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My name is Kate Lewis, and I’ve been making art my whole life. Every summer growing up my parents took us on road trips in a caravan where the back seat folded into a bed, sometimes for two months at a time. I always kept a journal, and in it I would draw the roadside flea markets in Georgia, the A frames in Alaska, the beach houses along the east coast.
I started traveling on my own at 18, drawing the houses along Playa Conchal in Costa Rica on pizza box covers in permanent markers, painting cities with watercolors out of my backpack from Brazil to Peru, selling postcards of stone buildings in the Pyrenees in France outside of restaurants, until eventually I got my first drafting table when I settled down in Chicago. Here was where I really started to run with black and white line work, going to art jams, getting involved in the largest community of creatives I’m still grateful to be supported and surrounded by.
Through constantly moving and collecting experiences I’ve held onto memories more than anything. I’m nostalgic in a way I have to explain to most when my mental highs can sometimes be low in that wonderfully poetic way. I cherish the structures that hold host to my most intimate moments, chronicling them in my work, and hope to inspire others to see beauty in the places that made them who they are.
2010 BA in Travel & Tourism, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
2012 Harold Washington College
2017 Home for the Holidays Architectural Drawing Workshop, Spudnik Press, Chicago, IL
2017 Artist-in-Residency, The Old No. 77, New Orleans, LA
2016 Artist-in-Residency, Fulton Market Kitchen, Chicago, IL
2017 “Pen & Ink”, Union Street Gallery, Chicago, IL
2017 150 Years of Frank Lloyd Wright, All Star Press, Chicago, IL
2017 Community, Swedish Snus Store, Chicago, IL
2017 Remember, Remember, The Chandlery, New Orleans, LA
2017 30 Flirty & Thriving, After Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
2017 Funhouse/Art Oddities, All Star Press, Chicago, IL
2017 Pagan Halloween, Vintage Quest, Chicago, IL
2017 Dark Times, Flat Iron, Chicago, IL
2017 Required Reading, Gallery F, Chicago, IL
2017 Grand Opening, All Star Press Opening, Chicago, IL
2017 Zoology, Vintage Quest, Chicago, IL (curated by Sick Fisher)
2016 Naked People, Vintage Quest, Chicago, IL (curated by Sick Fisher)
2016 Man, The Times, Man, Maxwell Collette (curated by Don’t Fret)
2016 Activate Chicago, Loop Alliance, Chicago, IL
2016 Logan Square Arts Festival, Shop 1021, Chicago, IL
2016 PBR Art, East Room, Chicago, IL
2016 Speaking in Cursive, Idealty, Chicago, IL (curated by Patt Knerr)
2016 Water for Flint, The Black Couch, Chicago, IL
2016 2 Year Anniversary, Treehouse Records, Chicago, IL
2017 Mural Installation (8 x 40 ft.), Violet Hour, Chicago, IL
2017 Mural Installation, Google Headquarters, Chicago, IL
2017 Graphic Facilitator for the International Women’s Forum Annual Gala, The Standard, Chicago, IL