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Catherine M Forster

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Tacoma, WA

Lives in

Works in


Art Institute of Chicago, 2002, MFA
London Business School, 1987, MBA

Representing galleries
The Rymer Gallery, Chicago

mixed-media, installation, realism, photography


Catherine Forster is an artist, filmmaker, and independent curator based in the Chicago area. She received an M.F.A from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her artwork has been shown at the Notebaert Museum (Chicago), Flint Institute of Art, Carnegie Art Museum, Grand Rapids Art Museum, South Bend Regional Art Museum, The Rymer Gallery (Nashville), Contemporary Art Centre (Vilnius, Lithuania), Central Michigan University Gallery, Brick City Gallery, Missouri State University, Merwin Gallery Illinois Wesleyan University, Freewaves (Los Angeles), San Diego Art Institute, Llewellyn Gallery, Alfred State College NY, City of Louisville Colorado Sculpture Garden, Orange County Contemporary Art Center, Exit Art (NY), and the Hyde Park Art Center Chicago, to name a few. Films have been screened at the Sao Paul International Short Film Festival, Krakow International Short Film Festival, Currents Santa Fe International New Media Festival, Magmart Film Festival Casoria International Contemporary Art Museum (Italy), East LA International Film Festival, the Great Lakes International Film Festival, Chicago REEL Short Film Festival, the Other Venice Film Festival (CA), Echotrope New Media Arts Festival (Omaha), Simultan Media Arts Festival (Romania), Echo Park Film Center (Los Angeles), Directors Lounge (Berlin), and San Diego International Women Film Festival. Forster is also the founder and director of LiveBox, a roving gallery focused on new-media art.

Forster’s trajectory as an artist began with careers in microbiology and business, each experience presented a pathway to her current practice. As a microbiologist her preferred medium was a microscope; today it is a camera and a paintbrush.  Forster’s fascination with the world beneath the microscope transformed to the extraordinary arena played out beyond the lens. She is forever fascinated by the capacity of the “third eye” to capture what is missed or denied. Today Forster is most challenged by the relationship between identity and mass media.  Her work covers themes of cultural constructs of the feminine, gender non-conformity, and our interactions with nature as a mediated resource.

Recent Exhibits

Catherine M Forster participated in these exhibits:

Mar, 2011 Guest Lecture - Ames School of Art
Ames School of Art, Wesleyan University
Jan, 2011 Relish the Drift
Merwin & Wakeley Galleries, Wesleyan University
Sep, 2010 Nature Signs
LiveBox - “Cabin of the Sublime – Or Not”
May, 2009 (re)load: new media art in chicago
Feb, 2010 Night Walk at BECAUSE THE NIGHT Sreening at AURORA PICTURE SHOW
Aurora Picture Show
Feb, 2010 Flow Interrupted
Hyde Park Art Center
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