Kathryn Vajda was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She received her BFA in Printmaking from the Cleveland Institute of Art and her MFA in Printmaking from Indiana University in Bloomington.

The Snow City and Ice prints have been exhibited at “Indigo Celebrates 10 Years”, Indigo Art, Buffalo, NY, (2018), MAPC Conference, “Indiana University Alumni Exhibition”, Laramie, WY (2018), Cleveland Institute of Art, “ 2018 Alumni Exhibition”, Cleveland , OH, (2018) The View in the Vandervort Gallery, Old Forge, NY, (2018). It was part of the 6th Guanian International Print Biennial, China 2017 and a group show of Alfred Alumni and Faculty at the Southern Graphics Conference in Portland, Oregon. The  series was shown as as part of "Configuration recent work by Kathryn Vajda and Bryan Hopkins" at INDIGO art in Buffalo, NY (2016). Individual prints were part of the "Variantology'", exhibit in the Fosdick-Nelson Gallery at Alfred University.

She has exhibited in shows in China “Global Fold: 43 degrees Latitude,” Jilin University, Changchun, (2013), “Insatiable Streams”, Beijing Contemporary Art Center, Beijing, and PS1 Queens, NY, (2007) and “Open Source/ Digital Media Arts: Artists from The Institute for Electronic Arts”, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, (2003). The Southern Graphics Conference, Philadelphia, PA, (2010). She has exhibited and taught at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO, (2002). She also exhibited in Babylon Lexicon, Goldring Riverview Gallery of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, New Orleans, LA (2007) and Positive Negative, Slocumb Galleries, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN (2001). She was a participant in the Cleveland Institute of Art Invitational Exhibit 1999 held at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland OH. She also has taken part in the 59th (2015), 62nd (2011), 63rd (2009), and 65th (2003) Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition at Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, NY.

Her work and techniques in manipulating layers in Adobe Photoshop were cited in "Exploring Color Photography From Film to Pixels" fifth edition by Robert Hirsch, Focal Press (2011). Other publications include "Insatiable Streams", Beijing Contemporary Art Center, Beijing, China (2007) and "Open Source/Digital Media Arts:Artists from the Institute for Electronic Arts". Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China (2003).

She is currently is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Art in the School of Art and Design at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University.