It's harder to equate seeing with knowing when we remember that even our sight is upside down.


Katie Wilde is a Calgary/Lethbridge-based visual artist with an affinity for nature, oddness and interactivity. ​Her work has been installed in a variety of contexts, including galleries, a biochemistry laboratory, a crosswalk, the surface of a public square, and a shed wall facing the neighbourhood. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Ottawa, and has exhibited in galleries and public spaces in Ottawa and Guelph/Wellington, and Waterloo including Gallery 101, Studio 66, Kloepfer Gallery, and the Elora Centre for the Arts.

Artist Statement


Working primarily in oil, Wilde's paintings are populated with plants, birds, and difficult-to-identify creatures in imagined natural settings, frozen under glass, or proliferating among forgotten architecture. In two of her latest bodies of work (Ward and Wing, and Glass Barriers) she ponders curiosity and obsession, collection and kidnapping, protection and privacy, knowledge and misunderstanding, and what it means to try to grasp nature outside of a natural setting.

Her sculptures work with natural phenomena such as magnetism, convection, and animal behaviour, featuring natural objects and occasionally live animals.


In a street art setting, she injects an extra dose of humour and play, in the belief that that art has the power to transform communities and alter people's experience of their environment in a positive way. Art in unexpected places is one of her greatest joys.

Curriculum vitae

2013 Bachelor of Fine Arts- University of Ottawa - Canada


​2014 Shirley Dilworth Jaychuk Painting Competition - Third Place

2013 University of Ottawa Sculpture Award - for (Non)Interference Patterns



Public Installations/Interventions

2016 - Look Out! Hedgehogs and Balloons - Traffic calming crosswalk art, commissioned by City of Waterloo, Waterloo ON

2016 - Temporary installation of interactive painted works in Waterloo Public Square, Waterloo ON

  May - Bee vs. Hummingbird pollinator scavenger hunt

  June - Choose Your Own Adventure with Jefferson the Salamander (featuring local endangered species)

  July - Hopscotch Races, featuring a giraffe on rollerblades

  August - Snakes and Ladders, featuring Ontario snakes


2015-2016 - 10 Carden Chalkboards, Guelph, ON


2013 - Sandy Hill Mural, Goulburn Ave, Ottawa, ON

2011 Winterlude - Ottawa ON


Solo Exhibitions

April 2019 - I Made This - 10C Main Floor Gallery, Guelph ON

Sep/Oct 2014 - Seed and Spore (featuring an experiment in Tipping4Artists) - 10 Carden, Guelph, ON

Group Exhibitions

2020 Annual Auction - Art Gallery of Grande Prairie, Grande Prairie AB

2020 Overzealous - Art Space Connect Gallery, Toronto ON

2019 Fleurish - eBar, Guelph ON

2018 Seldom Heard - Installation at 10C Anniversary Party, Guelph ON

2017 Overzealous - Studio 404, Guelph ON

2016 Hoopla - Necessary Arts Company, Guelph ON

2016 Overzealous - 10 Carden, Victoria Park Golf Course, Kloepfer Gallery, Guelph ON

2015 Hoopla - Necessary Arts Company, Guelph ON

2015 WAS Auction - Silence, Guelph ON

2014 Eden Mills Arts Festival - Eden Mills Ontario

2014 Shirley Dilworth Jaychuk Painting Competition - Elora Centre for the Arts, Elora ON

2013 Surfacing - studio sixtysix, Ottawa ON

2013 INTERPLAY: Music and Steven Whiffen ft. Katie Wilde - Gallery 101 Ottawa ON

​2013 MOMENTUM - 100 Laurier, Ottawa Ontario

2013 Auction Fundraiser for BFA Grad exhibition - SAW Gallery Ottawa ON

2013 Tract, Gallery 206, Ottaw ON

2012 Catalyst: The Art Science Experiment, University of Ottawa Biochemistry Lab Ottawa, ON
​2012 Grand Opening, Paradigm[e] Gallery, Ottawa ON




Look Out! Traffic Calming Installation, City of Waterloo, 2016
Pop-Up Art Project (Zine), 2015

Radio interview with Mitchell Caplan - "Click Here", CHUO FM, 2013

Article: Some UofO Grads Shine in Exhibition - by Peter Simpson of the Ottawa Citizen, 2013

Article: Outdoor Art in the Neighbourhood, Action Sandy Hill News, 2013

Interplay: Music and Steven Whiffen ft. Katie Wilde (Pilot run of Michael J. McGuire Mentorship Program), 2013

Video Interview with Science Culture,​ 2012

Related Professional and Volunteer Experience

2019 Instructor - Guelph School of Art, Guelph ON

2018 Guest Juror, Overzealous 2018

2018 Instructor - Button Factory Arts, Guelph ON

2018 Instructor - Wellington County Museum and Archives, Wellington County, ON

2018 Instructor - Guelph School of Art, Guelph ON

2018 Manager of Programs and Operations - Guelph Arts Council, Guelph ON

2017 Culture Program Coordinator - City of Waterloo, Guelph ON

2016 Manager of Programs and Operations - Guelph Arts Council, Guelph ON

2015-2018 Volunteer - Director at Large, Chair of Publicity & Co-chair Governance committee, Guelph Concert Band, Guelph ON

2015 Assistant Instructor, Beginner Painting (Private School), Guelph ON

2015 Office Manager, Membership Coordinator Guelph Arts Council, Guelph ON

2015 Volunteer Art Program Coordinator - 10 Carden / 10C, Guelph ON

2014 Office Manager, Guelph Arts Council, Guelph ON

2014 Volunteer Host and Grant Writer - 10 Carden (Creating Space for Change)

2014 Volunteer Grant Writing Committee - Out on the Shelf, Guelph ON

2013 Muralist – Sandy Hill, Ottawa, ON

2013 Mentor – Michael J McGuire Mentorship Program – Ottawa, ON
2013 Panelist and Guest Artist – Green Week Opening – Ottawa, ON

2011-2012 Art Tutor – Self-Employed – Ottawa, ON

2011 Performing Usher – Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens White Wedding to the Snow - SAW Gallery – Ottawa, ON
2006 Volunteer Art Instructor - Nipissing Alternative School - North Bay, ON



Memberships and Professional Associations

CARFAC Alberta

Guelph Arts Council