About The Artist

Katherine O'Truk is an artist and art educator living and working in Chicago, IL. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art and Education from Lake Forest College in 2013 and is currently earning a Masters of Arts in Art Education from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


About The Art | Artist Statement

When it comes down to it, every piece of art I make deals with the feeling of a moment. I am interested in how we view moments and how we preserve and celebrate those that are special to us.

 I am an artist, art educator, and forever art student in Chicago. I am interested in exploring how a stroke of paint, a mark made with intention, or a smear of translucent color can impact a canvas; how those layers of media impact what came before and what will will come after. I often create abstract layers of circular forms and also create portraiture that pays tribute to the strength and beauty of female figures in my life and the moments I share with them. For me, the creation process is an examination of how layers of paint and juxtaposition of figures can convey the idea of a preserved, special moment in time.



2013 Lake Forest College; Bachelor of Studio Art and Education

2011 Lorenzo de' Medici | The Italian International Institute

Teaching Experience

2014-Present Downers Grove South High School

2014 Gallery 37

2013 New Trier High School

2013 Deerfield High School

Awards and Leadership Roles

2017-Present Awards Coordinator for Illinois High School Art Exhibition

2013 Graduated Cum Laude from Lake Forest College

2013 Senior Prize in Education from Lake Forest College

2011 Groner Grant recipient for study of art abroad at Lorenzo de’ Medici in Florence, Italy

2009 Durand Art Scholar at Lake Forest College

Exhibitions and Events

2019 I Katherine O’Truk Fine Art: Recent Works, Solo Exhibition, Andersonville Galleria, Chicago, IL

2019 I MADE, Group Exhibition, Morgan Manufacturing, Chicago, IL

2019 I RAW Reflect, Group Exhibition, Metro Chicago, Chicago, IL

2016 IHSAE Art Educator Exhibition, Group Exhibition, Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago, IL

2015 IHSAE Art Educator Exhibition, Group Exhibition, Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago, IL

2012 Emotion in Time, Solo Exhibition, Deerpath Gallery, Lake Forest, IL