Kate Gardiner grew up in rural Connecticut, she comes from a diverse family tree, growing up within the Native community as a member of the Chaubunagungamaug band of Nipmuck Indians while also experiencing the traditions that come with first generation Polish Americans. She is a current senior in illustration at Maine College of Art. Her artwork is inspired by her childhood and the sparks of imagination often lost within the development from child to adult. Kate Gardiner is a recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, such as The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, Albert K. Murray Grant, and Outstanding 2d Artwork in the Maine College of Art Merit Show. She has been employed at the Institute of Contemporary Art located in Portland, Maine for three years as an exhibitions ambassador. Recently, she has begun an internship with the Illustration Institute located in Portland, Maine. Her goal as an artist is to illustrate and publish her own children's books.