Katelyn Halpern is a multidisciplinary artist from Austin, Texas.
Her eclectic body of work ranges from interdisciplinary performance to life-sized installations to cut-and-tape zines to concert dance. Her work is frequently constructed around the idea clusters of interiority/intimacy/reflection, strangeness/humor/freedom, and the lived experience of moving through the world in a feminine body.
After graduating summa cum laude from the University of Houston with a B.A. in English Literature and a minor in Dance, she moved to the east coast where she has created work including the evening length danceworks JUICE (June ‘17) and Loose Heart (December ‘17), the immersive visual art installation Heartstrung (created with Talita Cabral, October ‘18), and the public art installation Labyrinth for Reflection and the Generation of Love [No. 9] (June ‘19). Her creative work is supported by the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s Jersey (New!) Moves Fellowship, the Exchange Place Alliance, and The Iron Factory; past support has come from chashama, the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts, DANCENOW Silo, Avaloch Farm, and the 2017 Choreographers in Residence Program (CHIRP) at Jersey City’s County Prep High School. Her work has been performed throughout New York and New Jersey, including concerts at BAM Fisher, NJPAC, the Knockdown Center, and White Eagle Hall, and across the country at Omaha’s Under the Radar Festival, Houston's Talento Bilingue, and San Francisco’s Switchboard Presents.
She holds a New Jersey teaching certificate for high school English, is a 2012 Teach for America New Jersey corps member, and is the owner and artistic director of SMUSH Gallery, an art space dedicated to creative and community work in Jersey City.
Contact: katelynhalpern [at] gmail [dot] com