Executive Director

Hyde Park Art Center


Kate Lorenz is Hyde Park Art Center’s Executive Director, a role she assumed in January 2010.  Kate is committed to supporting artists and ensuring equitable access to resources and opportunities for artists at all levels. She has led a period of transformation and growth that has made the Art Center a national leader in how an institution can cultivate an authentic community that is part of people’s daily lives, while investing in its city’s artists. A native of Nashville, TN, she has been fully converted into a Chicagoan.  She has a BA in Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences and Psychology from Northwestern University and received her MA in Humanities at the University of Chicago. She was a founding member and board member of Enrich Chicago, a collective of arts organizations in Chicago working towards racial equity in the field, and is an adjunct faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the Masters of Arts Administration and Policy program. She has served on the Auxiliary Board of High Jump Chicago, as Docent President at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and on the board of the Development Leadership Consortium. Past experience includes working as a Management Consultant for PwC Consulting in Chicago.