Meet Katlyn Cornelius

with TuxedoKat

Entrepreneur and creative force, TuxedoKat, affectionately known in Funkytown (Concord NC) as Katlyn Cornelius, champions creative expression and public art in and by our local community. Katlyn migrated to Charlotte in 1999 from her hometown of Delevan, New York and attended Vance High School in the University Area. In 2007, Katlyn earned a Bachelor's degree in Communication from East Carolina University, graduating cum laude in her department. Interested in the societal effects of mass media, Katlyn closely studied communication theory, persuasion, ethics, and the incredible power behind mass communication. After University, Katlyn lived and worked in Washington DC editing political commercials for all political parties during the first Obama run in 2008. In her free time, she hosted over 100 foreigners in her home through a third-party platform known as Couch Surfing - which led to… Katlyn spent her late twenties living and teaching English in South Korea, experiencing the wonders of humanity by vagabonding through third world countries by motorbike, and living on the edge by hitchhiking across Canada. Katlyn did most of this alone or accompanied by friends made along the way. When Katlyn returned to Charlotte after years of adventuring abroad, it was time to “get a real job.” After a decade of trying to find her place in the corporate world, Katlyn flipped the figurative table and decided to build her own. The era of TuxedoKat Imaginarium was born. In addition to nurturing her own identity through creative expression, Katlyn has always believed in the need for leaders who can build a community that supports creatives and inspires others to view themselves as creative. It is her mission to lead by example, become this leader, and invigorate the town in hopes to inspire future leaders to take her place. Since returning from lock-down in 2021, Katlyn’s sculptures have been accepted into shows like the Salisbury (‘21) and Concord Sculpture Shows (‘22 & ‘23); won a Southeastern Partnership with Charleston Parks Conservancy competing in Artfields 2023 and will design & build a large-scale sculpture for the park; won three $10k sculpture proposal grants for Charlotte SHOUT (‘21 & ‘23) and Charlotte International Arts Festival (‘22). In May 2023, Katlyn curated her first gallery show "LIM|NAL" with 46 local artists at Cabarrus Arts Council in Downtown Concord.


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The making of the S.S. Backsplash at Southern Strain in Plaza Midwood, Charlotte NC