Catherine (Cate) Smith

Born: Washington, DC

Studio Location: Worcester, MA


1974 Windham College, BA Studio Art

1988 School of the Art Institute of Chicago, PBCC

1990 School of the Art Institute of Chicago, MFA


2022 Present Tense Prize, ArtsWorcester, Worcester, MA

2005-2008 Foundation for Mott Community College and Ruth Mott Foundation Grant for coordinating collaborative project with students to create a lifesize bronze bear sculpture for the college

2001 Animating Democracy Initiative/C.S. Mott Found. Grant for webpage (

1999 Foundation for MCC and UAW grants for exhibition catalogue Witnesses and Warriors

1997 Friends of Modern Art, Flint Institute of Art, Installation grant for solo exhibition

1995 Juror’s Award,  Michigan Outdoor Sculpture Five, Southfield, MI

1993-4 Creative Artist Grant, Arts Foundation of Michigan

1993 Artist Residency, Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA

1989 Second Year Full Tuition Scholarship, School of the Art Institute of Chicago


1991-2011 C.S. Mott Community College, Prof. in Art, teaching sculpture, drawing, 3D design

Winter 1999 Michigan State University, Visiting Assistant Prof., interactive art (advanced sculpture class)


2022 Dread Running: Memorial to Lost Dogs, Solo Exhibition, ArtsWorcester, Worcester, MA

2020/21 A Cabinet of Curiosities, Solo Exhibition, Danforth Art Museum, Natick, MA

2020 Members Show, ArtsWorcester, Worcester, MA

2019 About Face, ArtsWorcester, Worcester, MA 

2019 Unconventional, Davis Art Gallery, Worcester, MA

2018 Members Show, ArtsWorcester, Worcester, MA

2018 Drawings, Acoustic Java Café, Worcester, MA

2017/18 Photographs, Acoustic Java Café, Worcester, MA

2012 Animal Intelligence, Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, MI

2011 Thinking Objects, Solo Exhibition. Mott Community College, Flint, MI

2010 Selections from the MCA Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

2008 Surface, Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, MI

2008 Gender Agenda, Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, MI

2007 Group Exhibition, Buckham Gallery, Flint, MI

2007 Window Shopping, Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, MI

2006 Stagy Behavior, Red Ink Studios, Flint, MI

2003 Precincts, 3 artists, Buckham Gallery, Flint, MI

2003 Selections, 5 artists, SPACES, Cleveland, OH

2003 3-person exhibition with Hill and Nelson, Marygrove College, Detroit, MI

2002 4th Annual Sculpture Invitational, Krasl Art Museum, St. Joseph, MI 

2002 Unmade, Solo Exhibition, Albion College, Albion, MI

2001 Bock, Cogswell, Prokos, Smith, Buckham Gallery, Flint, MI

1999 Witnesses and Warriors, Greater Flint Arts Council, Flint, MI

1998 Sound and Video, Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL

1998 Michigan Sculptors, Frederic Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids

1998 Group Exhibition, Olivet College, Olivet, MI

1997 Far from Home, Cranbrook Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI

1997 Laying Your Cards on the Table, Solo Exhibition, Flint Institute of Art, Flint, Michigan

1997 Solo Exhibition, General Motors Institute, Flint, MI

1997 Pontiac Sculpture Invitational, Creative Art Center, Pontiac , MI

1996 Solo Exhibition, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL

1996 The Study of Rain, Raw Space, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL

1995 Waste Not, Detroit Focus Gallery, Detroit, MI

1995 Infrasite, Soho, NYC (sidewalks)

1995 Order and Disorder, SPACES, Cleveland, OH

1995 Michigan Outdoor Sculpture Five, Southfield, MI

1995 14th Michigan Biennial, Kresge Art Museum, East Lansing, MI

1994 Installments, Paint Creek Center for the Arts, Rochester, MI

1994 Art(works) Bohnert, Caskey, Liljeblad, Smith, Detroit Focus, Detroit, MI

1993-4 Untitled Collaborative Installation, 1414 Monterey, Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA

1993 3-Person Show, Buckham Gallery, Flint, MI

1993 Willing Disbelief, Detroit Artist Market, Detroit, MI

1992 Food for Thought, Solo Exhibition, MCC Fine Arts Gallery, Flint, MI

1991-2 Margin of Safety, collaborative installation, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

1991 Angus, Hickey, Smith, Takiguchi, Gallery 2, Chicago, IL

1990 Gigantic Women, Miniature Work, Gallery 2, Chicago, IL


“In ash and bone, Worcester artist memorializes euthanized shelter animals.” Margaret Smith. Worcester Magazine. Dec. 3, 2022. (photos and video online)

“The Danforth Celebrates the Natural World.” Meredith Cutler. Artscope. November/December 2020, pp. 15-16. (photo)

“Playful remembrances, unconventional materials.” Chris Bergeron. Milford Daily News. Oct. 2, 2020. (photos and video online)

“Gender Agenda: Fun for a boy or a girl.” Katie Whitney. Ann Arbor Observer. Sept. 2008.

