Kayla Bates was born and works in Des Moines, Iowa. She is currently working toward her Bachelor degree in art education and studio art, along with a minor in photography. Kayla plans to finish her degree at Grand View University in April 2018. She is hoping to teach art in the Des Moines area in a high school. She has been working with children of all ages since the age of fifteen. She loves working with children of all ages and seeing how excited they are to learn and how students develop their skills over time. Kayla has been in several group art shows during her time at Grand View and won several awards including honorable mentions and second place. Kayla’s art and photography has been published in Bifrost Literary Journal two times and in Sagebrush Review Vol.XII: Fracture. Upcoming shows include her senior show exhibition in spring 2018.