Born in Newport, RI, Katharine Umsted grew up in small towns in South Carolina and Illinois. After graduating from the College of Charleston, she moved to New York for an MFA at the School of Visual Arts. Identifying as a sculptor, Umsted makes work which reflects her personal experience of the world. Her body of work includes helmets, breast plates, shields and chain mail dresses. Umsted also makes paintings and small books with time and landscape as their subject. She has shown widely.  Recent exhibitions include: Tanja Grunert Salon (Hudson) Gallery Tanja Grunert  (NYC), Art Kiosk (Redwood City, CA), Collar Works (Troy, NY), LAB Space (Hillsdale, NY) and Kleinert James Gallery/Byrdcliffe (Woodstock, NY). She lives and works in New York City and Hudson, NY. In 2018, Katharine received a Pollock-Krasner Grant.



2021 Wish You Were Here and Ghost Boats, Tanja Grunert, Princess Beatrix House, Hudson, NY

2019 Long View, Redwood City Kiosk, Redwood City, California

2016 Drawings, Galerie Tanja Grunert, New York, NY

2015 Upstate Studio of Kyle Heidenheimer, Hudson, NY

2014 School of Visual Arts, Branding Gallery

2007 Sterling Group, New York, NY



2019 Holiday, LAB Space, Hillsdale, NY

         The Clemente Public Spaces, The Clemente, LES New York, NY

2018 Recognize you when she sees you, Give you the things she has for you, September Gallery, Hudson, NY

        The Clemente Public Spaces, The Clemente, LES New York, NY

        True North, LAB Space, Hillsdale, NY

2017 Centennial:SHE, Greene Arts, Catskill, NY. Curated by Portia Munson.

        The Clemente Sculpture Exhibition, The Clemente, LES NYC. Curated by Wayne Liu.

        Taconic North, LAB Space, Hillsdale, NY. Curated by Susan Jennings and Julie Torres.

        The Bedroom, Joyce Goldstein Gallery, Chatham, NY. Curated by The Women Artist Team.

        Taconic North, LAB Space, Hillsdale, NY, Curated by Susan Jennings and Julie Torres.

2016 CAMPSITE: Hudson Valley Artists 2016, Samual Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz, New Palz, NY. Curated by Corinna Ripps Schaming.

        Drishti: A Concentrated Gaze, 1285 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY. Curated by Elizabeth Heskin and Patty Spergel.

        Thru the Rabbit Hole, Sideshow Gallery, Williamsburg, NY                 

        Square Foot Art Basel Miami Redux, Projects Gallery, Miami, FL

2014 The Last Brucennial, 837 Washington St., New York, NY.  Curated by The Bruce High Quality Foundation.

2012 Cowgirls of the Hudson Valley, Brik Gallery, Catskill, NY.  Curated by Richard Timperio.

2010 Cowgirls of the Hudson Valley, Brik Gallery, Catskill, NY.  Curated by Richard Timperio.

2008 and/or gallery, Dallas, TX.  Sold on Soylent (Sculpture’s Back In Town)

2006 Gallery M, Harlem, New York.

2004 Gallery M, Harlem, New York. (two-person show)

        Underground Railroad House, Peekskill, New York. Peekskill Project  (collaboration)

2002 Lance Fung Gallery, New York.  Painting Is Dead....Or Is It?

        Flowas, Brooklyn, New York.  Group Show

2001 Lance Fung Gallery, New York.  Crossing Parallels  (collaboration)

        Hopper House, Nyack, New York.   Going Home  Catalogue

        Ssamzie Space, Seoul, South Korea. Ssamzie Site Specific  Catalogue                                 

2000 Old Church Cultural Center Gallery, Demarest, New Jersey.  Hunt            

1999  Lance Fung Gallery, New York.  Line

1997 Lance Fung Gallery, New York.  Image

1994 Acme Gallery, New York.  Landscape...... , curated by Michael Toledo

1993 Muanushi Lederman, New York. Catalogue Show

        Fridholm Fine Arts, Ashville, North Carolina. Fiber Works

1992 Muanushi Lederman, New York. 10 Steps



1990 MFA School of Visual Arts, New York, New York

1985 Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont

1985 BA College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina



2018 Pollock Krasner Grant



Ssamzie Site Specific.  Seoul, South Korea.  2001

Going Home.  Hopper House, Nyack, New York.  2001



Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT