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KATIE STEWARD grew up in the small town of Putnam Valley, New York. She began drawing at a young age, inspired by the artistic talent of both her parents. In 2005 she was awarded the Presidential Merit-based scholarship to Pratt Institute, where she received her BFA in Communication Design in 2009. She graduated with honors, and was given an award for outstanding academic achievement. In the fall of 2007, while at Pratt, Katie was chosen to study abroad at Glasgow School of Art. This experience has had a profound effect on her work, and has emphasized the importance of imaginary settings and unknown lands in her painting. More of her work can be seen at