Kate Petrie is a designer and photographer and an arts and design advocate. She grew up in England, Nigeria and Texas and returned to the US to study at the Rhode Island school of Design where she earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts in 1986 and a Bachelors of Architecture in 1987. She worked as an architect in Boston and London and moved back to Providence in 1992 with her husband, Aidan, also a fellow RISD alum (ID ’85) and co- founder of Ximedica, designing medical devices.
In 2000, Kate and Aidan and their three young children moved to Jamestown RI. Kate co–founded the Jamestown Education Foundation and later lead the charge to co–found and chair the Jamestown Arts Center, an epicenter for growth, providing classes and events celebrating all forms of artistic expression which opened its doors in July 2011. For her efforts she was the recipient of the 2013 “IF” Award, from the Art League of RI, in honor of Iona Dobbins, arts advocate and former Executive Director of RISCA. Kate is also on the board of DesignxRi, an initiative that shines the spotlight on, and galvanizes, the design community.