Katy Schimert


Katy Schimert (born 1963) is an American artist known for exhibitions and installations that meld disparate media into cohesive formal and conceptual visual statements arising out of personal experience, myth and empirical knowledge. She interweaves elements of fine and decorative arts, figuration and abstraction in densely layered drawings and sculpture that together suggest elliptical narratives or unfolding, cosmic events. Curator Heidi Zuckerman wrote that Schimert is inspired by "the places where the organized and the chaotic intersect—the scientific and the mythic, the known and the unknown, and the real and the imagined … she creates work that exists where, through fantasy, truth and beauty meet."

Schimert received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2020, as well as awards from the Joan Mitchell Foundation and Pollock-Krasner Foundation, among others. Her work belongs to the public collections of institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), and Walker Art Center. She lives and works in New York City and Rhode Island, and teaches at Rhode Island School of Design.

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