A Conway native and the youngest of the Balogh family (George and Connie), Kateri Joe Balogh is an artist that works in multiple disciplines from mixed media painting to motion graphics. Passionate about learning and always creatively curious, her artistic practice has developed from doodling in her schoolbooks to a full-time career. Kicked off in 2012 by being juried into the THEA Arts Festival (hosted by the Thea Foundation) in North Little Rock, her creative career brought her to paint commissions, assist in painting a mural, and obsessively experiment with media in her daily practice within that same year.
By January 2013, Kateri began teaching art lessons. Instructing students from age four to adulthood, she has created individualized curricula for each student that spans across various areas of studies — from drawing to painting to animation. Three years into teaching, her students have garnered many well-deserved accolades for their talents — both on a state and national level.
In July 2014, Kateri had the honor of showing her first full exhibition of artwork at the Historic Arkansas Museum in Little Rock, Arkansas. Titled “Thank Your Lucky Stars”, the show featured twelve mixed media pieces that studied the parallels between human creativity and the act of creation within our universe. Blending astrophysics and psychology with art history references, pieces from this show played with compositional structures like that of Monet’s Waterlilies, self-reflective subjects such as that of Frida Kahlo, and dense, textural brushstrokes like that of Van Gogh while all hosting the mutual theme of stars. This show ran through September 2014.
Later that year, Conway’s ArtsFest accepted Kateri’s show proposal for a temporary paper mural on the walls of downtown Conway, Arkansas as part of the “Arts Everywhere” project. Sponsored by Strathmore, whom graciously provided paper, Kateri created a piece called “Good Luck to You and Yours”. Featuring the subject of a toad, both a symbol of good luck and Conway’s famous festival, the paper mural hung on the exterior walls of welcoming host business, Penny Pincher Printing & Sign Company.
The following year, Kateri focused on painting commissioned pieces, practicing sculpting, teaching art, and growing her freelance graphic design business. By 2016, her design clients included BuRRiTaS (a Tex-Mex restaurant), Searcy Soccer Club, GarNat Engineering, and Acxiom Corporation. She also began a yet-to-be-finished coloring book parody titled “The Millennial’s Guidebook to Happiness”.
In September of that same year, Kateri proudly accepted a full-time position at the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) as their On-Air Graphic Artist. As the PBS affiliate for Arkansas, AETN acts as the largest classroom in Arkansas with educational programming reaching televisions across the state and into Louisiana and Missouri. Kateri creates motion graphics for shows such as Exploring Arkansas, Arkansans Ask, and the station’s weekly news production, Arkansas Week.
Kateri holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Saint Leo University, an Associate of Arts degree from the University of Central Arkansas, and is a graduate of Conway High School.