Kate was raised in Elm Grove, Wisconsin. She is currently attending the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Post-Baccalaureate program.
Kate graduated from Hope College in 2014, with a degree in Studio Art and Women's Studies. She received the Student Leadership, Service and Advocacy Award, as well as the Distinguished Artist Award, the Jon F. Kay Award, and the Stanley Harrington Art Award from Hope College. She also attended the New York Center for Art and Media Studies in 2012. She has exhibited her work in every Juried Student Show at the DePree Gallery during her time there and at the NYCAMS gallery in New York.