Catherine Forster

Born Tacoma, WA
Lives and works in North Chicago, IL


2013 Museum of Contemporary Art, NY, Creating With Sound, Video and Time
2002 School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), MFA Studio Painting and Drawing,
1987 London Business School (United Kingdom), Masters in Business Administration
1977 University of Washington (Seattle, WA), BSC Microbiology, BSC Medical Technology

Selective Solo Exhibitions

2017 Pink & Blue, Center on Halsted, Chicago, IL
2015 ME NOT, the Rymer Gallery, Nashville, TN
2013 cactus,flower,f%#k-off,love,roses, SUBTERRANEAN, (Chicago Artist Month feature)
2012 They call me theirs, The Peggy Notebaert Museum, Chicago, IL
2011 By the Dripping Tree, The Rymer Gallery, Nashville, TN
2011 Relish the Drift, The Merwin Gallery Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL
2009 No Exit, Northwestern University and Chicago Opera Vanguard, Evanston, IL
2009 They call me theirs, LAL Art Center, Lexington, KY
2009 Now For The Painter, The Rymer Gallery,Nashville, TN
2009 The Other Parent, Flint Institute of Art, Flint, MI
2008 They call me theirs, The Rymer Gallery,Nashville, TN
2008 They call me theirs, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
2008 Preserves, Kasia Kay Art Projects, Chicago, IL
2008 Reagan’s Children, Chicago Opera Vangaurd,Chicago, IL
2008 Catherine Forster, Echo Park Film Center, Los Angeles, CA
2007 Roja Portraits, Art on Armitage, Chicago, IL

Selective Group Exhibitions

2017 45th International, Brownsville Museum of Fine Art, TX
2016 29th Annual Northern National, Nicolet College, Rhinelander, WI
2016 Now for the Painter, Live video performance, Experiments In Cinema Fest, Albuquerque, NM
2015 "Gender Perceptions," Central Michigan University Gallery, Mt. Pleasant, MI
2015 "POND," Currents New Media Festival Santa Fe, Warehouse 1-10, Magdalena, NM
2014 "Home", Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, CA
2014 "Home", Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association (VAALA), Santa Anna, CA
2014 The First 100, the Rymer Gallery, Nashville, TN
2014 NMC10-WE SHOP, Brick City Gallery, Missouri State University, Springfield, MO
2013 Flower Girl, Directors Lounge, Berlin, Germany
2013 Abstract Currents, MOMA Museum of Contemporary Art, NY
2012 Warrenville Inspired, Warrenville Historical Museum, Warrenville, IL
2011 By the Dripping Tree, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids. MI
2011 HouseProyecto, Freewaves, Los Angeles, CA
2010 Nature Signs, Community Park Sculpture Garden, Louisville, CO
2010 Eye-Kea Project, Basement - Project Space, Cork, Ireland
2009 Dome Colony X, X-Initiative, New York, NY
2009 (re)load: new media art, Antena, Chicago, IL
2008 Photos and Phantasy, Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, CA
2008 Golden Oldies, KY7 Biennial, Lexington, KY
2008 Kitties and Babies, Spark Contemporary Art Space, Syracuse, NY
2007 Biennial 24, South Bend Regional Museum of Art, South Bend, IN
2007 Intelligent Design, Kasia Kay Art Projects, Chicago, IL
2007 Alpan Intl, Alpan Gallery, Long Island, NY
2007 2X2, Schmack Gallery, Umeå, Sweden
2006 New Media, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, CA
2006 Video Cocktail, Contemporary Art Center, North Adams, MA
2006 The Drop, Exit Art, New York, NY
2006 Vision 11, Kasia Kay Art Projects Gallery, Chicago, IL
2006 Tiny Bubbles, Third Floor Arts Centre, Portsmouth, United Kingdom
2006 CrossMediale, Gosia Koscietak Gallery, Chicago, IL
2005 The Makeover, Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL
2005 The Other Parent, Contemporary Art Centre, CACTV, Vilnius. Lithuania
2005 Roja Portraits, Art Laboratory AIZ, Roja, Latvia
2004 Tart, Klein Art Works, Chicago, IL
2003 Time, Klein Art Works with The POND, Chicago, IL
2003 Full Frontal, Klein Art Works, Chicago, IL

