Catherine Prescott


Huffington Post Critic John Seed Curates Exhibit At Santa Clara University

April 3-28, 2017, Santa Clara University will exhibit works of artists who are influenced by the Bay Area Figure Painters, in particular David Park. The show is curated by Huffington Post critic John Seed. I am honored to have a work in "Honoring the Legacy of David Park." A catalog is available here.

Abend Gallery And Poets/artists Collaborate On Exhibition Of Over 80 Artists

In February, 2017, Alia El-Bermani curated a huge show, titled "Sight Unseen," a collaboration between Poets/Artists magazine and Abend Gallery, Denver, CO. The work can be seen on Artsy.Net. The beautiful catalog, designed and published by Didi Menendez, is available here. I have two paintings in this show.

Portraits of the Emanuel Nine Received by Their Families

More than 200 guests from Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church attended the opening reception for the artists. Thank you to Principle Gallery Charleston, which will keep the exhibit up through June. The portraits will then be given to the families.

Director Frank Russen introducing the artists to the crowd. Catalogs, bottom left, can be purchased here

One of the Emanuel ministerial staff looking at Reverend Pinckney’s portrait

Tribute To The Emanuel Nine- A Portrait Project

Principle Gallery in Charleston, South Carolina, is hosting an exhibition of portraits of the nine Emanuel AME Church victims for their families and friends. The exhibition is scheduled for May 29th, 2016, and will commemorate the one-year anniversary of the attack. There will be a private presentation of the portraits, gifts to the families, from 5-6 pm, followed by a reception open to the public from 6-8 pm. The paintings will remain on display through June.

I am honored to have painted state senator and Emanuel’s pastor, The Honorable Reverend Clementa Pinckney, and to have worked with the following wonderful artists: Lauren Tilden, who initiated the project and painted Susie Jackson; Stephanie Deshpande, who painted Mrs. Myra Thompson; 
Mario Robinson, who painted Cynthia Graham Hurd; 
Terry Strickland -Tywanza Sanders; 
Ricky Mujica - Reverend Sharonda Ann Coleman-Singleton; 
Judy Takacs - Reverend Dr. Daniel Simmons Sr.; 
Paul McCormack - Ethel Lee Lance; and 
Gregory Mortenson -Reverend DePayne Middleton Doctor.

More information can be found on the project’s website: and we will post images of the paintings after the May 29 reception. There will be a link to the catalog which will be available for purchase after May 29. See my FB page for updates.

Solo show opening August 26, 2015, Chicago

I have been invited to exhibit new portraits at the Carlson Tower Gallery, North Park University.

The show opens August 26 and closes with a reception for the artist and gallery talk on Friday, September 18, 4:30-6:30 PM

Gallery Hours are Monday-Friday 9AM-9PM
North Park University
3225 Foster Avenue, Box 21
Chicago, Illinois 60625

Prize juror for Art of the State, 2015

I was privileged to be the prize juror for Art of the State, the annual juried exhibit for Pennsylvania artists at the State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg. The show, which includes 127 pieces, opened June 28 and runs through September 13.

Another late fall semester in Orvieto, Italy

In October/November, 2015, I will again be teaching a portrait-painting course for Gordon College's art intensive program abroad, in Orvieto, Italy. This will be the 7th time I have been invited to this beautiful city to teach with terrific faculty and students from all over the globe. Read more:

Inaugural Exhibition of the Pennsylvania Arts at the State Museum of Pennsylvania

I am very pleased to be invited to participate in a historic exhibition in honor of the Inauguration of Pennsylvania's 47th Governor, Tom Wolf, and First Lady Frances Wolf, which opens on January 20, 2015, at the State Museum of Pennsylvania. The exhibit includes historic works from the collections of Pennsylvania's great museums from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia, honoring the artistic legacy of the state. It also includes many works from arts organizations throughout the state. Rob Evans, an artist whose work I admire very much, and Philip Horn of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, co-chaired the Exhibition Committee.

Principle Gallery, Charleston, SC, Opens “WPW 2014” September 5, 2014

This is a juried show at the new gallery with many new artists under the Women Painting Women name. I have one painting in the show. Congratulations are in order for Michele Ward, owner. Catalog available with images of the complete show and artist statements. Preview is available here

Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA, Opens “Pay It Forward” September 5, 2014

I will be exhibiting two paintings in this show which has one painting of a woman and one of another subject matter from each artist. Catalog available with images from the show. Preview is available here.

Two Awards Received at Art of the State 2014

I was honored to receive the purchase award in the annual juried show,"Art of the State," for my drawing, "Elle." It will now be part of the permanent collection at the State Museum of Pennsylvania. The drawing also received First Prize in Works on Paper. See "Elle", 2013, graphite on paper, 19 x 13 1/4

Please see below for details of the show.

Art Of The State June 22-September 14, 2014

I will have one painting and one drawing in the 47th Annual Art of the State juried exhibition at the Pennsylvania State Museum, Harrisburg. This year one hundred twenty two works were selected from nearly eighteen hundred entries. The show opens with a public reception Saturday, June 21, 7-9 PM and will be featured for the Annual Harrisburg Gallery Walk in September. All are invited.

Recent Gallery Affiliation

I am pleased to announce that my work is now represented by Seraphin Gallery, 1108 Pine Street, Philadelphia, PA. Gallery II will feature a collection of my work beginning April 25.

