Katherine Balsley

Ms. Katherine Balsley

Assistant Professor of Film

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Katherine (Kate) Balsley was born into a family of artists and had an interest in cinema from a young age. She earned a Bachelor's of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, and after spending time in New York City and Barcelona, she earned a Master's of Fine Arts from Southern Illinois University–Carbondale. Previously, she taught media production and studies at Facets Multimedia, Chicago Filmmakers, the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and Lake Forest College.

Her creative work has been screened in museums, film festivals and exhibitions throughout the world and includes animation, experimental and most recently documentary and narrative. She often blends different forms together, such as animation with live-action.

Balsley also enjoys scuba diving and has explored the shipwrecks of the Great Lakes and the coral reefs of the Riviera Maya.


  • Master's of Fine Arts – mass communication and media arts – Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
  • Bachelor's – film – University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Academic Interests

  • Narrative, avant-garde, experimental, animation, underground, Hollywood, independent and international cinema
  • Film genre, history and theory
  • Film production and technology


  • Best Experimental Film (Athens Film and Video Festival)
  • Best Experimental Film (Rural Route Film Festival)
  • Best Experimental Film (Wildwood Film Festival)
  • Jury's Choice Award (Black Maria Film and Video Festival)
  • Jury's Choice Award (Cause and Effect: Georgia's Progressive Film Festival)
  • Jury's Choice Award (Milwaukee Underground Film Festival)
  • Jury's Choice Award (Kid's First Film Festival)
  • Director's Prize (Black Maria Film and Video Festival)
  • Golden Badger Award (Wisconsin Film Festival)
  • Artistic Achievement Award (Milwaukee Short Film Festival)
  • Best Comedy Film (Wildwood Film Festival)
  • Naturescapes (Honorable Mention)
  • Big Muddy Film Festival (Honorable Mention)
  • Houston Art Alliance (Purchase Award)
  • Flicker Grant Award (Flicker Film Festival)

Professional Affiliations

  • University Film and Video Association
  • Alliance of Women Directors