Catherine Haley Epstein
Artist | Writer | Collaborator | Scent Maker

About

 "Worry Wheel", part of the Sorting the Seeds project and continual work in progress.

"Worry Wheel", part of the Sorting the Seeds project and continual work in progress.

 

Artist Statement

In all of my art, regardless of medium, I am inspired by people, collective identity, public and private, yes and no, fragility, belonging and not belonging. I respond to the abundance of imagery from the deluge of media available. I make work as a means to negotiate my position with our times. My work is prolific and varied. I tend to use a limited color palette so that information is lost in translation and replicated images are mere vestiges of themselves. My work is an exploration of power – power within and outside, power in its implicit working through all levels of life and experience. Through exploring complex psychological states, whether through myth or contemporary narratives, my work strikes a balance between the very personal and the socially charged. My painting work is based on photographs mostly and there is often a political undercurrent in the choice of imagery. I draw subject matter from the most banal to the most charged photojournalistic images. A portrait of Laurent Gbagbo placed innocuously next to a portrait of my son renders the political as defunct – power is stripped of its authority. Through making I render all things equal.

BIO

Catherine Haley Epstein is an artist, award-winning writer, designer and curator. Most recently she attended the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference at Middlebury College in Vermont. In 2016 she was selected to exhibit her experimental fragrance project at the inaugural AIX Scent Fair at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. She is the recipient of the 2017 Perfumed Plume Award in Fragrance Journalism, for her writing on the use of scent as an art medium, and has served on the panel for Visual Artist grants for the National Endowment for the Arts. She served as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Visual Thinking Strategies, a non-profit based in New York City that has developed a proprietary program to teach children to think critically using fine art. In 2017 she was awarded the CEF "Living the Vision" Award for her advocacy and engagement for arts and schools in her local community. 

She was co-founder of Point & Line, which was an innovative platform testing for deeper dialog with contemporary art and artists. She is a lifelong advocate for arts in schools, and has worked with organizations such as Right Brain Initiative, Levi’s Strauss Youth Arts Program, the De Young Museum and Southern Exposure, on projects and in advisory roles to advance learning through the arts. As a gallery owner she was featured in the New York Times about her change of direction from a successful management-consulting career. As an artist she has exhibited throughout the US, and has attended residencies at Vermont Studio Center, the Headlands Center for the Arts and abroad in Montespertoli, Italy. She is a member of the Long Now Foundation and Americans for the Arts, and she continues to collaborate with artists and writers here and abroad on unique initiatives that explore intersections between art and other disciplines.

CV 

Born in Montreal, Quebec CANADA
Lives and works in Camas, Washington USA

EDUCATION
1995 Hamilton College, BA in Fine Arts, summa cum laude, Clinton, NY
1994 Lorenzo de Medici, Florence, ITALY

BIBLIOGRAPHY
2005 New York Times, “Profit, Not Jobs, in Silicon Valley”, page A1, Sunday, July 3, 2005
2004 San Francisco Business Journal, “High IQ Achievers Retrain Their Brains,” December 31, 2004
(2014 Portland Monthly Exhibition Pick of the Month, June 2013)

AWARDS
2018 Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, Middlebury College, VT
2017 Winner, Perfumed Plume Award in Journalism
2017 Camas Education Foundation (CEF), Living the Vision Award for work on arts in schools
2006 Affiliate Artist, Headlands Center for the Arts, Marin County, CA
1995 J. Barney Moore Prize in Fine Art, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY
William Gillespie Prize in Fine Art, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY

PUBLICATIONS
2015, 2016 Contributor, Temporary Art Review
2016 Contributor, Picture Sentence, a quarterly contemporary journal encouraging dialogue in the arts
2013 “In a True Democracy the Many are Obligated to the Few”, available on Amazon.com

SOLO SHOWS
2018  Invisible Permission | An Exercise in Radical Listening, Luke's, Portland, OR
2017 “50 Days 50 Choices”, NIAD Art Center, Richmond, CA
2015 “On Forgetting”, Pushdot Gallery, Portland, OR
2013 “Sorting the Seeds”, Pushdot Gallery, Portland, OR
2012 “Learning to Say No”, LinkSoul LAB, Oceanside, CA

RECENT EXHIBITIONS & PROJECTS
2018
“Can Touch This”, Cascade Paragon Gallery, Portland, OR
"Introduction to Scent in Art Practice", Workshop at The Working Library, Portland, OR
No. 2 Fragrance launch, a collaboration with Rory Sparks

2017
Arte Contemporanea Per Busajo, benefit auction at La Loggia in Florence, ITALY
“50 Days 50 Choices”, Pushdot Gallery, Portland, OR
Curator, “On Coloring | An Exhibition on Contemporary Art History and Coloring III”, a fundraiser for arts in education, Luke’s Frame Shop, Portland, OR

