Katy McCarthy

Assistant Professor , New Media, Art & Art History

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Katy McCarthy (she/her) is an artist, filmmaker and educator based in Austin, Texas. She holds a BFA from UC Santa Barbara and an MFA from the Interdisciplinary Studio Arts program at Hunter College in New York. Her short films explore psychology and feminist issues from a surrealist perspective and have been screened at The Every Woman Biennial Film Festival, Boulevard Film Festival, CUNY Film Festival, and NurtureART’s Single Channel: Video Art Festival. Her work has also been included in group shows at Tiger Strike Asteroid Gallery Los Angeles, Flux Factory in Long Island City, and the Santa Barbara Contemporary Art Museum among other venues. She has been an artist-in-residence at Lighthouse Works, LMCC Governors Island, SOHO20 Residency Lab, Grin City and The Wassaic Project. In 2018 Katy was the inaugural and sole recipient of the St. Elmo Fellowship at UT Austin. In 2021 she received the Austin Film Society short film grant for her most recent project “The Violinist,” a pro-abortion film based on a philosophical thought experiment, which is currently in post-production.

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