Katie Pumphrey is an artist living and working in Baltimore, MD.  Through painting and installation, Katie Pumphrey’s work explores the tension between calm and chaos. Crisp edges and quiet shapes are at a constant tug-o-war with playful movement and vibrating color. Her work dives into the familiar struggle we all face, again and again, to find control, ease the tension, and harness the commotion. We feel steady, level-headed, comfortable — and then something shifts, and we scramble to find our footing. We ping-pong between these moments time and time again. With turbulent brushstrokes and the suggestion of imagery, her work examines these experiences with a hint of humor, play, and lightheartedness.

Katie has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art.  She has participated in artist residencies at the Studios of Key West, Vermont Studio Center, Gallery Four, and the Creative Alliance in Baltimore. Katie is also a long distance, open water swimmer — who swam the English Channel in 2015, around the island of Manhattan in 2017, and the Catalina Channel in 2018. Those three swims make up the Triple Crown of open water swimming, adding Katie to an elite group of open water swimmers from around the world. This aspect of her life often influences and drives her work.

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2009 BFA— Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD

2008 MICA Honors Program— Studio Arts Centers International, Florence, Italy


2019  Merry-go-round, Sense Gallery, Washington, DC

Recent Works, Monument Sotheby’s Roland Park Gallery, Baltimore, MD

Recent Paintings: Katie Pumphrey + Joanne Kaufman, Capital One Exhibitions, McLean, VA

2018  Five More Minutes (Part I), Solo Exhibition, Susan Calloway Fine Arts, Washington, DC

Five More Minutes (Part II), Solo Exhibition, Athenaeum Gallery, Alexandria, VA

Over Under, Solo Exhibition, Harrison Gallery, Key West, FL

2017  Rearranging Rooms, Solo Exhibition, Project 1628, Baltimore, MD

2016  Heavyweight, Solo Exhibition, Susan Calloway Fine Arts, Washington, DC

2015  Weighted Game, Solo Exhibition, Gallery@Casewerks, Baltimore, MD

2014  Fight or Flight: Katie Pumphrey + Alessandra Torres, Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD


2019 UPCOMING- Tiny Show, Hen House, Washington, DC

Truth Lies Beyond, Foley Gallery, New York, NY

Bold, Amalie Rothschild Gallery, Baltimore, MD

By The People x Monochrome Collective Art Fair, Washington, DC

Drawn, Washington Studio School, Washington, DC

Oz, Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD

2018  Off the Web, The Peale Center, Baltimore, MD

Perspectives, Amalie Rothschild Gallery, Baltimore, MD

Heritage:Now, DC Arts Center, Washington, DC

The Factory, Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD

Abreast of the Times, Harrison Gallery, Key West, FL

2017  Wet, Strathmore, Bethesda, MD

Faculty Exhibition, Washington Studio School, Washington DC

Radius 250, Artspace Richmond, Richmond, VA

Disco Nights, Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD

Language of Material, Harrison Gallery, Key West, FL

Process & Practice, DC Arts Center, Washington, DC

2016  Faculty Exhibition, Washington Studio School, Washington, DC

All American House, Carroll Mansion at Carroll Museums, Baltimore, MD

The Critiqued, Otis Street Arts Project, Mount Rainier, MD

All Grown Up, Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD

All That Art, Chaney Gallery at Maryland Hall, Annapolis, MD

Resident Reunion, Creative Alliance, Baltimore MD

2015  Faculty Exhibition, Washington Studio School, Washington, DC

On the Hunt, Creative Alliance, Baltimore MD

2014  Memory: Captured Moments, Gallery@Casewerks, Baltimore, MD

NYC vs. Baltimore, Gallery 788, Baltimore, MD

Road to Rio, Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD

10+1, Gallery 788, Baltimore, MD

Bang-Bang, Amalie Rothschild Gallery, Baltimore, MD

2013  The Big Show, Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD

Introductions, Pinebox Art Center, Baltimore, MD

Kiss Me Deadly, Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD

Galaxy Cream, Amalie Rothschild Gallery, Baltimore, MD


2018 Artist-in-Residence, Baltimore Water Taxi, Baltimore, MD

2017 Artist-in-Residence, Studios of Key West 

2011-14 Artist-in-Residence, Creative Alliance at the Patterson 

2012 Artist-in-Residence, Vermont Studio Center, Artist Award 

2009-11 Artist-in-Residence & Co-curator, Gallery Four


2018  Washington Post, In the Galleries, by Mark Jenkins

Washington Post, 5 Under-the-Radar Art Exhibitions to Visit this Summer, by Jozé  Lopez Sanchez

2016 Washington Post, In the Galleries, by Mark Jenkins

Georgetowner, Book Hill Galleries Open for Spring Art Walk, May 13, by Ari Post      

Baltimore Sun, All American House at Carroll Mansion, by Liz Atwood

Washington Post, In the Galleries, by Mark Jenkins

East City Art, The Critiqued at Otis Street Arts Project, by Eric Hope 

2014  Bmoreart.com, We Saw This, So Should you: Fight or Flight at the CA, by Cara Ober


2018  East City Art, New Residential Building in NoMa Neighborhood Incorporates Works of Local & National Artists, by Rachel L. Davis

2017  Florida Weekly, Katie Pumphrey: Painting for her life, by Maxine Lopez-Keough

Rare, Inside the warehouse where the Women’s March prepares for their moment on the streets, by Alex Thomas

2015  Washington Post, Baltimore Artist completes English Channel swim in 14 hours 19 minutes, by Kendra Nichols

Jolyn Clothing Blog, Motivational Mondays: Katie Pumphrey, by Ashley Macedo

Tim Corbin Films, About Living, by Tim Corbin

DC Curbed, Washington DC Design House Showcase, by Michelle Goldchain

Home and Design, Show House Magic, by Julie Sanders

2014  Washington Post, Across the Potomac, and onto the Channel, by Lenny Bernstein

Washington Post, Fibromyalgia Sufferer takes on her Pain, Training to Swim English Channel, by Lenny Bernstein

2013  whatweekly.com, Building Alliances, by Chloe Gallagher


1441 L / Washington, DC

100 K Apartments / Washington, DC

Van Ness Main Street, Washington, DC

Clearview Communities / Frederick, MD

Embassy Row Hotel / Washington, DC

T Rowe Price / Baltimore, MD

E. Hoskins Law Group / Baltimore, MD

Private Collections across US + Europe