Community, Education, Events & Press
Over the years Katie Fogg has represented Southeastern, Connecticut and New York communities in various educational and creative endeavors. This portfolio presents a collection of events and press developed for mental health organizations and community based projects. Moreover an array of artwork, created both as a student and freelance artist are included, representing the full spectrum of Fogg’s professional and individual abilities.
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The Art of Determination
BY Amy J. Barry SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Published September 02. 2010
Making art, teaching art, talking about art energizes and motivates Katie Fogg of Waterford, a young emerging artist who graduated from Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts this past spring.
When she received the Stobart Foundation award upon graduation, Fogg said it reinforced for her that she was on the right path-even if, as she points out, the roads in her landscape paintings appear to be leading nowhere.
Reunion Exhibition John Stobart Fellowship Award Winners: 1989-2010 Curated by Gallery Manager and Stobart Fellow 2010
It is the responsibility as the Gallery Manager at The Gallery of Firehouse Square to run daily agenda at the gallery and be the face to represent to the community. In addition to scheduling, curating, marketing and hosting all 8 events each year, the gallery showcases maritime art and provides educational workshops that bring fort the practice traditional fine arts and beyond.
ONE PLACE MANY CULTURES
Wall to Wall New London Mural Project
The Project Manager assisted Director Russ Kramer in making, scheduling, and coordinating of all artist involved in the mural. In collaboration with local high schools and middle schools of New London, the Project Manager outreached for portraits by the students that would be reproduced onto the mural by established local artists. Project Manager was responsible for all daily scheduling, materials, safety, and driving the scissor lift. All letters and two faces painting by Project Manager Katie Fogg.
ProjectArt a leading out-of-school and residency program for artists and underserved K-12 students, provides innovative, creative, and effective approaches to teaching and learning through the visual arts in partnership with public libraries from coast to coast. Through the organization's arts and social practice residency in the public library, artists create new artwork and mentor youth who do not receive adequate access to art education.
ProjectArt defines underserved as those lacking adequate access to art programs and cultural opportunities because of economic conditions, race or ethnic background, geography, disability, abuse, or neglect.
ProjectArt has a strong interest in projects that provide students with opportunities to think critically, problem-solve, work collaboratively, and communicate effectively as they mature into young adults.
Print Shop Technician
Responsibility to maintain printshop environment, materials, restocking and safety as well as assist attendees during shop hours. Technician will also participate as a teaching assistant during classes. 2012 - 2014
Article - SUMMER AT THE SHORELINE
SCAP IS EMBRACING THE SUMMER
WITH EDUCATION THROUGH CREATIVITY
THE SHORELINE HAS BEEN COLLECTIVELY BUSY THIS SUMMER! THE TEAM AT SCAP ENJOYS EMBRACING THE OUTDOORS DURING THIS TIME OF YEAR. THERE A LOCAL PARKS, BEACHES AND SMALL HIKING TRAILS NOT FAR FROM THE GROUP HOME. AND DURING ALL THIS WE ARE VERY EXCITED TO SEE THE GROUP HOME TRANSFORM FROM THE INSIDE AND OUT. THERE IS NEW SIDING IS BEING ADDED AS WELL AS A FRESH COAT OF PAINT. WITH ALL THIS ACTION, THE MEMBERS OF THE GROUP HOME ARE ADDING THEIR OWN PERSONAL TOUCH.
WORKING AS A TEAM A NEW AND IMPROVED GARDEN HAS BEEN BLOSSOMING AND THE HOLIDAYS ARE JOYOUS. THE SCAP GARDEN PROVIDES CLIENTS WITH AN OUTDOOR ACTIVITY RIGHT OUTSIDE THEIR HOME AND A PLACED TO SIT, ENJOY, AND RELAX. EVERYONE GIVES A BIG THANKS TO SHORELINE GARDENS FOR THEIR DONATION AND ADDING THEIR PRESENCE OF COMMUNITY TO OUR GARDEN. WHILE GARDENING, SCAP STAFF PROVIDES KNOWLEDGE ON GROUNDING THE HUMAN BODY AND THE HEALING BENEFITS OF THE EARTH. SCAP EXPLAINS “WHEN YOU CONNECT TO THE EARTH YOU FEEL CENTERED, STRONG, BALANCED, LESS TENSE AND LESS STRESSED. ONE INDIVIDUAL TOOK A LEAD ROLL IN PREPPING THE GARDEN AND PLANTING FLOWERS. HE WORKED VERY HARD TO START UP THE GARDEN, FOCUSED ON THE MAINTENANCE, LOOKED FORWARD TO CARING FOR IT, AND FELT REALLY GOOD AFTER IT WAS COMPLETED. SCAP ALSO HAD A WICKER BENCH THAT NEEDED TO FIND ITS PLACE. IT MADE A GREAT ADDITION TO THE GARDEN AND A PLACE WHERE OTHERS CAN SIT TO ENJOY.
