Katharine Taylor

Katharine Taylor

Sturgis, MI, United States

About Katharine Taylor

I was raised in a family that encouraged arts and crafts. Homeschooling allowed flexibility to incorporate art into lessons and time for museum visits while the family traveled across the country. I graduated from Hillsdale College in Michigan in 2002, summa cum laude and valedictorian of my class. At Hillsdale, I took a class in oil painting and fell in love with its capacity for rich colors and vibrant brushstrokes. My paintings won awards in both the Hillsdale College student juried shows, and the Michigan Small College Juried Shows.

After graduating I was given a one-year grant to work on a collaborative sacred arts project at Hillsdale. In 2008, after moving back to Michigan, I was asked to teach drawing and painting at my alma mater. Teaching brought a renewed joy and passion for pursuing fine arts, which led to my decision to pursue an MFA in Fine Art – Painting at Academy of Art University, graduating in May, 2017. My paintings are inspired by the unexpected beauty found in everyday scenes of people and surroundings near me.


2017 • MFA in Painting • Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA

2002 • BA in Art • Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI
Summa Cum Laude, Valedictorian


2010 | “Hands that Shaped the Nation,” historical painting of the signing of the Consititution
Hillsdale College Kirby Center for Constitutional Studies, Washington, DC

2003 | “Portrait of Concertmaster Phillip Mason”
Jackson Symphony Orchestra, Jackson, MI


2018 | Fine Art Faculty and Alumni Benefit Auction, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA
2018 | Portraits in Michigan Invitational, Charlevoix Circle of Arts, Charlevoix, MI
2017 | Ninth Annual Figurative Drawing and Painting Competition, Lore Degenstein Gallery, Susquehanna University, PA
2017 | “Quiet Moments” solo show, Tibbits Opera House, Coldwater, MI
2017 | “Handiworks” solo show, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Sturgis, MI
2017 | Hillsdale College Art Alumni Invitational, Hillsdale, MI
2013 and 2017 | Elkhart Juried Regional Show, Midwest Museum of American Art, Elkhart, IN
2015 and 2017 | Academy of Art University Spring Show, San Francisco, CA
2014 | Regional Juried Arts Competition, Carnegie Center for the Arts, Three Rivers, MI