Chatham University

Visual Arts Faculty and Staff

Kate Joranson MFA, MLIS

kjoranson (at)
Adjunct Faculty
Hometown : Madison, WI
Joined Chatham : 2007

Academic Areas of Interest

Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Installation, Writing, Visual Research, Museum Education, Visual Literacy, Information Literacy

Personal Areas of Interest

Natural history, gardening, ecology, historic science encyclopedias, hiking, camping, traveling, sewing.


Kate Joranson works as an artist, educator, and librarian in Pittsburgh, PA. Her studio work acknowledges the residual effects of everyday activities, such as running one’s hand along a wall, or sweeping the floor, as a source for mark-making and a record of one’s experience. She brings this sense of the everyday into her teaching, encouraging students in Arts First to experiment with a daily aesthetic practice of looking and drawing. She enjoys helping people become sensitized to and excited by the visual world around them. Her background in museum education has influenced her teaching as well, as it gave her the chance to lead numerous group discussions about contemporary art.


  • MLIS University of Pittsburgh, 2007
  • MFA Ohio State University, 2003
  • B.S. University of Wisconsin, 2000, Art Education