Katie Avila Loughmiller is an interdisciplinary social practice artist, writer, educator, curator and activist based in Milwaukee, WI. Avila Loughmiller received her BA from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University and completed her MFA in the Public Practice program at Otis College of Art & Design. In 2017, Avila Loughmiller co-founded LUNA (Latinas Unidas en las Artes) an artist collective turned business that supports and equitably pays Latinx artists. Avila Loughmiller is currently the Storyteller & Content Creator at Colorful Connections, a diversity, equity and inclusion firm; a Lecturer in the Theatre Department at UWM; the Coordinating Producer on the documentary film Out of the Picture; and a co-host of the biweekly comedy radio show/podcast, “We Heard We’re Funny” on Riverwest Radio.
Her individual artistic practice has allowed her to perform and participate in artist residencies across the country, most notably at Santa Fe Art Institute, Atlantic Center for the Arts and Vermont Studio Center. Avila Loughmiller won one of Milwaukee Magazine’s Unity Awards and the City of Milwaukee’s Vel R. Phillips Trailblazer Award. She was named a SHEro by Milwaukee Rep and won the top prize for editorial writing at the Milwaukee Press Club.