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CATHY PITTS

Cathy Pitts is an award-winning, international contemporary artist. She trained at an early age in piano, dance and acting, which she fully integrates in the development of her work. She graduated with a BFA from UCLA in theater and set design. She has been painting and creating art for four decades. She is the protege of her mentor Kwok Wai Lau, who she has intensely studied with for close to 20 years. Lau is a former faculty member of the International Art School, Hong Kong, guest lecturer for The Art Institute of Chicago, and graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago in the 1950's.

The movement of dance, the rhythm of music, the large scale of the set, the drama and power of color are the foundation of her work. Light is a central theme in all of her paintings, representing life and hope. Glass and reflective surfaces as subjects, provide a landscape where the artist choreographs the movement of the shimmering light. Pitts is known for her versatility with the ability to paint in many different styles and themes. As a female artist the theme of the power of women and their light reappears throughout her portfolios.

Her work has been selected, exhibited and awarded in over 40 national and international juried exhibitions by prominent curators from the Metropolitan Museum, the Whitney, Guggenheim and MOMA/New York, to name a few, and world renowned art critics, Donald Kuspit, Phyllis Tuchman, and Kenneth Baker. She entered the international stage as an invited featured artist representing the US for 4 years at Art Revolution Taipei. Sponsored by the New York Contemporary Art Fund in 2013, she had an unprecedented sold-out show VIP night. Her work traveled throughout Taiwan showing at the X Power Gallery, Bellavita Gallery and the Kelti Gallery in Taipei, and the Baosheng Galleries in Taichung and Kaoshiung. She was the commissioned artist for the 2010 Vail Jazz Festival and cover artist of the CEO International Magazine. 

Her work has been featured in many publications, such as Chinese Contemporary Art News, Art Investment Magazine, Arch Magazine, Reve Magazine, Vogue, Marie Claire, Artist Magazine (Asia) and Palm Springs Life Magazine, to name a few. She has dedicated many years to private commissions to collectors nationwide and is in private and public collections worldwide. The artist is now developing an exciting new portfolio in her Palm Springs studio to be released soon.

 

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Recognition & Awards

MOST INNOVATIVE PAINTING AWARD

National Oil and Acrylic Painters' Society International Spring On-Line Exhibition 2020 for Light Tapestry.

ARTIST SELECTION AWARD

Korean Cultural Center, 23rd National Contemporary Art Exhibition, Juried by Max Presneill, Director of the Torrence Art Museum and Erin Christovale, Associate Curator, Hammer Museum. Korean Cultural Center Gallery, Los Angeles.

FRED BIRD MEMORIAL AWARD

2010 Palm Springs Art Museum ACE Exhibition, Juried by Martin Gammon, Bonhams and Butterfield.

FIRST PLACE LENORE SEGAN AWARD

Joyce Dutka Arts Foundation 2008- 2009 National Visual Arts Competition, Hollis Taggart Gallery, Manhattan.

KIM AND MARION LEONARD AWARD FOR OIL PAINTING

Will's Creek Survey 2007 National Exhibition Cumberland, Maryland, Juried by Jeffery Allison, Director of Education, Paul Mellon Collection.

4TH PLACE AWARD

Gallery Manchester National Juried Fine Art Exhibition 2007, Juried by Dr. Jefferson C. Harrison, Chief Curator, Chrysler Museum of Art.

BEST OF SHOW PALM SPRINGS ART MUSEUM NATIONAL

37th Annual National Exhibition, Palm Springs Art Museum, California.

3RD PLACE AWARD

2004 Palm Springs Art Museum ACE Exhibition

 

Selected Group Shows

2020

American Artists Professional League 92nd Grand National Exhibition 2020, (on-line), Juried by Peter Trippi, editor-in-chief, Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine

National Acrylic and Oil Painters Society International Spring On-Line Exhibit

Art Matters, The Huntington Museum and Library, Pasadena, CA, (postponed until March 2021)

2019

National Faber Birren Color Award Show, Juried by Meredith Brown, Associate Curator, Metropolitan Museum of Art

20th Wills Creek Exhibition (National), Juried by Jack Rasmussen, Director, American University Museum

National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society International Spring Online Exhibition

2017

The American Artists Professional League 89th Grand National Exhibition, Juried by David Leffel

Korean Cultural Center Los Angeles 23rd National Contemporary Art Exhibition, Small Group Show

Palm Springs Art Museum ACE Exhibition, Juried by artist, Lita Albuquerque, art critic, David Pagel, and gallerist, Rick Royale

2016

Palm Springs Art Museum ACE Exhibition, Palm Springs, CA, Juried by Philip K. Smith, Susan Goodman, Gerald Clarke

