Bio and CV

Kate Levy is a documentary filmmaker, artist, organizer and media activist who uses place-based research to elucidate power and support 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.  For her work she won the 2016 Michigan Coalition for Human Rights Media Activist Award and best documentary feature at the Big Mini Media Festival. Levy also contributes to the We the People Community Research Collaborative-- a community-based multimedia mapping project about the effects of austerity and water, land and education. She teaches at Wayne State University. 


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  • 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

Organizational, Curatorial and Publication Projects


  • Art and Activism, Service Learning Course, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, 2016
  • Introduction to Photography and Video, Create North East Detroit and Allied Media Projects, 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
  • K-12 Visual Arts Teacher, Mackinac Island Public School, Mackinac Island, MI, 2008-2009


  • Administrative Assistant, Constitutional Litigation Associates, Detroit, MI February 2017-present
  • Assistant to the Director, Leonard Kaplan Education Collaborative, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, 2014-2015
    • Liaison between community and academic professionals
    • Develop and update website
    • Oversee communications
    • Organize events and meetings
    • Studio Assistant, Gillian Laub, New York, NY, 2011-2014
    • Manage digital and analog photography and video archives
    • Correspond with editors and curators
    • Edit, correct, retouch and finalize images for assignments, publications and exhibitions

Awards and Grants

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


  • Dangerous Times, Rebellious Responses, documentary and exhibition on Detroit’s immigrant sanctuary movement in the 1980s.  Camera, editor; in progress
  • I Do Mind Dying, documentary and archive project on Detroit’s bankruptcy and water shutoffs through the lens of long-time residents and activists.  Producer, director, camera, editor; in progress
  • Take tha House Back, music video about fighting foreclosures and evictions. Produced by Detroit Recordings. Director, camera, editor; 2016
  • Built and Rebuilt, an excavation of the 25-year history of a Detroit Public School. Produced by the Leonard Kaplan Education Collaborative, Wayne State University.  Director, camera, editor; 2015
  • Here’s to Flint, an up-to-the minute documentary on the Flint Water Crisis. Produced by the ACLU of Michigan. Director, camera, editor; 2016
  • Because They Could, a documentary on the state-mandated closing of Detroit’s only school for special needs children.  Producer, director, camera, editor; 2014
  • The Albert, a short video on development and displacement in Detroit; Director, camera, editor; 2014

Selected Film Screenings

Here’s to Flint 

I Do Mind Dying (in-progress community screenings)

Take tha House Back

Built and Rebuilt

Because They Could

  • Wayne County Community College, Detroit, MI, April 23, 2015
  • Wayne State University College of Education, Detroit, MI, January 29, 2015

Multimedia Collaborations with Community Organizers

Multimedia Journalism

Group Exhibitions

Panels and Presentations

  • Panel on the origins of the Flint Water Crisis, Loyola University Climate Change Conference, Chicago, IL, March 17, 2017
  • Artist’s Talk, Arts and Civic Engagement Class, Professor Mary Lou Greene, Marygrove College, Detroit,  MI, February 2, 2017
  • Roundtable with Sustainable Michigan Endowed Program scholars from Michigan State University, Cass Corridor Commons, Detroit, MI, January 27, 2017
  • Presentation on artist collaboration with Bryce Detroit and Shanna Merola, Constitution Day, College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI, September 16, 2016
  • Take tha House Back screening and panel on entertainment justice, Allied Media Conference, Detroit, MI, June 18, 2016
  • Presentation: “Photographs from a Changing Detroit,” City as Health Policy Conference, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, May 6, 2016
  • Presentation on Flint documentary work, The Irresistible Resistance, The New School, New York, NY, April 20, 2016
  • Guest for class discussion on gentrification and infrastructural neglect in Detroit, Professor Diana Copeland, Undergraduate School of Social Work, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, February 8, 2016
  • Work-in-progress documentary screening and conversation about Flint, Collaborative Study of Structural Racism Class, Professor Peter Hammer, Detroit Equity Action Lab, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, February 10, 2016
  • Artist Talk, 9338 Campau, Co-hosted by Hamtramck Historical Museum, April 15, 2015
  • Artist Talk, Art and Activism Class, Professor Marilyn Zimmerwoman, Wayne State University, February 19, 2015
  • Artist Talk, Vertigo Gallery, Denver, CO, April 14, 2011

Selected Press

Public Collections

  • HyundaiCard Design Library, Seoul, 2013
  • Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, Mackinac Island, 2012