Kati Toivanen grew up in Finland and came to the United States for her formal art education. Since receiving her Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1992, Toivanen has been an active artist and university educator. One of Toivanen’s fifteen solo art exhibitions was favorably reviewed in and her works have been published and exhibited nationally and abroad. In addition, she has completed four funded site-specific temporary public art projects and received several grants to support her creative production. Recently on view in Washington Square Park, Kansas City, MO, was an installation of seventy digitally composed images. Last summer she also created a sculptural project for the 2015 Art in the Loop public art and performance program. Toivanen was selected as the featured artist for the 2014 luncheon and commissioned to create nine new artworks as the awards. In the spring of 2013 she was an Artist Fellow at the developing a new body of work funded by the University of Missouri Research Board grant. Toivanen’s first public art project was created for the 2002 Avenue of the Arts in Kansas City, MO and in 2001 she received a , a highly regarded artist grant in Kansas City.
In her work, Toivanen explores personal history and narrative through imagery, objects, and installations, often incorporating elements of play and games.
Professor Toivanen is currently appointed as the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs in the She previously served as the Chair of the .
b. 1964, Helsinki, Finland
Lives and works in Kansas City, MO