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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Education

2008
BFA cum laude, with Art History Minor, Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, Boston, MA

Professional workshops

2018
Natural Paintmaking, Wildcraft Studio School, Portland, OR (forthcoming)
Making It Public Workshop, Forecast Public Art, Bloomington, MN

Awards and commissions

2018
Next Step Fund Grant, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC)/McKnight Foundation
Eagan Community Supported Art, Eagan, MN

Solo and two-person exhibitions

2018
Healing Arts – Featured Artist (solo), Hudson Hospital and Clinic, Hudson, WI
Unnamed | Undefined (two-person), Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, Fridley, MN
What’s Here and What’s Distant (solo), Hennepin County Health Services Building, Minneapolis, MN
Healing Arts – Featured Artist (solo), Westfields Hospital and Clinic, New Richmond, WI

2017
Satellite (solo), MacRostie Art Center, Grand Rapids, MN
Orbital Resonance (solo), AIM Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2013
Menagerie (solo), Thomas Crane Public Library, Quincy, MA

Selected group exhibitions

2018
Mill City Art Show, Public Functionary, Minneapolis, MN

2017
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

2016
National Parks – Personal Narratives, Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, WI
Systems in Nature, Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes, MN

2015
Breaking Ground, Lunder Center for the Arts, Cambridge, MA

2014
Bibliophilia, Nave Gallery Annex, Somerville, MA

2013
Wings, Tails & Scales, The Greater Columbus Convention Center, in conjunction with the Midwest Veterinary Conference, Columbus, OH

2012
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

2011
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

2010
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

2009
Teeny Tiny Art Show #5 and Teeny Tiny Art Vendor, Three Graces Gallery, Portsmouth, NH

Publications

2014
Little Book of Bookmaking: Timeless Techniques and Fresh Ideas for Beautiful Handmade Books, written by Charlotte Rivers, published by Potter Craft

2013
Uppercase Magazine issue 16

2010
BeautifulDecay.com
Cut-Click Magazine issue 19
Redivider Journal issue 7.2

2009
Twenty2wo.com
And I Still Miss You Magazine issue 8
City Lines Magazine issue 2

Collections

Boston Public Library