Cat Balco, ‘Bowl of Leaves’, 2012, FRED.GIAMPIETRO Gallery

The small, gestural, colorful first paintings are derived from my loose observation of natural or, more recently, mechanical forms. I make these paintings quickly, working through many versions of the same composition to create works that, to me, come close to depicting the beginning of something very new and filled with potential: a life or an idea. Their simple geometric compositions connect them to ancient symbols of fertility, life, the sun, and growth.

As I work through these small paintings, forms gather together, repeat, and mirror each other, creating larger patterns. Organisms grow similarly, through different stages of cell division and transmutation.

Enacting these patters on a large scale involves the gestural involvement of my entire body and frequently the co-coordinated labor of a group of painters. Once finished and installed within a built space these works appear to be structural themselves, and oddly integral to the architecture that they are embedded within. Ancient artists from many traditions ritually painted repeating patterns; sometimes these patterns served as architectural embellishments (perhaps in tombs or religious places.) Their goal, like mine, was twofold: first, the sanctification of public space, and second, the purification of self through meditative labor.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS & PROJECTS DIRECTED
2014 The Ellipses Project, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT
2013 Cat Balco: Recent Paintings, U n i v e r s i t y G a l l e r y , California State University at Sacramento, Sacramento, CA
A Shape Language, Frame 301 Gallery at Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA
2012 untitled, recent paintings by Cat Balco, Secretary of State Denise Merrill’s office, C T S t a t e C a p i t o l , Hartford, CT 2010 Tag & Repeat X2, large-scale public wall works through the SAP program, Artspace, New Haven, CT
2007 Cat Balco: Recent Paintings and Drawings, The Olin Gallery at Miss Porter’s School, Farmington, CT 2003 Cat Balco: Recent Paintings from Life, Blue Shoe Strategy at Union Square, New York, NY
Cat Balco: Recent Paintings, Red Mill Gallery at The Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT Cat Balco: Recent Paintings, Viewpoint Gallery at Union Square, New York, NY
COMMISSIONS
2013 Permanent wall painting installation in corporate conference room, Hobson Enterprises, Cheshire, CT 2010 Permanent wall painting installation in public lobby, 360 State Street, New Haven, CT
GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2015 Cloud Nine, Artspace, New Haven, CT (benefit auction)
2014 Thinking through Painting, Summer McNight Crosby Gallery, New Haven, CT
Improvised Showboat, New Haven, CT
Something Blue, Artspace, New Haven, CT (benefit auction) Vibrant, Whitney Center, Hamden, CT
2013 Fabrica, Court Square, Long Island City, NY
Yale MFA: Five Years Later, The Flinn Gallery, Greenwich, CT
Untitled Group Exhibition, JAM Archives at Printsource 2013, New York, NY
2012 Faculty Exhibition, Joseloff Gallery, University of Hartford, Hartford, CT
In Plain View, Nuartlink Gallery, Westport, CT
The Broadway Gala Benefit Auction, The Lyman Allen Museum, New London, CT MeganCraig&CatBalco,Seton Gallery, UniversityofNewHaven,NewHaven,CT
2011 Twofold, Cat Balco and Rachel Beach, Nuartlink, Westport, CT
Group Show, The Institute Library, New Haven, CT, curated by Stephen Vincent Kobasa
Faculty Exhibition, Joseloff Gallery, University of Hartford, Hartford, CT
Hope, Laba Gallery at the 14th Street Y , New York, NY
Future Tense, Participator.US, online exhibition of billboard concepts curated by David Borawski Chain Letter, Samson, Boston, MA
Grey Matter, The Painting Center, New York, NY
Gorky’s Granddaughter, West Cove Studio, New Haven, CT
benefit auction, Artspace,New Haven, CT (my 2010 painting Sun was a featured live auction item) Scrawl, Artspace, New Haven, CT
Scale Factor, West Cove Gallery Annex, West Haven CT
2010 Small Works Invitational, The Painting Center, New York, NY
Caliber, curated by Jonathan Waters, West Cove Gallery Annex, West Haven, CT
Cat Balco & Matthew Towers, Hans Weiss Newspace Gallery, Manchester Community College, Manchester, CT Faculty Exhibition, Joseloff Gallery, University of Hartford, Hartford, CT
