MFA VS Alumni, Katie Piatt to perform at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

February 13, 2019

Katie Piatt is a nonbinary artist living, playing dress-up, and telling jokes in Portland, Oregon. They explore the ideas of gender, body, fatpower/sizeism, and queer identity with their extensive background in soft sculpture, sewing, and knitting as well as in their participatory performance art and storytelling/comedy practice. Using devastatingly honest humor and the art of spoken word, improvisation, and the awkward sound/silence, Katie tells stories of surviving religion, abuse, misogyny, and growing up a fat queer "girl" in the conservative Ozark hills of southern Missouri. Katie is also an educator and teaches both children and adults alike how to smash patriarchy through the wonders of arts, crafts, and participatory performance art pieces.

Katie has an MFA in Visual Studies and has performed at the Banff Centre, Portland's Artist Repertory Theatre as part of the 2015 Risk/Reward Festival, PNCA, PSU, the street, the Siren Theater with her queer comedy troupe That's What She Said, the 2017 NW New Works Festival in Seattle, WA, for her 4th and 5th graders at Abernethy Elementary, and most recently at the Deep End Theater for a 3-day run of their interactive one-person show Male Fragility: A Night of Rant & Reason.

Bisexual/Omnisexual, nonbinary, They/Them.

Causing art-mischief in Portland, Oregon by way of Springfield, Missouri.