Katherine Newbegin was born in Portland, Oregon in 1976 and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She received her MFA in Photography from Hunter College in 2005 and her undergraduate degree in 1999 from Yale University where she studied English and Photography. During her studies she worked with Reiner Leist, Lois Conner, and Tod Papageorge. In Spring 2001, Katherine moved to New York City, where she has been living and working ever since. In 2008 she received a DAAD fellowship to live in Berlin, where she had been visiting and working off and on for years.

While living in Berlin, Revolver published a two-person catalogue of her work, which was edited by Sasa Hanten and includes essays by both Barbara Steffen and Sasa Hanten. Katherine has been showing her work at various galleries and institutions including: Dina4Projekte, Haas & Fischer, Galerie Open, Pinakothek der Moderne, Kunstverein Munich, and the Loeb Art Center at Vassar College. In December 2009, Katherine received an award from the Tiffany Foundation, which allowed her to travel to India where she photographed old Cinemas.

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Universität der Künste, Berlin, Germany


MFA Hunter College, City University of New York, New York, New York


BA Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut



Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation Space Program 2011 - 2012


Recipient of The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award


DAAD Fellowship, Berlin, Germany 2008 – 2009


Graf Travel Grant, Hunter College, City University of New York


Sudler Funding for the Creative Arts, Yale University


Sudler Funding for the Creative Arts, Yale University

Solo Exhibitions


“VACANT” Lesley Heller Workspace, New York


“Fading” Curated by Dina Renninger, Dina4 Projekte invited by Galerie Jordanow, Munich


“Behind the Scenes” Galerie Open, Berlin (Catalogue)

ART Karlsruhe, Solo Booth Exhibition, Karlsruhe, Germany with Galerie Open, Berlin


“Behind the Scenes” with Matthias Baus, Dina4 Projekte, Munich (Catalogue)

“Hotel Turist” Haas & Fischer, Zurich

“ Digression Walking through Space” Galerie Open, Berlin


“Waiting Room / Warteraum Tapetenwechsel” Galerie Open, Berlin

Group Exhibitions (Selection)


“Shoot,” Lesley Heller Workspace, New York


“Formalism,” Curated by Elizabeth Grady, Deutsches Haus, New York

“12 Responses to Berlin,” Curated by Axel Sommers and Lambert Hansgert, Kommunale Galerie Berlin

“Res Publica Res Privata,” Verein Zur Forderung von Kunst and Kultur, Berlin


“Schwarz war immer di Farbe der anderen” Dina4 Projekte, Berlin and Munich

“Vassar 150 Years Later: New Photography by Tina Barney, Tim Davis, and Katherine Newbegin”

Curated by Mary-Kay Lombino, Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York (Catalogue)

"Crossing the Atlantic: 40 years of DAAD New York," curated by Ivan Gaete, Chelsea Art Museum, New York


Ernst & Young Corporate Collection curated by Dina4 Projekte and Andreas Grimm, Munich

“Power to the People” Feature Inc., New York


“PIN Auction” Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich

“Young Artists Exhibition” Kunstverein, Munich

“Livingroom” Haas & Fischer, Zurich

VOLTA Basel, Switzerland with Haas & Fischer, Zurich

VOLTA New York, New York with Haas & Fischer, Zurich


“Utopian Mirage” with Justine Kurland, Joel Sternfeld and Gergory Crewdson,

Curated by Mary-Kay Lombino, Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York

“Art for AID” JCI Sotheby’s UNICEF Juried Exhibition, Amsterdam



Residency Program Runner-Up, Camera Club of New York, New York


Finalist for the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Residency, New York

Residency Program Runner-Up, Camera Club of New York, New York


Yaddo Artist Residency, Saratoga Springs, New York


Artist Residency, The Catskills Mountain Foundation, Hunter, New York

Catalogue Essays


Mary-Kay Lombino, “LIFE at Vassar,” Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, 2011


Sasa Hanten, “Behind the Scenes,” Revolver-Publishing, 2008

Barbara Steffen, “Portraits as the Interior of the Psyche,” Revolver-Publishing, 2008

Press Reviews


“Pretty Vacant: Photographic Fiction and Fact” by R.C. Baker, The Village Voice, April 16, 2014

“Katherine Newbegin at Lesley Heller,” Gorky’s Granddaughter, March 2014

“Interview with the Artist” by Maria Calandra, Pencil in the Studio, July 2, 2012

“Interview with the Artist” by Stephanie Young, Vellum, Fall 2012

Critic’s Pick, Time Out New York, September 14, 2011

“Loeb Opens with Photography Exhibition of Contemporary Vassar” by Rachel Borne,

The Miscellany News, January 27, 2011

“Eng an der Stadt,” Neues Deustchland, November 16, 2012

“Berlin Sous L’Oeil du Photographie,” ParisBerlin, November 13, 2012

“Tuefelsberg I and II” Lettre International, October 10, 2009

“Tage Kunst” by Matthias Reichelt, Zitty Berlin, May 20, 2009

“Zuricher Kultur” Zuricher Zeitung, October 10, 2008

“Kurzkritik” by Karl Heinrich, Die Welt, July 4, 2008

“Utopian Mirage”, Artist Interview, Poughkeepsie Journal, May 25, 2007

“Menschenleer: Fotografie von Katherine Newbegin in der Galerie Open” by

Christiane Meixner, Berliner Morgenpost, October 11, 2006

FORUM, Camera Austria, Issue 96. December 2006

“Die Kulturzeit-Tipps in Kurze” 3sat, September 21, 2006

Teaching Experience


The School of Visual Arts, New York, New York

Adjunct -Instructor, Currently teaching 4 video classes for both Fall and Spring

Sophomore Video, BFA Photography Department

Digital Photography: Advanced Projects in Video, BFA Photography Department

Symposium in Video, BFA Photography Department


Parsons School of Design, New York, New York

Part-time Lecturer, Fall Semester

Core Studio 3: Photo Context, BFA Photography Department

Visiting Artist Lectures


Lecture and critique of student work, New York University, New York, New York


Lecture and panel discussion, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut


Lecture and critique of student work, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island


Lecture and critique of student work, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York