Our History

Harvester Arts launched in 2014 with the mission to build the creative capacity of the community through arts experimentation, public art projects, artist residencies, and professional development for artists. We believe creative action builds healthy communities. Our core values are centered around experimentation, capacity building, fostering critical thinking through arts experiences, and community engagement.

Critical thinking is a skill that needs to be practiced and developed. The arts are a perfect place to engage with critical thinking. Individuals who have agency and motivation in creative problem solving and the ability to be thoughtful have impact in other facets of our community.

Between the co-founders, we have varied and vast experience in the arts, communications, community organizing, and idea sharing. We started this to focus our energy into making the Wichita community the sort of thriving arts destination in which we all want to immerse ourselves.


Kate Van Steenhuyse

Founder, CEO, Standard Bearer, Dreamer, Juggler

KATE VAN STEENHUYSE received her MFA (Fine Arts) in 2008 from the California College of the Arts, San Francisco, and a BFA (Painting & Women’s Studies) in 2001 from Washington University in St. Louis. Kate has exhibited nationally and internationally including exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, London, San Francisco, Wichita, Dallas and more. She was featured in New American Painting West Edition in 2011, was a Fellow of The Career Development Program at The Center for Emerging Visual Artists in Philadelphia, PA, past Ulrich Museum of Art Alliance Board President, and Program Manager at Arts Partners Wichita. Kate is currently Executive Director of Harvester Arts, a Placemaking + Regional Consultant for the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, a board member of the Mid America Arts Alliance, and graduate faculty at Wichita State University.

Kristin Beal

Co-Founder, COO, Instigator, Motivator, Organizer


KRISTIN BEAL is an artist, curator and educator. She studied at the Kansas City Art Institute before receiving a BFA (Drawing and Painting) from Wichita State University and an MFA (Painting and Printmaking) from Virginia Commonwealth University. She was awarded the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship Award in 2004, a Kansas Innovation Grant in 2010 and a Wichita Arts Council Grant for her participation in Wichita’s River City Biennale. Kristin is a founding member of Hack.Art.Lab, a collaborative team of artists, educators and technologists. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and regularly participates in collaborative art projects.

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