Katie Pumphrey

Through painting and installation, Katie Pumphrey’s work explores the tension between calm and chaos. Crisp edges and quiet shapes are in constant competition with playful movement and vibrating color. With turbulent brushstrokes and the suggestion of imagery, Pumphrey dives into the familiar struggle we all face, to find control, ease tension, and harness commotion. Her work examines these experiences with a hint of humor, play, and lightheartedness. Katie Pumphrey lives and works in Baltimore, MD. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art and has participated in artist residencies at the Studios of Key West, Vermont Studio Center, Gallery Four, and the Creative Alliance in Baltimore. Her work has been exhibited nationally, including solo exhibitions in Baltimore, Washington DC, Alexandria, and Key West. Katie is also a long distance, open water swimmer who swam the English Channel in 2015, around the island of Manhattan in 2017, and the Catalina Channel in 2018. These three swims comprise the Triple Crown of open water swimming, adding Katie to an elite group of swimmers from around the world.