Kate Tepe

I am a Cincinnati based artist who creates work related to group and personal identities, interpersonal relationships and community networks. I toggle back and forth from design and fine art, but I enjoy opening my practice to develop collaborative projects, that encourage participants to take as much ownership in the work as I do. I aim to explore conscious and unconscious identities, (racial, sexual, national, or cultural) as well as established social codes. Iā€™m interested in how these identities shape how we perceive ourselves and others ā€“ and I want to push those perceptions, so people create a greater sense of honestly and intimacy with each other.

My background is broad. I began studying Fashion Design, and conceptually based art work. I received my MFA from the University of Cincinnati, and my BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I have been fortunate to work under the guidance of several respected artists, such as Noel Anderson, Katie Parker, and Nick Cave. These people have influenced my interest in community engagement, and the power of material exploration to push boundaries. I have also lead instruction, and developed programming for the Contemporary Arts Center, the Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati Public Schools, The University of Dayton, and The Art Institute of Chicago.