Kate Renee lives and works in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Kate graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BA in fine arts, art history, and a minor in design, and has worked with various galleries in the Twin Cities. She was an intern at the Katherine E. Nash Gallery and also worked as a gallery attendant at the Larson Art Gallery during her undergraduate studies. She is passionate about museum work volunteered at the American Swedish Institute as a museum receptionist and worked at The Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
Kate finished up her Assistant Gallery Director internship at Altered Esthetics, a non-profit art gallery in Northeast Minneapolis, where she had the chance to curate an exhibition and write grants for the organization. As of January of 2011, she became the first Director of Solo Exhibitions. Kate developed a program designed to offer emerging artists career development guidance and a solo exhibition.
Kate is building a national reputation with exhibitions throughout the United States. She received honorable mention at the 2010 Arrowhead Biennial at the Duluth Art Institute and was Featured Artist for the Altered Esthetics’ Level_13: Cheat Codes exhibition. She was A-listed in City Pages for her exhibition at Gamut Gallery, Imaginarium, with local Minnesotan artist Brett Early. In January 2013, Kate was awarded a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant and completed her Beauties Behaving Badly Series with a solo exhibition at Gamut Gallery in 2014.
During 2013-2014, Kate was a protégée in the Women’s Art Resources of Minnesota (WARM) Mentor Program. She worked alongside artist, mentor and life coach, Jill Waterhouse, for two years to build upon her professional arts career. During her work in the WARM program, she created the series Beauties Behaving Badly.
When Kate began her second solo exhibit 7 Sins, City Pages interviewed her about her new creative technique, making her art three dimensional. The interest in her work and technique grew, and she was also featured in Minnesota Monthly’s January 2016 article on up and coming artists.
Currently, Kate is working in studio located in the 2010 Artblok in Northeast Minneapolis, and pursuing her graduate degree in Arts and Cultural Management. She frequently teaches arts business classes and publishes content on her business arts blog.