AROUND THIS TIME 4TH OF JULY CAME UPON AND MORE EDUCATION THROUGH CREATIVITY TOOK PLACE. THE SHORELINE LOVES TO EMBRACE OUR HOLIDAYS AND HELP OTHERS BECOME INFORMED. OUR CELEBRATION FOCUSED ON OUR APPRECIATION FOR FREEDOM AND INDEPENDENCE. WHILE RED, WHITE, AND BLUE DECORATIONS WERE MADE IN ART GROUP, OTHERS PARTICIPATED IN A BAKING GROUP FOR THE 4TH OF JULY DESSERT. “WE WANTED TO END THE PICNIC ON A REFRESHING SWEET NOTE.”
THE SMELL OF FRESH FLOWERS, THE FEEL OF BOUNTIFUL ENERGY, AND DASHES OF COLOR KEEPS THINGS RADIANT AND ALIVE DURING THE 2019 SUMMER AT THE SHORELINE!
Written & Directed by Senior Case Manager Katie Fogg
THE SHORELINE COMMUNITY APARTMENT PROGRAM - Gilead Community Services
Tossing Lines: Katie Fogg a beacon in New London art scene
I’m a bit of a dreamer when it comes to old buildings and art, so I immediately felt the creative vibe in the exquisite architectural style of the 1912, five-story Dewart Building on State Street as I ascended to the third floor studio of New London artist Katie Fogg.
I’ve long wanted a glimpse of a New London artist’s world since I always envisioned the visual arts as the foundation and hope of the Whaling City’s downtown. After all, it’s common knowledge that arts are key to the allure of cities, attracting tourists, commerce and young professionals to live and work there.
Fogg’s high-ceilinged, two-room studio was airy, as intriguing and cluttered as I had imagined. Artwork was everywhere, a nearby table scattered with tubes, brushes, and colorful splatters that never found the canvas.
A miter saw reminded me that she has evolved into a multi-media artist since graduating from the prestigious Lyme Academy of Fine Arts in 2010. Her business card lists “Portraits, Plein Air, Abstract, Live Painting, Body Art.” But there’s more.
A table against dramatically tall, century-old windows holds a sewing machine, symbolizing Fogg’s love of fashion design. She recently produced a six-piece collection in avant-garde, vintage-modern form for Fashion in the Ballroom downtown. Though painting has been her focus, the return to fashion just “felt so right.”
I was soon immersed in a world of captivating creativity, curiosity and self-examination.
Fogg graduated from the New York Academy of Fine Arts in 2014 with a Master of Fine Arts degree, and spent a few years in the New York art scene, working as a teacher’s assistant at the academy and other odd jobs while she showed her works in various city venues.
“It was one of the best times of my life,” she said.
She taught art in after-school programs for city kids in Brooklyn and Harlem, before returning to New London, where she now works full-time as a senior case manager for the disabled.
During her New York years, Fogg created one of her trademark styles (it’s literally trademarked): “Tracisum.” Pronounced Trace-izum, it’s actually “music art” spelled backwards, a freewheeling art form wherein music encourages subconscious expression.
“I basically dance with my arms and hands,” Fogg said. Her go-to musical styles have changed over the years, from fast-rhythm electronic music to melodic compositions and jazz, corresponding with her state of mind, more calm these days.
The results are complex, intense and intriguing. A combination of mysterious lines, expressive color and artistic flow, tracisum, like abstract, invites individual interpretation. I found them magical.
Tracism emerged when Fogg turned from looking outward to looking inward, and discovered a way to intimately illustrate her life through emotion, and introspection. It’s a path of exploration on her spiritual journey.
“It’s my cry, but it’s not a sad cry today,” she said.
