Kate Hooray Osmond (b. 1983) is an American painter and installation artist based in Charleston, SC. Kate Hooray earned her MFA in Studio Art from Maryland Institute College of Art and her BA from Saint Mary's College of Maryland. She was named the State Fellow for South Carolina by the SouthArts Commission and Lowcountry Artist of the Year. She exhibited her first solo museum show at the Franklin Burroughs/Simeon Chapin Art Museum in 2018. Her paintings were included in the 2019 Biennial by the Center for Contemporary Art of South Carolina.
In 2020, she founded the CRISIS Residency Project, an In-Place Artist Residency with more than 200 international artists during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Residency, currently in its second cycle, serves as a connection point between artists, curators, and gallerists to explore the shifting art landscape.
She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards and has exhibited internationally. Her work can be found amongst the collections of the Franklin Burroughs/Simeon Chapin Art Museum, the Medical University of South Carolina, the College of Charleston, HBO productions, Piccolo Spoleto Festival, and other public and private collections.
Currently, her in-process series, “SPECTRA,” addresses the union of truth (science) and beauty (spiritualism) through the visual structures of substances like dopamine, Fentanyl and Oxycontin. Her lens of investigation is defined by studies of energy by physicists James Clerk Maxwell and Frank Wilczek and her own zen practice. The color story of the series is informed by music theory.