2015

Palm Springs Art Museum ACE Exhibition, Palm Springs, CA, Juried by Christian Hohmann Gallery

2014

Art Revolution Taipei, Invited featured artist, NYCA, World Trade Center, Taipei, Taiwan

X Power Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

Bellavita Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

Kelti Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

Baosheng Galleries, Taichung, and Kaoshiung

Palm Springs Art Museum ACE Exhibition, Palm Springs, CA, Juried by Donna MacMillan

2013

Art Revolution Taipei, Invited featured US artist, sponsored by the New York Contemporary Art Fund, World Trade Center, Taipei, Taiwan

X Power Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

Bellavita Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

Kelti Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

2012

Art Revolution Taipei, Invited featured US artist, sponsored by the New York Contemporary Art Fund, World Trade Center, Taipei, Taiwan

X Power Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

Bellavita Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

Kelti Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

Baosheng Galleries, Taichung and Kaoshiung

2011

Carriage House Gallery National Juried Exhibition, Oak Park, IL, Juried by David Sokol, Director of Terra Museum of Art and Spertus Museum

Harrisburg 83rd Annual International Juried Exhibition, Harrisburg, PA, Juried by Kaitlin Booher-Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

2010

Palm Springs Art Musuem ACE Exhibition, Juried by Martin Gammon, Bonhams and Butterfields

7th Biennial National Art Exhibition, Visual Art Center, Punta Gorda, FL, Juried by Peter Trippi, Editor, "Fine Arts Connoisseur Magazine", Former Director of Dahesh Museum, NY

Juried Fine Arts 2010 (National), Mill Pond House Gallery, St. James, NY, Juried by Joan Young, Curator of Contemporary Art and Manager of Curatorial Affairs, Solomon R. Guggenheim Musuem

24th International Juried Show, Visual Art Center, Summit, NJ, Juried by Susan Kismaric, Curator, Museum of Modern Art, NY

2009

81st Grand National Exhibition, The Artists Professional League, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY

Fall Brush Exhibition (International) Pen and Brush Inc, New York, NY, Juried and curated by Margaret Kelly, Former Director of Forbes Collection and Galleries

Joyce Dutka Arts Foundation 2009 Visual Arts Competition, Hollis Taggart Gallery, New York, NY

2008

Realities and Illusions National Juried Exhibition, Marin MOCA, Novato, CA, Juried by Kenneth Baker, Art Critic, "San Francisco Chronicle"

2008 Spring Brush National Exhibition, Pen and Brush Inc., New York, NY, Juried by Pamela Koob, Curator of the Permanent Collection of the Art Students League of New York

2007

Southern California Open Regional Exhibition, Los Angeles, CA, Juried by Michael Zakian, Director of The Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University

Will's Creek Survey 2007 National, Juried by Jeffrey Allison, Director of Education, Paul Mellon Collection, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Harrisburg 79th Annual International Juried Exhibition, Harrisburg, PA, Juried by Alex Baker, Curator of Contemporary Art, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

Gallery Manchester National Juried Exhibition, 1212 Gallery, Richmond, VA, Juried by Dr. Jefforson C. Harrison, Chief Curator, Chrysler Museum of Art

San Diego Art Institute 49th International Award Exhibition, Museum of the Living Artist, San Diego, CA, Juried by Dr. Norman Bryson, Internationally known lecturer/author

Open Competition 2007 (National), Firehouse Gallery, Garden City, NY, Juried by Tina Kukelski, Whitney Museum

Room with a View National Exhibition, Long Beach, CA, Juried by Jay Belloli, Former Director of Gallery Programs, Armory Center, Former Curator, Walker Art Center

Discoveries National Exhibition, George Segal Gallery, Juried by Phyllis Tuchman, Art Critic, Curator

3rd Annual National Exhibition, Marin MOCA, Juried by Frances McCormack, San Francisco Art Institute

2006

37th  Annual National Exhibition, Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA

National 3rd Biennial Exhibition, Punta Gorda, Florida, Juried by M. Stephen Dougherty, Editor-in-Chief, "American Artist Magazine"

National 71st Art Exhibition, Cooperstown, NY, Juried by Elizabeth Barker, Associate Curator, Metropolitan Museum

Alpan International 2006, Alpan Gallery, Huntington, NY, Juried by world reknowned art critic,  Donald Kuspit

National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylics, Binney and Smith Gallery, Bethlehem, PA 

3rd Annual National Exhibition, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato, CA, Juried by Frances McCormack, San Francisco Art Institute

2004

Palm Springs Art Museum ACE Exhibition, Palm Springs, CA, juried by curatorial staff, Palm Springs Art Museum

 

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