Kathy Yates' first exhibition was in a group show at the Center for Contemporary Art in Paris in 1984. That was followed by a solo show at the Puchong Gallery in NY in 1985. She has had work in more than 73 exhibitions since and is in more that 75 public and private collections. Yates studied at the School of Visual Arts, ICP and the New School during the years 1981 and 1983. She joined the historic Salmagundi Art Club in New York City in 1998 and was Chairperson of Photography there from 1998-2002. She successfully championed the idea of photography being exhibited alongside drawing, painting and sculpture, for the first time since the Club's finding in 1871. Kathy exhibited in group shows at the Soho Triad Gallery in New York City from 1997-2001 and her work hung beside the work of Carl Mydans, Alfred Eisenstadt and other classic photographers. Kathy lived in New York City and photographed there for 34 years before moving to Chicago in 2013.