• KATIA PORTER

    Katia joined the Investments Office in May 2011 shortly after moving to the USA from the UK where she worked in various roles at the University of Manchester including three years at the Whitworth Art Gallery.  Katia has a BA (Hons) in History of Art, Design and Film and a Post Graduate Diploma in Film Production from Sheffield Hallam University and a Post Graduate Certificate in Management from the University of Salford. In 2019, she graduated from Wesleyan's Master of Arts, Liberal Studies program. She is also an artist, photographer and writer. She is currently enrolled in Wesleyan’s Certificate in Writing and working on her first novel.

What do you love about Wesleyan?

Wesleyan is a vibrant multicultural environment where there is always something new happening.  I love that so many internationally renowned writers, artists, and musicians come to campus.  In the last few years, I’ve attended talks by Neil Gaiman, Isabella Rossellini, Alexander Chee, and Amy Goodman and many music events including Amanda Palmer and Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir.

What inspires you/ what do you care about?

I am inspired by social activism.  I’m lucky enough to live in a small town with a dedicated community of politically active citizens.  They host regular meetings and encourage people of all ages to get involved both locally and nationally. 

What do you do for fun?

I always have an art project on the go, usually involving painting or photography. A few years ago, I founded the first Connecticut chapter of Urban Sketchers and enjoy drawing on location with this group.  More recently, I helped to set up a small writing group in Middletown for local writers working on their first novel.  I love to discover new places in New England and I keep track of the best ones on my blog: booksandbaubles.net