Kathy Yates (American, b. 1948)
Kathy Yates was born in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Her interest in photography began after becoming inspired by an exhibition of black and white street photographs by Joel Meyerowitz in New York in 1980. She started studying photography shortly thereafter at the School of Visual Arts and continued her studies at the New School and International Center of Photography. Her first exhibition was a group show at the Center for Contemporary Art in Paris in 1984, followed by a solo show in 1985 at the Puchong Gallery in New York. Her work has since been shown in more than seventy group shows, including at the Soho Triad Gallery in New York, and is in more than seventy-five public and private collections. She joined the Salmagundi Art Club (founded in 1871) in New York in 1997 and established photography there as a venue in what had long been a painters and sculptors club. She became the first Chairperson of Photography from 1998‑2003 and recruited other photographers as members to exhibit in the newly created photo exhibitions and also in group shows alongside the painters and sculptors. She received numerous awards for her photography in these exhibitions.