Katherine E. “Katie” Herzog (born 1979) is an American artist whose work often focuses on gender. In 2014 she created a series of 48 portraits of notable transgender people.

Note: For the “gender critical” podcaster born in 1983, see Katie Herzog vs. transgender people.



Herzog was born in Palo Alto, California and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2001 and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of California, San Diego in 2005. Her work has been written about in publications including the New York Times, Hyperallergic, Art and Cake, the Huffington Post, and Artforum. She currently works for the Monterey County Free Libraries and teaches drawing at CalPoly San Luis Obispo.

Transtextuality (Senate Bill 48)

Portraits in her 2012 work include: Aaron H. Devor, Alan L. Hart, Ben A. Barres, Blaine Paxton Hall, Christopher Lee, Dawn Langley Simmons, Deirdre N. McCloskey, Esben Esther Pirelli Benestad, Femke Olyslager, Imani Henry, Jacob Anderson-Minshall, Jacob Hale, Jan Morris, Jason Cromwell, Jennifer Finney Boylan, Joan Roughgarden, Julia Serano, Kari Edwards, Kate Bornstein, Kylar Broadus, Lana Wachowski, Leslie Feinberg, Lewis Turner, Louis Sullivan, Lynn Conway, Martine Aliana Rothblatt, Masae Torai, Mauro Cabral, Max Wolf Valerio, Molly Cutpurse, Paisley Currah, Patrick Califia, Rachael Padman, Rachel Tortolini, Raewyn Connell, Reed Erickson, Richard O’Brien, Sandy Stone, Sarah Fox, Shannon Price Minter, Sophie Wilson, Stephanie Langhoff, Stephen Whittle, Susan Stryker, T Cooper, Wendy Carlos, Zander Keig


Byas, Steven (2020), “California Artist Features John Birch Society History“, The New American, February 17, 2020

Knight, Christopher (2020), “Review: George W. Bush is her ‘blue boy.’ How artist Katie Herzog throws some serious shade,” Los Angeles Times, February 12.

Katie Herzog at Klowden Mann,” KCRW, January 21.2019

VoyageLA (2019), “Meet Katie Herzog,” March 4.

Kotha, Eashan Reddy, “Reforming the Digitized Experience: MFA Thesis Exhibition Explores “Terms of Use’”, New University, February 12.

Damon-Moore, Laura (2017), “Featuring: Katie Herzog,” Library as Incubator Project, October 26.

Katie Herzog,” Wall Street International, September 27, 2017

Heitzman, Lorraine (2017), “Supercaliforniagilisticexpialibodcious,” Art and Cake, September 5.

Zellen, Jody, “Katie Herzog, Rubbing the Internet Archive,” Art and Cake, August 31.

Scarborough, James (2016), “None of Your Beeswax? Hardly.: “Exegesis Eisegesis Encaustic,” Katie Herzog with Andrew Choate at Klowden Mann Gallery,” Huffington Post, June 19.

Stromberg, Matt (2015), “ArtRx LA,” Hyperallergic, June 14.

Mathiason, Jessica Lee (2015), “In Herzog’s Hands Transtextuality (Senate Bill 48),” Transgender Studies Quarterly, Duke University Press, Volume 2, Number 4, November.

Davy, Zowie (2015), “Trans Intelligentsia: A Western Pictorial?,” Transgender Studies Quarterly, Duke University Press, Volume 2, Number 4, November.

Besser, Kelly (2015), “Transtextuality (Senate Bill 48) Recovering and Reimagining Trans Histories,” Transgender Studies Quarterly, Volume 2, Number 4, November.

Smith, Roberta (2015), “Review: At NADA Art Fair, Collecting for Pleasure, Not Status,” New York Times, May 14.

Kellaway, Mitch (2014), “These 48 Trans Women and Men Changed the World,”Advocate, November 20.

McMahon, Kevin (2014), “Katie Herzog’s Psychedelic Libraries at Monte Vista Projects,” Silverlake Blvd, March 2.

Artblitz (2014) “Katie Herzog at Monte Vista Projects,” ArtBlitz Los Angeles, February 25.

Wagley, Catherine (2014) , “Wikipedia Becomes a Battleground for Art Activism,” LA Weekly, February 6.

Harren, Natilee (2013), “Artforum Critics’ Picks: Katie Herzog,” Artforum, July 24.

Tuck, Geoff (2013), “Katie Herzog at Night Gallery,” Notes on Looking, July 21.

Darling, Nikki (2013), “Orlando in the Mist: The Work of Katie Herzog,” KCET Artbound, June 12.

Torgovnick, Kate, “The Artist, Librarian, and Guerilla Girl Enthusiast,” kate-book.com, February 28.

XYZ (2011). “Bookworm on Wheels,” RISD, December.

Miller, Thaddeus (2011), “‘Phone Books’ Speaks Volumes on Use of Library,” Los Banos Enterprise, April 8.

Knight, Christopher (2010), “Katie Herzog at Actual Size Gallery,” Los Angeles Times, August 20.

Molina, Sandra T. (2010), “In Her Element,” Whittier Daily News, February 13.

Gibson, Allison (2010), “Katie Herzog,” DailyServing, January 2.

Molina, Sandra T. (2009), “Libraries As Art,” Whittier Daily News, February.

Timmons, Matthew (2009), “Katie Herzog: Librariana,” Artweek, February.

Enright, Robert (2006). “Girl Stories,” Border Crossings Magazine.

Ward, Jeff (2005), “On-Transit. Narrativas visuales en Norteamérica,” Crunch! eDitores, Mexicali, Mexico.


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