Cathy Durso

Cathy Durso is an artist based in Minneapolis, MN. Through various media including acrylic, ink, thread, and pastel she strives to make artwork inspired by a sense of connection with all life. Her recent work incorporates natural materials such as rocks, by sewing them directly onto the canvas. She is currently experimenting with creating her own art materials out of rocks, soils, and plants that she collects herself.

Cathy grew up in northwestern Connecticut and is a graduate of the Art Institute of Boston. She lived in Boston for several years and moved to Minneapolis in 2015. When she is not making art, she loves to be outside, camping, hiking, or just walking around in nature. She likes to travel and explore. She also loves to watch dogs play.

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BFA cum laude, with Art History Minor, Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, Boston, MA

Professional workshops

Pigment Foraging, Early Futures, Oakland, CA
Natural Paintmaking, Wildcraft Studio School, Portland, OR
Making It Public Workshop, Forecast Public Art, Bloomington, MN

Awards and commissions

Next Step Fund Grant, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC)/McKnight Foundation
Eagan Community Supported Art, Eagan, MN

Solo and two-person exhibitions

Healing Arts – Featured Artist (solo), Hudson Hospital and Clinic, Hudson, WI
Unnamed | Undefined (two-person), Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, Fridley, MN
Featured Artist (two-person), Hennepin County Health Services Building, Minneapolis, MN
Healing Arts – Featured Artist (solo), Westfields Hospital and Clinic, New Richmond, WI

Satellite (solo), MacRostie Art Center, Grand Rapids, MN
Orbital Resonance (solo), AIM Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

Menagerie (solo), Thomas Crane Public Library, Quincy, MA

Selected group exhibitions

Small Works, Red Wing Depot Gallery, Red Wing, MN
Mill City Art Show, Public Functionary, Minneapolis, MN

Small Paintings, Red Wing Depot Gallery, Red Wing, MN
Roots and Wings, Silverwood Park Gallery, Saint Anthony, MN
Abstract, Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Minnetonka, MN
La Mese delle Donne, Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN
From Farm to Table, Red Wing Depot Gallery, Red Wing, MN
Summer Arts Discovery, Landmark Center, St. Paul, MN

National Parks – Personal Narratives, Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, WI
Systems in Nature, Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes, MN

Breaking Ground, Lunder Center for the Arts, Cambridge, MA

Bibliophilia, Nave Gallery Annex, Somerville, MA

Wings, Tails & Scales, The Greater Columbus Convention Center, in conjunction with the Midwest Veterinary Conference, Columbus, OH

The Hundreds Show, Lincoln Arts Project, Waltham, MA
100 Prints Celebrating 100 Years, State Transportation Building, Boston, MA
30 Under 30, Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown, MA
Arte Natura, Limner Gallery, Hudson, NY

Animals & Botanicals, Lincoln Arts Project, Waltham, MA
Critters, University of New England Art Gallery, Portland, ME
Black & White, Lincoln Arts Project, Waltham, MA
Small Works Show, Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown, MA

Small Works Show, Raandesk Gallery, New York, NY
Unhinged, Gallery 263, Cambridge, MA
Teeny Tiny Art Show #7, Three Graces Gallery, Portsmouth, NH
Little Critters, Nave Gallery, Somerville, MA

Teeny Tiny Art Show #5 and Teeny Tiny Art Vendor, Three Graces Gallery, Portsmouth, NH


Little Book of Bookmaking: Timeless Techniques and Fresh Ideas for Beautiful Handmade Books, written by Charlotte Rivers, published by Potter Craft

Uppercase Magazine issue 16

Cut-Click Magazine issue 19
Redivider Journal issue 7.2

And I Still Miss You Magazine issue 8
City Lines Magazine issue 2


Boston Public Library