2016
Co-Founder, Point + Line, an online experiment on new dialogue in contemporary art (duration of project 2016-2018)
Exhibitor, AIX Scent Fair, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
“Suddenly Entire: Eleven Artists Draw”, Canon Gallery of Art, University of Western Oregon
Curator, “Rhythm, Pattern & Gesture” NIAD Center, Richmond, CA
Curator, “On Coloring | An Exhibition on Contemporary Art History and Coloring II”, a fundraiser for arts in education, Pushdot Studios, Portland, OR
Exhibition, “Art For Everybody”, Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery, Chemeketa College
2015
On Color(ing), Rolling River Distillery, Portland, OR (collaborative art project benefitting art education)
2012
Your Voices on Motherhood, International Museum of Women
“Undressed”, Froelick Gallery, Portland, OR
2011
“Equine”, Froelick Gallery, Portland, OR
“Drawing Connections”, Sienna Art Institute, Sienna, Italy
“Where are we now? Artists reflect on America ten years after 9/11, Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery, Chemeketa College
“Birds & Bees”, LinkSoul LAB, Oceanside, CA
Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition annual juried show Wide Open (juror, Nathan
Trotman, Associate Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of Art, New York, NY)
“TEXT Show”, SOAP Gallery, San Francisco, CA
30th Annual Gender Symposium, Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR
“Once Upon a Town”, Second Story Gallery, Camas Public Library, Camas, WA
2010
“Exchange with Sol Lewitt”, Cabinet NY and Mass MoCA
“Facing Fear”, Launchpad Gallery, Portland, OR
2009
“Mixed Metaphors”, Michael Rosenthal Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2008
Rebels for Justice, Bronx, NY
“Play”, Gallery One, Ellensburg, WA
Monster Drawing Rally, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA
“Optical Illusion”, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA
“Grounded”, Southern Exposure’s 16th Annual Juried Exhibit, San Francisco, CA
2007
“Domestic Departures”, Living Workshop, Grand Central Art Center, Fullerton, CA
“Mirabile Visu”, Cain Schulte Gallery, San Francisco, CA
“Childish Things”, 301 Bocano Gallery, San Francisco, CA
“Peace Camp”, Nettie Horne Gallery (previously Bricklane Gallery), London, UK
X Marks the Spot, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA
Big Pagoda, San Francisco, CA

ARTS EDUCATION | COMMUNITY & BOARD WORK
2016 Point & Line, Board of Advisors, Seattle, WA
2014 Visual Thinking Strategies, Vice Chair, Board of Directors, New York, NY
Adjunct Lecturer Art History, Clark College, Vancouver, WA
2014-2016 Co-teacher for art class, Dorothy Fox Elementary School
2013-present Artist in Residence Chair, Dorothy Fox Elementary School
2012 Visual Thinking Strategies, completed training at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene, OR
2009 Right Brain Initiative, Advocacy Committee, Portland, OR (served three years)
2008 The Urban School, Guest Lecturer, San Francisco, CA
2005 Appointed Chair of the Arts Patrons Council for Levis Strauss/SF Chronicle Youth Arts Festival
Girls for a Change, Art Workshop Facilitator, San Jose, CA
2003 Visual Thinking Strategies, worked on marketing and fundraising materials for VTS, facilitated teachers training and worked with museums on implementing their collections with public school curriculums, San Francisco, CA

WORKSHOPS/RESIDENCY
2012 Artist in Residence, with Rose Shakinovsky & Claire Gavronsky, Montespertoli, ITALY
2009 Resident, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
Contemporary Art & the Everyday, Rose Shakinovsky & Claire Gavronsky, Berkeley, CA
2007 Concept in Art Practice, Rose Shakinovsky & Claire Gavronsky, Montespertoli, ITALY
2006 Art History, with Rose Shakinovsky & Claire Gavronsky, San Francisco, CA
2006 Concept & Critque, with Rose Shakinovsky & Claire Gavronsky, Brooklyn, NY
2005 Mixed Media, with Rose Shakinovsky & Claire Gavronsky, Montespertoli, ITALY
2002 Artist in Residence, with Rose Shakinovsky & Claire Gavronsky, Montespertoli, ITALY

CURATING & PROGRAMMING
2009 Curator, Mary Lamboley – Recent Work, VIVA, Sebastopol, CA
2008 Curator, Begin Anywhere, 23HAM, Berkeley, CA
Curator, Mapping Reason, VIVA, Sebastopol, CA
Curator, The Water Project, Thoreau Galleries, The Presidio, San Francisco, CA
2006 Curator, ArtEdu, VIVA, Sebastopol, CA
Curator, Don’t Believe Everything You Think, VIVA, Sebastopol, CA
2004 Host and organizer for political fundraiser, Engage! where 35 artists nationwide contributed work
2003 Owner, Director and Curator, Haley Martin Galleries, San Francisco, CA
Curated, set up and promoted exhibits of national and international emerging and mid-career contemporary artists, managed gallery operations and finances, developed press materials and a catalog for exhibitions, managed artist, client and vendor relations, developed community relations and outreach.
1996 Gallery Manager, S. Bernstein & Company, San Francisco, CA
Manager for gallery specializing in museum quality ancient Chinese jade and artifacts, researched and wrote detailed descriptions of inventory for use in sales materials, managed accounting, invoicing and vendor relations, facilitated symposiums with the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.

COMMUNITY SERVICE & OUTREACH
2015 National Panel Member for Grant Review, National Endowment for the Arts
2009 Created artwork for family at the Children’s Relief Nursery, Portland, OR
2007 Donated artwork to Headlands Center for the Art’s Annual Benefit Auction
2005 Appointed Chair and Host of Hospitality House’s 20th Annual Art Auction
Auction Committee, Southern Exposure’s Annual Fundraiser
2004 Art Advisory Committee for Access Institute’s “Art Attack” Auction, San Francisco, CA
Procured new website by Kirshenbaum Bond Partners for de Young Museum’s Art Point group
Auction Committee, Southern Exposure’s Annual Fundraiser

MUSEUMS
2012 Portland Art Museum, Board Member, Contemporary Arts Council, Portland, OR
2005 Crocker Museum, Guest speaker, “Neo-Mod: Northern California Abstraction” exhibit, Sacramento,CA
2004 de Young Museum, Member of the Art Point Board, San Francisco, CA
1995 Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Assistant to the Director of Public Relations, Boston, MA
Fielded journalist inquiries on current exhibits and questions on collections, wrote press releases, represented MFA at Museums of Boston (MOB) meetings on behalf of PR Director, conducted survey to test comfort level with increasing ticket prices for special exhibitions.