Catherine has received awards in The Representational Art Conference,The Portrait Society of America, the State Museum of Pennsylvania, The Salmagundi Club and ten Best in Show or First Prizes in juried exhibits.
Catherine Prescott was born in Washington D.C. and raised in Wisconsin. Her work consists primarily of portraits for exhibitions, competitions, and for both public and private commissions. In 2019 she won the Cerulean award at TRAC and presented a paper there on current representational painting. She also paints still lifes and landscapes. She has twice exhibited a portrait in the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition at the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. In 2018 she completed the official portrait of Governor Tom Corbett for the State Capitol and her work was featured with four works in a large, narrative portrait exhibition at the Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg. In 2017 she exhibited with Women Painting Women in their first group traveling show, "In Earnest" curated by Alia El-Bermani. Other 2017 shows include “Sight Unseen,” curated by Alia El-Bermani, a collaboration between Abend Gallery and Poets/Artists magazine, and“Honoring the Legacy of David Park,” curated by John Seed and held at Santa Clara University. In 2016, she was one of nine painters asked by Principle Gallery, Charleston, to exhibit portraits of the nine parishioners who were killed at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston in June 2015. The artists then gave the portraits to the victims’ families.
She was one of ten women invited to participate in “Inspiring Figures” at the Butler Institute of American Art. Her work has been shown at the Brauer Museum of Art, the Susquehanna Museum of Art, and the Phillips Museum of Art, and in many galleries since 1974. Her most recent one-person shows were at North Park University in Chicago and Hersh Gallery at the Long Island Academy of Fine art. Her association with Women Painting Women began with their first exhibition at Robert Lange, Charleston, in 2010, and has continued with group shows at Principle Gallery in Alexandria and Charleston. Her work has been featured in The Huffington Post, Image Journal, CIVA Seen, American Arts Quarterly, The Art of The Portrait, American Art Collector and The Patriot News
Prescott taught painting and drawing at Messiah College for 20 years, and now teaches intermittently in Gordon College’s Orvieto, Italy, program. She has taught workshops at Andreeva Portrait Academy and Image Summer Institute. Public collections include The State Capitol of Pennsylvania, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Messiah College, Grantham, PA, and Fulton Bank in Lancaster, PA. Catherine and her husband live and work in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, and have two grown daughters.