EDUCATION

2007
MFA in Painting, Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT
Helen Winternitz Award for Excellence in Painting

1997
BA in Studio Art (Painting), Yale Univeristy, New Haven, CT

1996
Summer Residency Program 1996, Yale Summer School for Music and Art, Norfolk, CT
Ellen Battel Stoekel Fellowship

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017
Cat Balco, Watch your Step!, Five Points Gallery, Torrington, CT

2014
The Ellipses Project, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT

2013
Cat Balco: Recent Paintings, University Gallery, 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, CT State Capitol, 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

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018
Get Loose: Cat Balco, Ben Godward, Jason Rohlf, Rick Wester Fine Art, New York, NY, curated by Tracy McKenna
State of Abstraction, Washington Art Association, Washington Depot, CT, curated by Jaqueline Gleisner and Daphne Anderson Deeds

2017
MANIAC, John Slade Ely Center for Contemporary Art, New Haven, CT, curated by Kevin Daly
The APEX, A selection of Several Most Admired CT Artists by Art Directors and Curators Across the State; Hygenic Art Galleries, New London, CT

2016
The Reality of Abstraction: Cat Balco, Mike Childs, Adam Frezza and Terry Chiao, Chris Mercier, Anne Sherwood Pundyk, David Rich, Vincent Verillo, Cecilia Whittaker-Doe, Becky Yazdan, Schelfhaudt Gallery, Shintaro Akatsu School of Design, University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT, curated by Peter Konsterlie
Artspace, New Haven, CT (benefit auction)

2015
Evolution of Immediacy: Sue Post, Karen Schifano, Lucy Mink, Elizabeth Gourlay, Cat Balco; Ball & Socket Fine Arts, Cheshire, CT, curated by Kevin Daly
Art For Sale!, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT, curated by Eric Ben-Kiki
Cloud Nine, Artspace, New Haven, CT (benefit auction)

2014
Thinking through Painting, Summer McNight Crosby Gallery, New Haven, CT, curated by Leticia Galizzi
Improvised Showboat, New Haven, CT, curated by Loren Britton and Zachary Keeting
Something Blue, Artspace, New Haven, CT (benefit auction)
Vibrant, Whitney Center, Hamden, CT, curated by Debbie Hesse

2013
Fabrica, Court Square, Long Island City, NY
Yale MFA: Five Years Later, The Flinn Gallery, Greenwich, CT, curated by Tracy McKenna and Kirsten Pitts
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, curated by Vida Geranmayeh
The Broadway Gala Benefit Auction, The Lyman Allen Museum, New London, CT
Megan Craig & Cat Balco, Seton Gallery, University of New Haven, New Haven, CT

2011
Twofold, Cat Balco and Rachel Beach, Nuartlink, Westport, CT, curated by Vida Geranmayeh
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, curated by Rachel Wren and Mathew Farina
Gorky’ s Granddaughter , West Cove Studio, New Haven, CT , curated by Zachary Keeting and Christopher Joy
benefit auction, Artspace, New Haven, CT
Scrawl, Artspace, New Haven, CT, curated by Martha Willete Lewis
Scale Factor, West Cove Gallery Annex, West Haven CT, curated by Jonathan Waters

2010
Small Works Invitational, The Painting Center, New York, NY
Caliber, West Cove Gallery Annex, West Haven, CT, curated by Jonathan Waters
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
Status Update, curated by Donna Ruff and Debbie Hess, Haskins Labs at Yale University, New Haven, 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- Space, 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 the 18th Street Studio Space, Brooklyn, NY

2003
Small Works Invitational, Soho 20 Gallery, New York, NY

2002
VSC Staff Painting, 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, AWARDS, AND FELLOWSHIPS

2016
Coffin Grant, University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT
Sabbatical Grant, University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT

2012
Arts Catalyze Placemaking Arts Leadership Grant, Connecticut Commission on the Arts, Hartford, CT
Grant, W omen’ s Education and Leadership Fund, University of Hartford, W est Hartford, CT
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

2008
Residency Fellowship, The Albers Foundation, Bethany, CT

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

2004
Residency Fellowship and Stipend, The Weir Farm Trust, Wilton, CT

2003
Residency Fellowship, The Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

2000
Vermont Community Foundation Artists’ Grant, Middlebury, VT

SELECTED PUBLISHED WRITING

Art New England, “Tschabalala Self,” artists profile, May/June 2018
Art New England, “Anoka Faruqee,” artists profile, January/February 2018
Art New England, “Helena Hernmarck,” artists profile, November/December 2017
Art New England, “Robert Indiana at the Glass House,” review, September/October 2017

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

  • The Arts Paper, “The Journey Over the Destination: Cat Balco Emphasizes the Process of Painting,” article by Hank Hoffman, April 2015 (images including cover image)
  • The Hartford Courant, “At Real Art Ways, a Dramatic Display of the Dying,” article by Susan Dunne, June 17, 2014 (image)
  • Gorky’s Granddaughter, on-line interview by Zach Keeting and Chris Joy at gorkysgranddaughter.com, 2011 The New Haven Independent, “Object Lesson #48,”review of large wall work Net by Stephen Kobasa, Jan 27, 2010 (image)
  • The New Haven Register, “A-Space adventure: Multidimensional West Cove Gallery up to rafters with a fine show,” review of Large Scale Wall Works exhibition by Judy Birke, January 24, 2010 (image)
  • The New York Times, “Where Art Meets Social Networking Sites,” review of Status Update exhibition by Jan Ellen Spiegel, Metropolitan section of Connecticut edition, July 2, 2009
  • Bon International, “Fifteen Young Masters of Oil,” feature on emerging painters by Friere Barnes, Issue No. 12, Winter 2007 (image)

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT
Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing, 2014 – present Chair of the Fine Arts Department, 2014 – 2017
Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing, 2007-2014

Yale University Summer Session, Pont-Aven and Auvillar, France
Adjunct Professor (summer term), 2008 and 2009

Pont-Aven School for Contemporary Art, Pont-Aven, France
Assistant to Professor Robert Reed, 2007

Housatonic Community College, Bridgeport, CT
Adjunct Professor, 2006 – 2007

Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT
Graduate Teaching Assistant to Professor Robert Reed, 2006 – 2007