Fogg has shared her gift through local art classes and enjoys painting en plein air, a chance to interact with the public, as in her well-received New London Streetscapes series.
She exhibits wherever she can connect with people, even painting bodies in the Hygienic’s Naked Canvas shows, and recently took part in Portraits for Humanity — Safe Futures, donating the proceeds in order to give back to the community, something Fogg feels strongly about.
New London holds a special place in her heart but she recognizes it’s time to expand her audience.
A show for contemporary Connecticut artists in Farmington brought rave reviews, as did a recent multi-media show in Dallas, Texas.
The Mystic Art Show is on her radar for the first time, for which she envisions a Mystic streetscape series, much like her New London project.
Fogg calls art her “journey to enlightenment,” and emphasizes that “We are all part of the same community. We’re all in this together. We are one.”
Artistic survival in New London is not easy, but Fogg feels her moment is near.
“This is my time, but with all the energy I put into my job, I have yet to put full energy into myself, and my work, and get it out there,” she said.
Michael Lech, of Brighton Way Gallery in Farmington, said of Fogg: “Katie is extremely talented, a true artistic force. She exemplifies the mission of Brighton Way, and we are proud to host her works. One quickly sees your own story woven deep in Katie’s rich narrative of texture, color and theme.”
Urban planners say that to find downtown success, “follow the drips of paint.”
That evening with Katie Fogg, I found the creative foundation and hope of the city’s downtown, and sensed it was time for her day on the national stage.
For more information, visit katiefogg.com.
John Steward, Special to The Times
Published May 14. 2019
Art of Healing Project
Sound Community Services Inc.
Sound Community Services was fortunate to be one of seven agencies to participate in the Art of Healing Regional Initiative Project, organized by the Southeastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition. This project brought the skills and vision of a local artist to each agency to work with clients through a therapeutic process of healing, self-expression and self-discovery. The other agencies who took part include Artreach, Child and Family Agency, Horses Healing Humans, Our Piece of the Pie in Eastern CT Youth Center, Reliance Health, Inc., and The Light House. Our clients had the opportunity to learn from artist Katie Fogg as they participated in the Art of Healing project, discovering how art is therapeutic. There were five two-hour sessions where clients were instructed in how to bring their emotions out on paper, a journey which led them to the decision about the subject they wanted to paint on canvas. They also enjoyed a trip to Katie’s studio to view her work and deepen their experience. Our clients’ artwork will be on displayed in a travelling exhibit through September.
art will blossom & hearts will open
I never really had a thing for flowers. I just didn’t like how quickly they came and went. These beautiful creatures only had such a short time to live, and I wanted them in my hands forever. It’s almost like when you get a puppy and you just wish it stays cute and small forever, but then you realize that with growth, a special bond begins to take place. Flowers have taken that place. As I begin to observe them, understand them, watch them come and go, I connected to their swift passage of life.
My understanding of self has just begun.
As the sun beams onto this earth, there is a continuation of life. It’s as if the flowers grow for a far reach to the light. As one continues to reach, there are parts that die away, for a new chapter, a new growth, a new door, a new you. A new bud, bud!
Flowers are helping me understand that there is no end, just rebirth, renew, fresh energy, fresh everything. With each flower having its own meaning and sacred design, they historically have provided us with healing medicinally and spiritually.
Many flowers have been observed this summer but the Dahlia stood out. Dahl, Swedish for “valley,” are known as “valley of flowers,” mainly found in Mexico and South America. Dahlias are “the queen of the autumn garden,” as they bloom longer than other gardens. Flowers vary in symbolism as they vary in diversity. The Dahlia stands out as a symbol of change, finding inner strength, honesty and to always be kind. This flower of lasting bond, with self and other, is very present and blooming with dignity.
Each flower has a history, an essence, a power, a vibration, a connection and a place, just like you. Allow the ebb and flow, the good the bad, the dark the light, the up the down, the old the new, and continue to breath and reach for the light. It lives on, forever, even when not in blossom…. Bloom away.
FASHION IN THE BALLROOM
Designer Katie Fogg
I heART Flowers - KF Apparel
Artist Katie Fogg presenting new line
Body Painting Competitions 2017 - 2020
2017 - Goddess of Music
2018 - Neon Glitter Zombie
2019 - Thoth
2021 - The Chakras - Winner!