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As a child, Kate Pepin wanted to be an artist or a builder. Her parents wanted her to find a career and earn her own way in the world. "Artist" wasn't a job description they believed would meet their objective for her future. Her father was "old school" and a woman in construction was also vetoed. Architecture and Urban Planning was a happy medium but didn't often fill her creative needs. She 'played' in art as a way to restore her spirit throughout her career in the field of architecture, urban planning and construction management for commercial and educational campuses. Kate holda an AAS, BS and MUP degrees in Architecture, Policy and Urban Planning respectively with a heavy bent toward the environmental sciences.
At the age of 36 she read a quote from Bernard Baruch:
"We grow neither better or worse as we get old, but more like ourselves."
and off she went to find herself - slowly at first.
While she continued her work in architecture and teaching environmental topics at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, she was progressively dabbling in different art mediums. Nine years ago, after a trip to Italy and a short stop in Ravena, she discovered mosaic and never turned back. Kate currently works primarily in sculptural mosaic and community art combining environmental education with mosaics. Her work generally focuses on social and environmental issues responding to relevant questions of the day.