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CATHERINE CARTER - MFA in Painting, 1997

On her work:

I am a painter, living and working in Holliston, Massachusetts. Also I teach painting and drawing at Framingham State College, and watercolor and figure drawing at the Danforth Museum School in Framingham. I am currently in an experimental phase in my studio, working on a series of large collages on paper, using acrylic, ink, pastel, tissue paper, and fabric. My recent work has involved line-oriented patterns on canvas, made with stencils and spray paint. The abstract imagery in my work continues to be drawn from calligraphic marks, textile weaves, and implied movement.

On her recent accomplishments:

I have had recent solo shows at the Danforth Museum of Art in 2005, as part of their New England Currents series, and at the Marran Gallery at Lesley University in 2004. I have also recently participated in a three-person show at Bristol Community College, and in group shows at the New Bedford Art Museum, the Attleboro Art Museum, and the New Art Center. In December 2006, I began writing In the Studio, an ongoing series of Southeastern Massachusetts-area artist profiles in the New Bedford Standard-Times. Just recently, I profiled CVPA Professor Stacy Latt Savage.

On her proudest achievement as an artist:

During my first solo show at the Genovese-Sullivan Gallery in Boston in 2001, a well-known Boston collector came into the gallery to buy the painting pictured on the invitation, sight unseen.


I had lived in Boston for 15 years prior to attending graduate school at UMass Dartmouth, and I moved to Fairhaven while I was earning my master's degree. The peaceful atmosphere and beautiful landscape of SouthCoast Massachusetts brought a welcome change from city life, and contributed a sense of calm and freedom to my work. During my graduate studies, I received so much help from so many members of the UMass Dartmouth faculty. My advisor, Professor Bill Elliott, was especially encouraging. Professor Bryan McFarlane gave me incredibly perceptive feedback on my work. Professor Tony Miraglia's generous recommendations helped me get hired for a number of jobs immediately after graduation.

On lessons learned in the "real world":

There are many ups and downs in an art career-honors and rejections. The only thing that really matters is enjoying what you do in your studio.

Advice for today's students:

Create only what is an honest reflection of yourself.