Katie Avila Loughmiller
Founder - Luna
About Katie Avila Loughmiller
Katie Avila Loughmiller is an interdisciplinary social practice artist, writer, educator, curator and activist based in Milwaukee, WI. Since 2016, she has been working in Milwaukee working at the intersection of community, arts and institutions. From 2018-2019, Avila Loughmiller served as the Arts Project Coordinator for the Milwaukee Public Library overseeing the two year National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant at the Mitchell Street Branch. She currently holds roles as the Creative Director of LUNA, LLC, Audience Development & Engagement Associate at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, an adjunct professor Theatre Department at UWM as well as MIAD; and is the Coordinating Producer & Assistant Editor of Out of the Picture, the first documentary film about art critics in the United States.
In 2017, Avila Loughmiller co-founded LUNA which at the time was a Latinx visual artist collective. In 2019 this collective turned into a for-profit business with the mission to support all artists of color by creating new job opportunities and paying equitable wages. Avila Loughmiller now serves as the Creative Director of this new business venture.
Her individual artistic practice has allowed her to perform across the country and also participate in artist residencies, most notably at Santa Fe Art Institute, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Vermont Studio Center and Wildacres Residency Program. Since 2017, Avila Loughmiller has been co-hosting a comedy radio show, We Heard We’re Funny, that airs monthly on Milwaukee’s own Riverwest Radio. Katie was the recipient of Milwaukee Magazine’s Unity Award in 2022 and the City of Milwaukee’s Vel R. Phillips Trailblazer Award in 2021. Katie received her B.A. at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University and completed her M.F.A in the Public Practice program at Otis College of Art & Design.