Katherine Crowley - Columbus Open Studio & Stage


Visitors to Katherine Crowley’s studio are welcome to park in the lot adjacent the building housing her studio. Entering through the main door, you will be greeted by a volunteer who will direct you to Katherine’s space on the first floor. During the tour guests will be able to view selections of her oil color paintings, bronze sculptures, and mixed media works.


Painting, bronze sculpture, photography


Katherine Crowley was born 1976 in Columbus, Ohio.  Her childhood was filled with ballet, music, art lessons, and expeditions into the nearby creeks and ravines. Inspired by stories of headstrong girls, Walt Disney movies, and a library of children’s books, young Katie drew picture after picture of the world that surrounded her, both real and fantastical. At ten, Katie began to study art through Columbus College of Art and Design’s Saturday Art Education Program. Katherine attended Miami University, graduating in 1999 with a BFA in graphic design. She has worked in the graphic design field for healthcare, retail, architectural, and legal clients and is currently employed with AECOM, a global architecture and engineering firm. Ms. Crowley works as a painter and bronze sculptor. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States, Japan and is held in many private collections. She is active in Central Ohio Plein Air, Ohio Portrait Painters and the Worthington Area Art League. In 2007 she began publishing the monthly online magazine The Avant-Garde (www.the-avant-garde.com) which informs readers on current events in the Columbus art world and beyond.


I grew up in a family that places great importance on learning and understanding history. My parents raised me with a strong sense of where I come from and an understanding of the many social influences that lead up to an event that is later viewed as historic. I grew to value objects as important markers of history and human achievement at a given point in time. In college I studied art history along with my studio classes and learned to recognize how important human events and technological advancements influenced the artwork of the day. I see my artwork as an avenue to telling a story and creating remnants of my own history.

I recently began incorporating sculptural elements into my paintings by hiding small objects within the stretchers of my canvases. The painted surface is often a present day scene or landscape. The objects at the back of the painting help to define the landscape’s place in history or represent something personal to myself or my client. I began working in this manner when my youngest sister was married. As a gift, I created four paintings representing the courtship of the couple. At the back of the fourth painting, I hid a small bronze sculpture of my sister’s wedding shoe as a secret she and her husband can choose to keep or share with the viewer. In this way I convey a deeper meaning through the piece.



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