Selective Film Festivals and Screenings

2017 Under The Boardwalk, Experiments In Cinema, Albuquerque, NM
2015 Flower Girl, Experiments in Cinema v10.T36, Univ of NM, Albuquerque, NM
2014 WE SHOP, Sleeth Gallery, West Virginia Wesleyan College
2014 WE SHOP, lewellyn Gallery, Alfred State College, NY
2014 WE SHOP, Cassidy Theatre, Chicago Cultural Center
2013 Flower Girl, Great Lakes International Film Festival, Erie, PA
2012 Now for the Painter, SnapFilm Festival, Krakow, Poland, (1st Prize – Experimental Film)
2012 Drift, Ascona Film Festival, Ascona Switzerland
2011 HouseProyecto, East Los Angeles Film Festival, LA, CA
2011 Drift, Chicago Intl REEL Short Film Festival, Chicago, IL
2011 Autumn Afternoon, One Minute Film Festival Brazil, Critic’s Choice, Brazil (200 + cities)
2011 Swallow, The Other Venice Film Festival, Venice CA
2009 Now for the Painter, Echotrope New Media Arts Festival, Omaha, NE
2009 Duets, Simultan Media Arts Festival, Timisoara, Romania
2009 actions smack of the soil, Buffalo Public Broadcasting TV, Buffalo, NY
2008 We Shop, São Paulo International Short Film Festival, Sao Paulo, Brazil
2008 Intelligent Design, San Diego Women Film Festival, San Diego, CA
2008 We Shop, Directors Lounge, Berlin, Germany
2007 …my actions smack of the soil, Berkeley Arts Center, Chicago, IL
2006 Best of The Best, Scope Miami Art Fair, Miami, FL
2006 Golden Oldies, The Projection Gallery, Liverpool, England
2006 The Other Parent, San Diego International Women Film Festival, CA
2006 The Other Parent, Magmart Festival, Casoria Intl Contemporary Art Museum, Italy
2006 Tiny Bubbles, Portsmouth Film Festival, Portsmouth, United Kingdom
2006 Ready, Damn Short Film Festival, Boulder, NV
2004 The Date, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL


2014 Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: Feminist Art Base, Brooklyn Art Museum
2013 chaNorth Residency, Pine Plains, NY
2013 Indie Festival, Award of Merit, Experimental Film, La Jolla, CA
2012 SnapFilm Festival,1st Prize – Experimental Film, Krakow, Poland
2009 Mexico Intl. Film Festival, Golden Palm Award
2008 Illinois Art Council Grant, Chicago, IL
2007 Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Merit Scholarship
2005 Atlantic Center for the Arts Residency
2005 Spatial Arts Laboratory ROJARUKA Residency, Latvia
2002 SAIC Fellowship 2002
2000 and 1999 Nippon Steel U.S.A. Award

Curatorial Projects

2014 Barbecue, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
2013 Cabin of the Sublime – or not, Crystal Lake, IL
2011 Subtitles, Three Walls, Programs I-VII, Chicago, IL
2010 Flow, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
2009 Because The Night, Guggenheim Gallery, Chapman Univ., Orange, CA
2009 Bits & Pieces, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
2009 I want to make a video, Directors Lounge, Berlin, Germany
2007 Video Art and New Media Lounge, Around The Coyote Art Festival, Chicago, IL
2007 In Focus, Directors Lounge, Berlin, Germany
2007 Notions of Wilderness, Kasia Kay Art Projects, Chicago, IL
2007 Place in a Flat World, Three Walls, Chicago, IL
2006 Space, Place and Interface, Mindfield, Chicago, IL
2006 “MOD” 70s, Hejfina, Chicago, IL


The Rymer Gallery, Nashville, TN
Klein Art Works, Chicago, (gallery now closed)


New Museum of Contemporary Art, Rhizome New Media Artbase, NY
Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation
Shoes Or No Shoes Museum, Kruishoutem, Belgium
Madeleine Conway (Westport, CT)
Carlo Clerici (Brescia, Italy)
Jorge Alonso (Miami, FL)
Tom Wright (Fort Myers, FL)


2016 ME NOT, artist book, Flazman Library, School of Art Institute of Chicago
2015, A Rose is not a Rose, Alicia Eler, essay
2015, Gender, Greta Ginter, Central Michigan Life, CUM
2014 Radio Free, “We Shop” review
2014 Hyperallergic, Alicia Eler, “We Shop”, review
2011 WJRW Radio, Grand Rapids MI, By the Dripping Tree, interview
2010 Daily Camera, Boulder CO, John Aguilar, “Nature Signs”
2010 Colorado Daily, John Aguilar, “Nature Signs”,
2009 Nashville Scene, David Maddox, “They call me theirs” Nashville review
2008 The Tennessean, Bill Friskics-Warren, “They call me theirs” Nashville review
2008 NewCity, Sara McCool, “They call me theirs” HPAC review,
2008 Univercity of Chicago Magazine, Rose Schapiro, “They call me theirs” review
2008 Le Chicago Art Blog, “They call me theirs” review
2007 Time Out Chicago, “Intelligent Design’
2007 Art Style, “Nature in a Box”, by Anna Joelsdottir
2006 ARTINFO, Miami Basel review, Robert Ayers
2006 New City, by Michael Workman, "Rachael's Makeover" review
2006 New York Arts Magazine, July/August

Work Experience

LiveBox Gallery, Owner and Director, Chicago 2006 - Present
Directors Lounge Berlin Festival, Curator 2007 - Present
Around the Coyote, Curator 2007 - 2010
Univ of St Luis, Visiting lecturer. 2004, 2008
Marwen, Visiting Lecturer/Faculty 2006
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Adjunct Faculty 2004 - 2006
McKinsey & Company, Chicago/New York, McKinsey Fellow 1996 - 1998
Gemini Consulting, Chicago/London, Vice President 1991 - 1996
CMI, London/Paris, Managing Director and Partner 1988 - 1991

Prior to my career as an artist, I worked in the corporate arena, as a coach and advisor to senior executives. My clients were from numerous Fortune 500 companies in Europe, Asia and the USA. My area of expertise was in organizational effectiveness; this included advisory services to CEOs and management teams on leadership styles and management approaches in times of intense change.