Katie likes systems. She LOVES art.
She’s tried to fit into the academic system, the gallery system, the non-profit system. She enjoyed learning about all of them, how they worked, how they didn’t. When she saw where the cracks were she would get to work on how to fix them using her artist vision to come up with new and innovative solutions. The systems didn’t like this very much. So she left them one by one.
Katie is a different kind of curator - a curator of art, information and community development. She sees what others cannot see - ways to connect things that create a greater sense of connection and visibility for everyone involved.
Katie’s love of systems have created a number of side projects that work to help artists connect to each other and to their community. She’s created pop-up galleries, curated art community meetups and monthly artist gatherings, and devised online courses and resources for artists over at tools4artists.com.
Katie brings all of the knowledge she has gained from these previous projects to Exhibitions Worth Seeing, as well as all the training and entrepreneurial thinking she has received from Seth Godin’s altMBA and The Marketing Seminar programs and Marie Forleo’s B-School. She also brings her experience as the former Curator of the Lake Country Art Gallery, and the former Executive Director of the Arts Council of the Central Okanagan, as well as her experience as a sessional instructor at UBC Okanagan. Katie also works one-on-one with artists from all over the world at Katie Brennan Art Consulting.
On top of all of this, Katie is also a professional artist. She makes art using systems - bright, bold, colourful abstract systems; also known as paintings ;)
Her work has been exhibited across Canada and the United States and has been offered at major retailers such as Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn and Williams Sonoma Home and has appeared in interior design work in the pages of magazines like Domino, Better Homes & Gardens, House and Home, among others.
She holds a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design and a MFA from the University of Guelph.