“ ‘Surface’ goes beyond that with depths to engage the audience.” John Carlos Cantu. Ann Arbor News. March 23, 2008. (photo)

“Krasl sculptors show organic, geometric trends.”Roger Green, Gazette, Kalamazoo, MI, Sept. 2002.

MF Installations 1990-1999. Pittsburgh: The  Mattress Factory, 2001.

“9 Michigan artists take us home again…” Joy Hakanson Colby. The Detroit News. June 12, 1997. D1. (photo)

“Towards the Millineum.” East Lansing Community Television. Judith Taran, Ex. producer. 1997.

Review of “Order and Disorder,” Mark Price. Art Papers. Sept./Oct. 1995. Page 66. (photo)

“Sidewalk Photos.” City Arts. CH13, PBS station, NYC. Cathy Brew, producer. First aired October 19, 1995.

“Who Are Those Women Embedded in the Sidewalk?” Monte Williams. The New York Times. August 20, 1995. Section 13, Page 6. (photo)

 “Exhibit reveals Michigan artists’ edgy side.” Roger Green. The Ann Arbor News. Jan. 21, 1995. D1.

 “Focus four.” Joy Hakason Colby. Detroit News. April 22, 1994.

 “Sharing the View, ‘The group of six’ meshes ideas, images at the Mattress Factory.” Donald Miller. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.Dec. 17, 1993. (photo)

“Michigan Biennial–Quality of works by state artists a relevation.” Roger Green. Ann Arbor News. Jan. 30, 1993. (photo)

“Exhibit provides food for thought.” Carol Azazian. The Flint Journal, November 27, 1992.

“Chicago Page.” Kathryn Hixon. Arts Magazine. May 1992.

“Margin of Safety.” Susan Collins. New Art Examiner. Feb. 1992.

“Gigantic Women/Miniature Work.” The Letter X. Feb. 1991.


Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA 

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

Private collections


2004 “Women in Tuxedos.” 2wice: Visual and Performing Arts,  Formal, Vol 7, No 2. pp. 34-9.

2003 Women in Pants: Manly Maidens, Cowgirls and Other Renegades.  New York: Harry N. Abrams. 2003. Co-author with Cynthia Greig.

1999 Witnesses and Warriors: The 1936-37 Flint  Sitdown  Strike. Flint: Mott Community College. 1999.

226-page exhibition catalogue (English and Spanish) with 35 color plates and excerpts from oral histories of the sitdowners, Catherine Smith, editor and exhibition coordinator. 


2003 Peter Goddard. “Getting into Men’s Pants.” Toronto Star. May 3, 2003. H8.

2003 Michael Upchurch. “Book Notes.” Seattle Times. June 29, 2003.

2003 “Why Can’t a Woman Be More Like a Man.” The Times Magazine. London, England. April 5, 2003.  pp14-20, cover. (book extract)


2003 National Women’s Hall of Fame, lecture about dress reform, April 26, 2003.

2002 American Social History Project, Learning to Look Leadership Conference, NYC, participant

2001 Presenter, LAND Conference, Detroit, MI

1997 Lecture, Pontiac Sculpture Invitational ‘97

1997 Flint Institute of Arts Lecture in conjunction with solo exhibition

1995 Lecture: The Viewer completing the artwork, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

1994 Aesthetics and Politics Conference, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, Panel member

1994 Michigan Directions: Flint Area Artists, Flint, Institute of Arts, Flint, Michigan, Panel Member


2009 Juror, Art Fair, Flint Institute of Art, Flint, MI

2002 Curator, Pittsburgh/Detroit/Flint Exhibition, Buckham Gallery, Flint, MI

1992-2009 Artist Member/at times: board member/officer/exhibition coordinator, Buckham Gallery

1998-9 Coordinator, Sitdown Portrait Project

1998 Curator, The Dark Show, Buckham Gallery

1995 Exhibition Committee, Paint Creek Center for the Arts

2000 Exhibition Committee, Detroit Artist Market