Kate Laster is an artist, educator & critical historian.
Born in Anchorage (Dena'ina land) and raised all over Alaska from the arctic to the archipelago; a sense of place is key to her art practice as a diasporic Jew.
She received a BA at Evergreen State College in 2015 and in 2019 she received a MA+MFA in History & Theory of Contemporary Art and Studio Art with an emphasis in Printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her thesis, GENTRIFICATION OF THE DEAD: How The Displacement Of Cemeteries Paved The Way For Rethinking Monuments In San Francisco, was a site specific praxis of art-making and research.
She focuses on accessibility and dismantling structural inequity in the arts through donation-based art history classes that she creates original curriculums for.
Laster has worked with Woosh Kinaadeiyí, The Coalition on Homelessness, SF Poster Syndicate, Palace of Trash, and with her collaborator, Steph Kudisch as Hevra Kadisha, anti-zionist collective. She was a studio assistant at Hospitality House’s Community Arts Program and currently works at NIAD as a studio facilitator.
Laster has been an artist-in-residence at Vermont Studio Center, In Cahoots, Open Windows Cooperative, Cisco Home of the Brave, Kala Art Institute and Pillow Fort Art Center. Her work has recently been featured in Hyperallergic.