Katie Grace McGowan explores empathy and affect through a variety of media. In addition to her individual practice, which is often essayistic in nature, she is a co-founding member of an amorphous education collective called FREE @RT Sch001.
She is engaged in genre bending performance, installation, creative non- fiction and working as an amateur private eye. By conducting invisible theatre experiments—whether posing as the next cosmetic surgery victim or a hapless traveler looking for God —one is given entrée into cultures far removed from one’s own. These inquiries are then processed in a variety of media.
Katie received an M.F.A. from The University of Iowa in Intermedia. She holds M.A. and B.A. degrees from Wayne State University in Creative Writing and English, respectively. Katie is recipient of a Wilhelm and Jane Bodine Fellowship, Virgil M. Beall Academic Fellowship; and residencies from Udruga Filmaktiv and Prostor Plus.
She is currently working as Curator of Education at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD).