Katelyn Patton is a Chicago-based visual artist. Led by her interest in biology and ecology who uses art to engage with the nature of a place. She attended Indiana University-Bloomington and received a BFA in painting, a BA in art history and a minor in biology. She’s lived the majority of her life in the Midwest and can often be found walking through a park taking pictures of native species of plants. She’s had solo exhibitions at Extra Projects, The Lillstreet Arts Center, Harold Washington Library, and an upcoming show at the NEIU Fine Arts Gallery. Her work has been included in group shows at The Martin, Woman Made Gallery, Trestle Gallery and Ground Level Platform. She has twice been an artist in residence at the Visitor Center Artist Camp in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and she is a 2020 recipient of the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events Individual Artist Grant. She also has an ongoing collaborative relationship with evolutionary biologist Dr. Beth Reinke. Developed through this partnership is an appreciation of how color and pattern in organisms are manifestations of evolutionary forces and can be admired within that context. They have a project exploring “Artificial Species Replacement,” a term created to explain ecological remedies for climate change actively in development by the scientific community, and also speculates what those might be in a few decades’ time.