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About  the Artist

     My name is Kate Orr. I am a 24 year old artist based in Indianapolis, Indiana. Primarily working in charcoal and oils, I am most inspired to capture people's portraits and figures. Seeing God's image reflected in people gives me an endless source of inspiration and delight.

     My art can be described as representational impressionism. The combination of abstract and delicately rendered techniques in artwork is a dynamic I am constantly learning and practicing. 

     Since I was 14, I have been pursuing my career in art. I started by entering local art shows and competitions, including the National Scholastic Art and Writing Competition. Since then I have pursued my art education independently, studying books, videos, and articles, as well as attending workshops with artists such as Robert Liberace, Sherrie McGraw, Michelle Dunaway, Alicia Ponzio, and Tina Garrett. 

    It has always been my ultimate purpose to glorify God with my life. This is my art's purpose as well. Each piece that I paint or draw, I seek to share a story. I want people to see my art and to feel joy, hope, and wonder.

Shows, Exhibitions, Competitions, & Events


- 2024 - 

• Porch Party Group Exhibition at the Harrison Center

  • ​Next Generation Faculty for Portrait Society of America 2024 Conference

  • Focus on the Figures Exhibition, North River Arts Society  

  • Fortune Academy Annual Fundraiser

              • Clowes Collaborative Invitation Exhibition at the Hilbert Circle Theater 

              • Generations Exhibition at the Haan Museum

- 2023 - 

 123rd International Philadelphia Watercolor Society 'Works on Paper' Exhibition

  • Rose Mural for Harry &Izzy's

  • Vining Gallery Annual Invitational Exhibit

  • “Me, Myself, and I” Exhibition at the Hamilton County Artists Association

  • 99th Annual Hoosier Salon Exhibition ‘3rd Place Portrait’

  •  ‘One Story’s Not Enough’ Exhibition at Cole Gallery

  •  Demonstration at the Richmond Art Museum ‘Best of the Best’ Exhibition

  • Solo Show ‘Edge of Infinite’ at the Harrison Center Main Gallery

  • Haan Museum Generations’ Exhibition

  • Indiana Artists’ Club Juried Exhibition

             • Palette to Palate Exhibition with the Richmond Art Museum

             • Oil Painters of America National Exhibition

- 2022 - 


• Finalist in the Art Renewal Center

• Featured Artist for the Frankfort Library Art Show

• "Excerpts From Europe" Solo Show at Vining Gallery

• 'Excerpts From Europe' Article for the Cecilia Beaux Forum

• Delphi Opera House Gallery Annual Invitational

• 'Best in Show' for the Richmond Art Museum

• Guest on Justin Vining Podcast Episode 3

• Vining Gallery Invitational 2022

• BoldBrush Fave15% for August 2022

• Artwork displayed in the Neidhammer Coffee Co.

​• 2nd Place in the 98th Annual Hoosier Salon Exhibition

​• Women Artists of the West 'The Heat is On!' Virtual Exhibition

​• Hoosier Salon 98th Annual Exhibition

​• Indiana Heritage Arts 44th Annual Exhibition & Sale

• Hoosier Women in Art Exhibition: Identity

• American Artists Professional League Spring Members Online Show

• 2nd Place in "The Future Generation Competition"

•Indiana Artists Club 90th Annual Exhibition

•1st Annual Midwest Juried Art Exhibit - Honorable Mention

•"More Than Face Value" Indiana Portrait Society Member Show



Sep. 25th Live Portraits at the Delphi Opera House Gallery for the DPS Home Tour

"The Messiah" Art Show and Studio Tour 

Aug. 28th Live Portraits at the  Delphi Opera House Gallery  for Baconfest

121st Philadelphia Watercolor Society's "Works on Paper" International Exhibition

NOAPS Online Associate Member Annual Exhibition

97th Annual Hoosier Salon Exhibition

"SEMBLANCE" Show with Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati

"Black and White" Colors of Humanity Online Show



Nov. 14th Live Portraits at the Delphi Opera House Gallery

Delphi Opera House Gallery Annual Show

Palette Project 2020 Scholarship 

"When the Storm Passes/Champion" accepted in the Allied Artists of America Annual Exhibition

"Crescendo" and "Autumn Reverie" accepted in the Hoosier Salon 96th Annual Exhibition

21 Under 31 Young Artists to Watch in 2020



“Crescendo” accepted in the Allied Artists of America Annual Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club in NYC


“Juliet” accepted in the Hoosier Salon’s 95th Annual Exhibition at the Indiana State Museum.


“Close Encounters” Show with Charlene Brown and Susie Byerley at the New Harmony Hoosier Salon Gallery


Received the Gordon Whetmore scholarship for the Portrait Society of America Conference in Atlanta, GA.

Delphi Opera House Annual Exhibition


"A Quiet Elegance" accepted in the Hoosier Salon's 94th Annual Exhibition at the Indiana State Museum.


“Portrait of Jose” won 1 Gold Medal for the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, displayed at the Sheila C Johnson Design Center


2 Regional Gold Keys for the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition for Central and Southern Indiana



1 Regional Gold Key for the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition for Central and Southern Indiana, 

the Gold Key drawing was also selected for the Regional Tour, and was displayed at the Indianapolis Arts Center, the Indy Arts Garden, and the Indianapolis Airport.



One Regional Gold Key and Best in Grade for the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition for Central and Southern Indiana


Frankfort Public Art Exhibition


Fishers Arts Crawl


Plainfield Library Art Show




Frankfort Public Art Exhibition


Delphi Library Art Show



3rd place in the Right to Life Art Contest

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