Katy Krantz is a Los Angeles based artist whose multidisciplinary practice includes painting, ceramics and community based public art.  Her work centers around process and play, with the unpredictable nature of the studio taking a vital role in the work.  Krantz earned her MFA from CUNY, Hunter College and her BA from University of California, Santa Cruz. She has exhibited across the United States and abroad, showing her work at such venues as the Oakland Museum and the Richmond Art Center, as well as the City Museum of Cuernavaca, in Mexico. She has had solo shows at IKO IKO space in Los Angeles, Totokaelo in Seattle and Sunday Takeout in Brooklyn. Krantz’s public projects can be seen throughout Los Angeles County.  Her work was featured in Kate Singleton’s 2016 book, “Ceramics: Contemporary Artists Working in Clay.” She is a 2020- 2021 Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs Artist-In-Residence grantee and is currently serving as Culver City’s 2023-2025 Artist Laureate.


Katy Krantz

Born 1975, Lives in Culver City, CA

2007    MFA, Painting, Hunter College, New York, NY
1998    BA, Studio Art, University of California, Santa Cruz
1998    BA, American Studies (honors), University of California, Santa Cruz

Community Based Projects
2022    “Wilmington Ebb and Flow,” ceramic tile mural, Wilmington Town Square, Los Angeles, CA
2022    “Tree of Life,” “Headwaters” and “Chaparral Patchwork” three ceramic tile murals commissioned by Meta Housing Corporation for Bell Creek Apartments, Canoga Park, CA
2022    “Small World,” ceramic tile mural, El Marino Elementary School, Culver City CA
2021     Circle Song, ceramic tile mural, Canyon Country Community Center, Santa Clarita, CA
2021    The Art of Self Care for Parents and Caregivers during COVID, online workshop series conducted with support from the Los Angeles Public Library
2020    Favorite Things, ceramic tile mural, University Parents Nursery School, Los Angeles, CA
2020    Quarantine Quilt, fabric quilt made in collaboration with patrons and staff of Baldwin Hills Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library
2016    The Garden, ceramic tile mural, University Parents Nursery School, Los Angeles, CA
2016    Bullseye, shuttle bus stop signs, Mar Vista Art Walk, Los Angeles, CA
2010    Kumba Was Here, site specific installation, Former INS Building, Seattle WA

Selected Solo and Two Person Exhibitions
2017    Mother Mother, Sunday Takeout, Brooklyn, NY
2013    Katy Krantz, Totokaelo, Seattle, WA
2013    Symbiosis, Seattle Design Center, Seattle WA
2010    The Centerpiece, Iko Iko Space, Los Angeles, CA
2010    Alchemy, Saffron, Brooklyn, NY
2006     New Paintings, Metaphor Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, NY
2003     Deep Decoration, Giorgi Gallery, Berkeley, CA
1998     Reckless La-La, Dancing Man Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions
2022    On The Verge of Recognition, Well Well Projects, Portland, OR
2019    (Beyond) Redemption, Backspace Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2017    Wares: Ceramics Traditions in Contemporary Practice, East Side International, Los Angeles, CA
2016    Dressed Up Normal, Tappan Collective, Los Angeles, CA
2016    Drawing for Sculpture, TSA Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2011    DUG, Soil Gallery, Seattle, WA
2010    Pap Art, San Francisco College Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2009    Pap Art, Truman State University Art Gallery, Kirksville, MO
2008    Pollock-Krasner Fellows at Byrdcliffe, Kleinert/James Art Center, Woodstock, NY
2008    Annual Works on Paper, Long Beach Island Foundation, Loveladies, NJ
2003     Out of Line, Oakland Art Gallery, Oakland, CA
2003    Scenes and Zines, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA
2002     Turf: West Contra Costa County Artists, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA
2002    Visions of Peace, Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Oakland, CA
2000     Laberinto de Las Culturas, SOMARTS Gallery, San Francisco CA
2000    La Flor y La Calavera, Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA (catalog)
2000    Accidentes Vivenciales, Museo de la Ciudad de Cuernavaca, Cuernavaca, Mexico

Selected Awards and Fellowships
2023-25    Culver City Artist Laureate
2020-21    LA Department of Cultural Affairs Artist-in-Residence, Los Angeles, CA
2019-20    Baldwin Hills Library Artist-in-Residence, Project Art, Los Angeles, CA
2012        EDGE Professional Development Program, Artist Trust, Seattle, WA
2008         Pollock Krasner Fellow, Byrdcliffe Artist Colony, Woodstock NY
2007         Nancy Ashton Memorial Prize, Hunter College
2005         Lutz/Riedel Fellowship, Hunter College
2002         Full Scholarship, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass, CO
1998         Irwin Scholarship, UC Santa Cruz

Selected Bibliography
2021    Alvarenga, Emily. “Artist Calling for Community Help in Local Mural,” (image) The Santa Clarita Valley Signal, 4/21/21
2016    Singleton, Kate. “Ceramics: Contemporary Artists Working in Clay,”pp. 152-157, Chronicle Books, San Francisco, CA
2016    Garland, Heather Elizabeth. "Drawing for Sculpture at TSA New York,”  2/11/2016
2014    James, Emem. “Katy Krantz: Fire and Earth,” 10/1/14
2010    Davila, Florangela. “Artscape: New Arts Space in Old INS Building,” KPLU 88.5  (radio interview) 10/31/2010 
 2010     Lacitis, Erik. “Old INS Building gets new life as arts space,” (image) The Seattle Times, 10/17/2010 
2009    Saint Anne’s Review, A Journal of Contemporary Arts and Letters (two Images) Fall 2009
2006    La Rocco, Ben. Art Review, Brooklyn Rail, 2/06
2006    “Katy Krantz at Metaphor Contemporary Art, IN Brooklyn (cover image) 1/26/06
2005    “El Corazon de la Muerte: Altars and Offering for Days of the Dead,” Oakland Museum of California, (museum catalog)
2003    Kroth, Maya. "Out of Line: The Many Faces of Feminism at the Oakland Art Gallery," SF, 8/2003
2003    Westbrook, Lindsey. "Chicks Awry: Extra Spice at the Oakland Art Gallery," East Bay Express, 7/16/2003
2001    Cover Image and Interview, Oakland’s Urbanview, 10/24/01-10/30/01
2000    Santiago, Chiori. "Borderland," (image) The Museum of California Magazine, Fall 2000    "Exponen ‘Las Otras’ en El Museo de la Ciudad de Cuernavaca," (image) La Union de Morelos, 5/24/2000