About

Kate Levy is a documentary, lens-based artist and organizer whose work elucidates systems, shares power, and supports social justice work. She received her Master in Fine Arts from International Center of Photography-Bard College in 2013. She has exhibited her lens-based work and screened films internationally. Levy's work has been featured on Democracy Now: The War and Peace Report, Al Jazeera, Fusion, AllDef Music and CNN. In 2015 she worked with investigative journalist Curt Guyette and the ACLU of Michigan to bring light to the Flint Water Crisis. She is a 2018 MacDowell Fellow

KATE LEVY 

4301 21st St. Ste. 444 Long Island City, NY 

 katelevydocumentary.com | kateelizabethlevy@gmail.com | 303.304.9341

EDUCATION

  • M.F.A. Advanced Photographic Studies, International Center of Photography/Bard College, New York, NY, 2013 
  • B.A. Visual Arts, Naropa University, Boulder, CO, 2007 
  • Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY, 2002-2004

AWARDS AND HONORS

  • Artist in Residence, The MacDowell Colony, Winter/Spring 2018
  • Patagonia Works Grant, 2017-2018
  • Founders Award for Citizen Journalism, Traverse City Film Festival, 2017
  • Best Hip Hop Video (Take tha House Back), American Music Video Festival, 2017
  • Outstanding Excellence—Social Issues Short (Here’s to Flint), Docs Without Borders Film Festival, 2017
  • Best Documentary Feature (Here’s to Flint), Big Mini Film Festival, 2016
  • Michigan Coalition for Human Rights Media Activist Award, 2016
  • Santa Fe Art Institute Water Rights Residency (declined), 2016
  • Metabolic Studio, $10,000 for Detroit Water Crisis Documentation, 2015
  • Honorable Mention, Camera Club New York, Annual Juried Competition, 2013
  • ICP-Bard Director’s Scholarship Recipient, 2011, 2012

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

  • The Fate of The Machinery, 9338 Campau, Hamtramck, MI, September 2015 
  • All I Have is This Shovel, ICP-Bard MFA Studios, Long Island City, NY, March 2013
  • Reframing the Homo (and the Frame), tHERe, Denver, CO, June 2011
  • Necessary Objects, Lincoln Gallery, Naropa University, Boulder, CO, 2010

SELECTED SCREENINGS

ORGANIZING

FILMS

PHOTO AND VIDEO JOURNALISM

PUBLICATIONS

TEACHING

  • Art and Activism, Service Learning Course, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, 2016
  • Digital Imaging I, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, 2014-2015
  • Digital Imaging 2, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, 2014-2015
  • Flatbed Scanner as Camera, School of the International Center of Photography, New York, NY, 2014, 2015
  • Documentary Strategies and Citizen Journalism, Prescott College, Narok, Kenya, 2013
  • Museum Educator, International Center of Photography, New York, NY, 2011-2013

PANELS AND PRESENTATIONS

  • Loyola University Climate Change Conference, Chicago, IL, March 17, 2017
  • Arts and Civic Engagement Class, Professor Mary Lou Greene, Marygrove College, Detroit,  MI, February 2, 2017
  • Sustainable Michigan Endowed Program, Michigan State University, Cass Corridor Commons, Detroit, MI, January 27, 2017
  • Constitution Day, College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI, September 16, 2016
  • Allied Media Conference, Detroit, MI, June 18, 2016
  • City as Health Policy Conference, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, May 6, 2016
  • The Irresistible Resistance, The New School, New York, NY, April 20, 2016
  • Undergraduate School of Social Work, Professor Diana Copeland, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, February 8, 2016
  • Collaborative Study of Structural Racism Class, Professor Peter Hammer, Detroit Equity Action Lab, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, February 10, 2016
  • 9338 Campau, Co-hosted by Hamtramck Historical Museum, April 15, 2015
  • Art and Activism, Professor Marilyn Zimmerwoman, Wayne State University, February 19, 2015

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

STORYTELLING AND CAMPAIGN COMMISSIONS

EMPLOYMENT

  • Artist and Community Programs Coordinator, More Art, New York, NY,  August 2017-present
  • Citizen Journalism Program Developer, Detroit Equity Action Lab, Detroit, MI, 2016-2017
  • Legal Assistant, Constitutional Litigation Associates, Detroit, MI, 2016
  • Collaborative Documentary Film Producer, Leonard Kaplan Education Collaborative, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, 2014-2015
  • Studio Manager, Gillian Laub, New York, NY, 2011-2012 
  • Studio Assistant, Gillian Laub, New York, NY, 2012-2014

PRESS AND CRITICAL TEXTS