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Cathy Durso is an artist based in Springfield, Massachusetts. Her paintings, drawings, and artist’s books have been exhibited throughout the US. She is a 2020 recipient of an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, and a 2018 recipient of the Next Step Fund Grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC)/McKnight Foundation. Her artist’s books are represented by Vamp & Tramp Booksellers and can be found in the collection of the libraries at University of California Los Angeles, Indiana University Bloomington, and Florida State University, among others.

Cathy grew up in northwestern Connecticut, received her BFA from the Art Institute of Boston, and a Master’s degree in Library Science with a concentration in Archives Management from Simmons College. Cathy spent time living in the Boston area and in Minneapolis, MN, before relocating to Springfield, MA, in 2020 after becoming a mother.

Cathy’s work reflects her interest in spending time in nature and her lifelong fascination with natural history museums. She collects things both tangible and intangible that she finds outside – sights, smells, feelings, rocks, pine cones, leaves – and everything that she collects ends up informing her work in some way. Her work functions as an outlet to document, catalog, and share these everyday phenomena.


Cathy Durso


Artist’s books represented by Vamp & Tramp Booksellers, Birmingham, AL


MLS, Archives Management Concentration, Simmons College, Boston, MA

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

Awards and commissions

Artist Initiative Grant, Minnesota State Arts Board

Minneapolis Art Lending Library, Minneapolis, MN
Utility Box Wrap Public Art Project, Eden Prairie, MN

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

Solo and two-person exhibitions

Solo exhibition at Waseca Art Center, Waseca, MN

Healing Arts – Featured Artist (solo), Hudson Hospital and Clinic, curated by Phipps Center for the Arts, 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, curated by Phipps Center for the Arts, 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

Bloom, Albany Center Gallery, Albany, NY

Viewpoint, Becket Art Center, Becket, MA
Bound/Unbound: Artists’ Books from the Special Collections, Pierre Bottineau Library, Minneapolis, MN

Motherhood, Gateway City Arts Small Works Gallery, Holyoke, MA
Here + Now (juror: Francine Weiss), Gallery 263, Cambridge, MA

Holiday Small Works Sale, Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA
Is This A Book?!, Minneapolis Central Library, Minneapolis, MN (traveled to Walker Library, Minneapolis, MN)
Pigments Revealed Symposium Exhibition, wildpigmentproject.org

Small Works, Red Wing Depot Gallery, Red Wing, MN
New Editions, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, MN
Biennial Juried Exhibition, Great River Arts, Little Falls, MN
To The Moon And Back, Hudson Hospital and Clinic, curated by Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, WI
Color Me, Opening Night Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

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

Small Paintings (juror: Sally Johnson), Red Wing Depot Gallery, Red Wing, MN
Roots and Wings (juror: Eric William Carroll), 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
Junko Revival, hosted by Glovebox, Rescue, Allston, MA

Senior Exhibition, Art Institute of Boston Main Gallery, Boston, MA
Archives of the Unnatural: BFA Exhibition (three-person), Art Institute of Boston Gallery at University Hall, Cambridge, MA

Public Collections

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, Bainbridge Island, WA
Baylor University Libraries, Waco, TX
Boston Public Library, Boston, MA
Florida State University, Strozier Library, Special Collections, Tallahassee, FL
Hennepin County Public Library, Minneapolis, MN
Indiana University Bloomington, Wells Library, Art & Architecture Collections, Bloomington, IN
Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, MN
Scripps College, Denison Library, Special Collections, Claremont, CA
Smith College, Neilson Library, Special Collections, Northampton, MA
University of California Los Angeles, Biomedical Library, Special Collections, Los Angeles, CA
University of Miami, Otto Richter Library, Special Collections, Judaica Studies, Miami, FL
University of Michigan, Art, Architecture, and Engineering Library, Special Collections, Ann Arbor, MI

Professional workshops

Seed to Pigment: A Local Indigo Experience, Vibrant Valley Farm, Portland, OR
Foraging for Earth Pigments, Wildcraft Studio School, Portland, OR
Art from the Landscape – Wildcrafted Pens, Inks, Pigments, Paints, and Crayons, Bowie, MD

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

Selected Publications

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