2009 Somewhat Off the Wall Benefit Exhibition, The New Haven Arts Council at the O’Donnell Building, New Haven, CT Faculty Exhibition, Joseloff Gallery, University of Hartford, Hartford, CT StatusUpdate,curatedbyDonnaRuffandDebbieHess,Haskins Labs at Yale University,NewHaven,CT
Large Scale Wall Works by Cat Balco, Debbie Hesse, Ethan Boisvert, and Mystique, A-Space, West Haven, CT
Cat Balco and Sharka Hyland, School of Art Gallery at Pratt Munson-Williams Proctor Arts Institute, Utica, NY 2008 Abstraction/Distraction, Works by Jonathan Waters, Cat Balco, Emilia Dubicki, and Brian Wendler, A - S p a c e , West Haven, CT
Interspace: Line and Color, The Washington Art Association, Washington Depot, CT The Cabernet Initiative, curated by Vasken Mardikian, Mardikian Studio, Brooklyn, NY Faculty Exhibition, Joseloff Gallery, University of Hartford, Hartford, CT
2007 Faculty Exhibition, Joseloff Gallery, University of Hartford, Hartford, CT
M.F.A Thesis Exhibition, The Green Gallery at the Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT
2006 First Year MFA Exhibition, The Green Gallery at the Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT 2005 Josie Merck and Catharine Balco, The Atlantic Gallery, New York, NY
Roundtable Exhibition, Gregg Gallery at The National Arts Club, New York, NY ’Scapes, The Flinn Gallery at the Greenwich Public Library, Greenwich, CT The Young Talent Show, The Washington Art Association, Washington Depot, CT Holiday Show, The Atlantic Gallery, New York, NY
Catharine Balco, Eve Mansdorf, and Jeanne Moutassamy-Ashe, The Craven Gallery, Tisbury, MA
Catharine Balco and Alex Feyngold, Grand Lobby at Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn, NY 2004 Untitled, Mad Arts Gallery at the18th Street Studio Space, Brooklyn, NY
2003 Small Works Invitational, Soho 20 Gallery, New York, NY
2002 VSCStaffPainting,Red Mill Gallery at The Vermont Studio Center,Johnson,VT
2001 Selections from 25 Years of Alumni Artists, Deerfield Academy Memorial Gallery, Deerfield, MA
2000 Don Teeter and Catharine Balco, The MR Gallery, Burlington, VT
GRANTS AND AWARDS
2012 Arts Catalyze Placemaking Arts Leadership Grant, Connecticut Commission on the Arts, Hartford, CT 2012 Grant, Women’s Education and Leadership Fund, University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT
2012 Grant, Summer Stipend, The University of Hartford
2010 Grant, The Albers Foundation, Financial award given to Artspace to support my project Tag & Repeat x 2 2007 Helen Winternitz Award for Excellence in Painting, Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT
2006 Gloucester Landscape Painting Prize, Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT 2000 Vermont Community Foundation Artists’ Grant, Middlebury, VT
RESIDENCY FELLOWSHIPS
2008 Residency Fellowship, The Albers Foundation, Bethany, CT
2004 Residency Fellowship and Stipend, The Weir Farm Trust, Wilton, CT 2003 Residency Fellowship, The Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
JURIED REGISTRIES
White Columns Emerging Artists Registry, juried by Matthew Higgs, White Columns Gallery, New York, NY HONORS
2009 Named Associate Fellow, Morse College at Yale University, New Haven, CT
CURATORIAL PROJECTS, JUROR POSITIONS, AND ART CONSULTANTSHIPS
2012 Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, Juror
CT Commission for Culture and Tourism, Juror, reviewed public art proposals for the UCONN School of Nursing, Storrs, CT
2011 Seton Gallery, University of New Haven, Juror
2010 Mindsets, exhibition of collaborative work by artists & scientists; co-curated with New Haven Arts Council Curator Debbie Hesse,
Haskins Labs at Yale, New Haven CT
West Hartford Art League, Juror, West Hartford, CT
2008 Art Consultant, Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, New Haven, CT
EDUCATION
Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT
MFA in Painting 2007
Helen Winternitz Award for Excellence in Painting
Yale University, New Haven, CT BA in Studio Art (Painting) 1997
Yale Summer School for Music and Art, Norfolk, CT Summer Residency Program 1996
Ellen Battel Stoekel Fellowship
Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing, 2014 – present
Chair of the Fine Arts Department , 2014 - present
Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing, 2007-2014