Principle Gallery to Host a Third Annual WPW Show

I will be participating in a Women Painting Women show at Principle Gallery in September 2014. This one is titled, "Pay if Forward." We will each show at least two paintings, one of a woman and one of some other subject. More details will follow.

Principle has also acquired a second gallery in Charleston which will host a WPW exhibit to run concurrently with "Pay if Forward" in Alexandria.

Interview Posted on National Portrait Gallery blog

I am honored to be included on The National Portrait Gallery's blog, Face2Face: Portrait of an Artist, which consists of interviews with artists from the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition (closing Feb 23). Bo Bartlett, Leslie Adams, Beverly McIver, Ray diCapua, David Jon Kassan, the late Martha Mayer Erlebacher (a video), Edgar Jerrins, Kumi Yamashita, first prize winner Bo Gehring, and many more offer insight into their sources for ideas and the story of their work.

Read here:

Outwin-Boochever Portrait Competition Closing

The Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, which has been on view at the National Portrait Gallery in D.C. for 11 months, will be closing February 23. It is an unusual and provocative show of wonderful portraits and I am honored that my painting "Legacy: Portrait of Val" is there. I hope all who have been interested in seeing it get a chance to do so this month.

Principle Gallery to host women painting women

I will be showing three paintings in an exhibit titled "Women Painting Women: (R)evolution" at Principle Gallery in Alexandria, Virginia. Each of the 14 artists who showed in 2012 together were asked to invite one female artist who works with women as subject matter. The gallery has also invited 4 artists from their own roster, making it a large group show of 32 painters.

September 20th- October 18th, 2013
Opening Reception: 6:30 pm- 9pm, September 20th, 2013

Principle Gallery
208 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

Six other WPW shows are scheduled to be hosted in the fall of 2013:

  • Haynes Gallery - Nashville, TN
  • MGallery - Charleston, SC
  • Richard J Demato Fine Art - Sag Harbor, NY
  • Art Exposure Gallery - Glasgow, Scotland UK
  • Townsend Atelier - Chattanooga, TN
  • Gallery U - Westfield, NJ

Please take a look at to learn more about the blog, our previous exhibitions as well as our "Call To Action" which asks other venues to host concurrent WPW events and exhibitions of their own in September and October of 2013.

The catalog of works in the show, and the artists' statements can be previewed and/or purchased here: WPW (R)evolution Catalog

The full press release including a list of participating artists can be seen here (.doc).

Finalist, Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, National Portrait Gallery

I am so happy to announce that my painting, "Legacy: Portrait of Val" is a finalist in the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition and will be included in the OBPC exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, in Washington D.C. The show runs a full 11 months, March 23, 2013 - February 23, 2014. Please come and enjoy this magnificent museum and, to judge from the 2006 and 2009 interations of this competition, it will be very audience-friendly and full of amazingly competent and sympathetic work.

The museum's permanent collection is full of wonderful art about notable personages throughout the history of our country. I am honored to have my work hang in the National Portrait Gallery among all the wonderful and historical images that I love and learn from.

An 80-page publication illustrating each of the 48 finalists’ works will be available in the museum store Saturday, March 23. It includes an essay by Mary Sheriff, the W.R. Kenan, Jr. distinguished Professor of Art History at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Tour the exhibition, listen to interviews, get inside information, and vote for your favorite portrait for the People's Choice Award with the OBPC mobile app! Available for iOS and Android. Download the app at

Read about the rules, the process, and the jury for this year's competition.

Here is the press release for the exhibit, including a list of all the finalists.

Portrait of an Artist Blog, National Portrait Gallery 2013-2014

I have been invited to participate in the National Portrait Gallery's Portrait of an Artist 2013 program which will be on their website during the exhibition. The purpose is to provide a place for the public to find out more about the contestants and their work. Take a look at the archived 2009 website if you would like to get an idea of what the blog is all about.

Portrait Painting in Orvieto, Italy

I will be teaching a course in portrait painting in the beautiful city of Orvieto, Italy, October 29 through November 24. The course is part of an art-intensive semester abroad through Gordon College. I'll post some pictures on Facebook. Please feel free to friend me at Catherine Prescott.

ARC International Salon Finalist, 2011-2012

My painting "Northern Interior" is a finalist in the Art Renewal Center International Salon, 2012.

The prize winners and finalists in the figurative category can be seen here.

The finalists' work is to be published in a catalog due out soon. If you are interested you can order one at the ARC site.

CIVA SEEN Journal "Face to Face": An Exploration of the Portrait

This spring Crystal Downing, Distinguished Professor in English and Film Studies at Messiah College, wrote a very nice article about me and my work which was published in CIVA Seen, XII:1 2012 "Face to Face" issue, P. 2. The article is called "Catherine Prescott: Behind the Face".

In the same issue I reviewed Robert A. Sobieszek's terrific book, Ghost in the Shell: Photography and the Human Soul, 1850-2000, about a very influential exhibit of the same name at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, published by the museum and MIT press, 1999. I highly recommend it for anyone working in art about human expression, psychology, narrative, emotional content, and yes, just plain humanness.

If you would like to get a copy of the Journal, it is free for CIVA members and available for purchase here

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