Katie Pumphrey was born and raised in rural areas of Maryland. Katie spent her time growing up with her two older brothers and her older sister. Being the youngest of four, in a very close knit family that is always evolving, continues to have a significant impact on her life and work.
Katie finished her BFA in Painting at Maryland Institute College of Art in 2009. She has participated in artist residencies at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT and Gallery Four in Baltimore, MD, where she was also a co-curator. Katie recently finished a three-year residency at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore, MD.
Her recent work explores movement, competitive roles, and instincts through large-scale paintings and drawings. Katie is also a long-distance, open-water swimmer—who swam the English Channel in the summer of 2015. This aspect of her life often influences and drives her work.
Katie lives and works in Washington, DC.