Kate Huxel graduated summa cum laude in the summer of 2015 with an associate of arts degree from Southwest Colorado Community College and transferred to Fort Lewis College to apply that degree toward a bachelors in studio arts by August 2018. Her previous studies included dance, choreography, art and music history, and for non-credit - photo silk screen, lithography, and computer work like Excel I and Word for Macintosh. A sculpture of a modern dancer performing Martha Graham exercises shaped out of unfired clay won a contest at the Tiches-Goettinger's department store and was awarded street window display for one month in 1971 in Dallas. Additional work with DSLR cameras turned into an English practicum class internship for credit through The Independent, a student print and online news publication of Fort Lewis College. Art classes in painting, drawing, sculpture, digital media, and three-dimensional design opened a variety of new techniques for her besides childhood oil painting which became acrylic painting in college after she raised a child and was treated for breast cancer. Sewing costumes for Harlequin Players Summer Stock Theatre and designing costumes for one-act plays lead to further creations sewn by hand in New York City, after attending dance classes years earlier. Hopefully her interest in photography and film will help propel her curiosity for hand drawn and motion capture animation, helping her create original dancing characters, or at least add to her repertoire of drawing and painting which portrays and inspires movement.