Katie Grace McGowan is an interdisciplinary artist and writer who often wears rose-colored glasses. Through these specs, she enjoys examining her hometown and its evolving cast of characters.
Katie is engaged in genre-bending performance, writing creative nonfiction, and working as an amateur private eye. Her practice is rooted in participatory observation, or what Katie calls invisible theater, through which she explores the boundaries of mind/body discipline and ideology. By conducting invisible theatre experiments—whether posing as the next cosmetic surgery victim or a hapless traveler looking for God —she is given entrée into cultures far removed from her own. These inquiries are then processed through a variety of media.
From the summer of 2011 through early ‘14, McGowan worked as Curator of Education, then Curator of Education & Public Engagement, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), where she was also program coordinator for the Mike Kelley Mobile Homestead. In the last few years, McGowan taught Sculpture at the College for Creative Studies, with Chido Johnson, Creative Writing at Eastern Michigan University, and began hatching plans to build a desert bunker. McGowan is currently living between Brooklyn and Detroit.