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Katz was born outside of Philadelphia into a mixed-ethnicity, counter-cultural family. His Japanese heritage influenced an early passion for woodworking and fine detail, while his Jewish side contributed to an interest in western art. In high school Katz won a national art and design award for using state of the art 3D modeling software to construct an imaginary future bicycle. He went on to earn his B.A. in Studio Art from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, where he studied sculpture and painting with a focus in color theory. In 2004 he attended the Chautauqua Institution for the Visual Arts and followed that by an extended residency at the Pine Street Studios in Burlington, Vermont. There, he was introduced to a community of artists and artisans including Lars Fisk, Matthew Penney, Creston Lea, Abby Manock, Missy Bly, John Marius , Alan Crawford and Pascal Spengemann. In 2007, he was selected to participate in the Seven Below Arts Initiative as the program was launched by Trey Anastasio and Burlington City Arts, and in 2008, he became the program's Studio Manager and Working Resident. He continues to foster contemporary art in the state of Vermont through this role and he has helped support the creation of art by more than fifty artists from the US and beyond. Katz has shown extensively in the Northeast with institutions including Mass MoCA/Berkshire Botanical Garden, the BCA Center, Chesterwood Museum, the Helen Day Art Center and the L.C. Bates Museum. In 2013, he was awarded a full fellowship to attend the University of Connecticut where he currently is working towards his Masters in Fine Art.