From the age of five, Kate Speranza knew art was her path. She grew up in Portland, Oregon and received her BFA in 2009 from Oregon College of Art & Craft where she concentrated in metalsmithing; creating both jewelry and sculpture.
After taking a few years to develop a studio practice and juggle several part-time jobs, she decided to pursue her MFA at East Carolina University to study under mixed-media jewelry artist, Robert Ebendorf. Her advisors were supportive of her interest in other disciplines and during her time there, she discovered a love for painting. Speranza’s thesis body of work culminated in a diverse collection of large paintings, mixed media sculptures, and framed text engraved on paper. Her work was about the importance of solitude and its benefits.
Speranza’s own need for significant periods of solitude has continued to drive this theme in her work. Her current studio practice extends far past metalworking, combining a variety of materials and formats. “I let the concept dictate the materials; and I always have multiple series in progress.” Since graduate school, she has returned to the west coast and now lives and works in Astoria, Oregon. Speranza has shown her jewelry, sculptures, and paintings in many regional and national exhibitions. Most recently, she was invited to participate in a month-long artist residency at Arteles Creative Center in Finland in February 2020.