About Kate Helms

Kate Helms, a fifth generation Floridian, artist, and scientist, is currently working as an environmental professional on the west coast of Florida where she oversees stormwater pollution prevention efforts for a local municipality. She has previously worked on projects dealing with Everglades restoration, the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, oyster restoration, wetlands mitigation, and compliance and enforcement with environmental regulations as a member of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.  She possesses a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science, a Bachelor of Arts in Art, and Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from the University of Florida. Helms' artistic practice is deeply rooted in her experience with the often-bizarre aspects of Florida history, culture, and ecology, as well as her concurrent - and often illuminating - career in the environmental sciences.  She has exhibited at the Appleton, Boca Raton, and Alexandria Museums of Art, as well as at galleries both domestic and abroad.  Her most recent solo show, Rise, was featured at Beacon College in Leesburg, Florida.