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.

Principle Gallery to Host a Third Annual WPW Show, September, 2014

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, 2014

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:

Principle Gallery to host women painting women, Sept. - Oct. 2013

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).

Outwin-Boochever Portrait Competition Closing, February 23, 2014

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.

Finalist, Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, National Portrait Gallery,March 23, 2013 - February 23, 2014

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 Painting in Orvieto, Italy, 2012

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.

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

Hersh Fine Art Interior, Exterior: Paintings by Catherine Prescott

I am pleased to announce that I will have a one-person exhibit at Hersh Fine Art in Glen Cove, Long Island from June 8 to July 29, 2012.  

The opening reception will be Friday, June 15, 6-8 PM.
Hersh Fine Art will now represent my work as well.

View the ad for my show (Please note: the date of the artist's reception has been changed to Friday June 15) in the June issue of American Art Collector, available at Barnes and Noble and other book stores.   In that same issue there will be a short editorial with more images of my work.

Workshop at LIAFA

I will be teaching a three-day portrait-painting workshop at LIAFA, (Long Island Academy of Fine Art) June 22-24.  You can look up the details at or contact  LIAFA shares a space with Hersh Fine Art in Glen Cove, NY, so the workshop will include discussions in the gallery.

Workshops at Mechanicsburg Art Center

Mechanicsburg Art Center School and Galleries

I will be teaching three all-day portrait-painting workshops:

July 21, 9 Am - 3:30 PM

July 28, 9 AM - 3:30 PM

August 11, 9 AM - 3:30 PM

These workshops will have similar goals but expand on the three I taught last winter.  We will work with models, but the second pose will be two days long.  Check with the art center, information below, for what size canvases to bring. 

Please email me with questions,, or a brochure including the class schedule, a materials list, and prices. You can also call the director of the art center at 717-697-2072.

Acceptance into Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2012

My painting The History of Gold   has been accepted in the Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2012 exhibit held at the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg. You are invited to the gala opening reception which will be held on Saturday June 16 and the show will the featured event at the State Museum duringHarrisburg's Annual Gallery Walk on September 9th.  The exhibit closes September 9.

Women Painting Women

I am affiliated with Women Painting Women ( and Fifty of us exhibited together at Robert Lange Studios in Charleston, S.C in the fall of 2010. Twelve of us then spent a week together on Sullivan's Island just off the coast of Charleston. That group, now 13, will be exhibiting together in Alexandria, VA at the Principle Gallery in April 2012. All of us will be showing portraits, landscapes and still lifes that come out of our shared experience painting together that week. One of the women, Katherine Stone, is the subject of my painting "Northern Interior." You can see her paintings at

Principle Gallery Exhibit Opening April 13, 2010

      Our show, "The Expedition and Beyond," will open at Principle Gallery in Alexandria, VA, with the opening reception April 13, from 6:30 - 9 PM.  All are welcome!

Below, you can view a short promotional video about our group and the exhibit. The catalog for the show, designed and published by Matter Deep Publishing, is available for purchase for $19 plus shipping and contains reproductions of all paintings in the exhibit plus images of the WPW original expedition in the fall of 2010.



My Article Published in Image Journal 2009

     My article on contemporary portraits which is part of a symposium on the state of painting is in Image Journal's 20th Anniversary Issue, #60. The journal is carried by Borders, Barnes and Noble, etc. or, if you are interested and don't see it at your bookstore, it can be purchased online here. Any comments would be most welcome.