AMES, Iowa — Visual artist Katy Stone, owner of Katy Stone Studio in Seattle, is a recipient of the 2023 Design Achievement Award presented by the Iowa State University College of Design.

This award recognizes outstanding creative and professional achievements of alumni in all of the college’s disciplines, which include architecture, art and design, community and regional planning, graphic design, industrial design, integrated studio arts, integrated visual arts, interdisciplinary design, interior design, landscape architecture, sustainable environments and urban design.

Stone, who grew up in Fort Madison, Iowa, received her bachelor of fine arts in drawing, painting and printmaking from Iowa State in 1992. She will be honored during Homecoming at the ISU Alumni Association’s 92nd Honors and Awards Ceremony at 1:30 p.m. CT Friday, Nov. 3, at Stephens Auditorium in Ames and streamed live online. A dessert reception will follow. Both the ceremony and reception are free and open to the public.

Stone’s work blurs the lines between drawing, painting and sculpture. She draws inspiration from nature for her large-scale assemblages, which call to mind cloud formations, seascapes and starry skies.

Stone’s artwork has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions. It is part of major institutional and corporate collections, including Microsoft, Facebook/Meta, ConocoPhillips, Cleveland Clinic, Columbia University, Iowa State University, University of Michigan Ross School of Business, Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis and Marin General Hospital in Marin, California, among others.

Her work has been featured nationally and internationally including “Flow, Just Flow” at the Harnett Museum of Art in Richmond, Virginia; “Art + Space” at Project 4 Gallery in Washington, DC; “Other Worlds” at the Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville, Florida; “Earthly Delights” at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston; and at the Chengdou International Biennale in Chengdou, South Korea.

In 2022, Stone was awarded her second public art commission from the U.S. General Services Administration’s Art in Architecture Program. She is collaborating with German stained-glass design and manufacturing company Franz Mayer of Munich on a painted glass mural for the Anniston Federal Courthouse in Anniston, Alabama. She has completed residencies at Oxbow in Seattle; Bullseye Glass in Portland, Oregon; the Kansas City Art Institute Center for Contemporary Practice in Kansas City, Missouri; and Sun Valley Center for the Arts’ Ezra Pound House in Hailey, Idaho.

She was a visiting artist at Iowa State in 2012 and at the Oxbow School in Napa, California, in 2008.

Stone is a co-founder of the SOIL artist collective — an integral part of the Seattle art scene —and renovated a turn-of-the-20th-century grain elevator in Missoula, Montana, to house Ceretana Studios, which provides exhibition opportunities, maker spaces, and yoga classes at low cost to the community.

Stone has received two Seattle Collects Public Utilities Purchase Awards, a Seattle Artist Trust GAP Grant and a Missoula Trust for Artist Grant.

She holds a master of fine arts in painting from the University of Washington.


Katy Stone, Visual Artist,
Saylor Upah, College of Design Events and Alumni Relations,
Lauren Johnson, College of Design Strategic Communications,