About the Artist
Katie Boatman (b. 1987) received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Belmont University and went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. During her studies, she received grant and scholarship funding to study and exhibit in Italy at the International Center for the Arts in Montecastello di Vibio. In addition, she was awarded the SPARC Fellowship, which enabled SCUBA diving research in preparation for her culminating thesis project. Following her master studies, the Morris Graves Foundation in Loleta, CA selected her for an artist residency. Most recently, she was selected by the Confucius Institute at Western Kentucky University to participate in the 2016 Confucius China Studies Program focusing on the condition of Chinese Contemporary Art.
Katie has exhibition experience with various galleries and museums in Arkansas, California, Missouri, New York, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Italy. In response to the overarching concepts within her work, she states, “I am captivated by the spiritual realities that exist within nature. Since childhood, the natural world has inspired inner reflection and creativity. My work unites superficial perceptions with an otherworldly aesthetic to encourage consideration of deeper truths. Truths that are stifled by the immediacy provided from the ever-evolving technologies of today. Each piece aims to question our perceptions, particularly surrounding reality, origination, and the meaning of life.”
While maintaining her artistic practice, she is currently employed at Belmont University as the Director of Galleries and Full-Time Lecturer.
© 2016 Katie Boatman