Cathy McClure, is an American artist and anti-disciplinarian. She received her BFA from Texas Tech University in Lubbock in 1995 then moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington, where she received her MFA in 1997. That same year, she received the Seattle Art Museum’s 19th Annual Betty Bowen Memorial Award. McClure has received multiple residencies, grants, and awards including Le Quai Fete in Paris, an Artist Trust Fellowship and more recently, she was a 2018 Artist In Residence at Pilchuck Glass School. She was also awarded an AIR at the Vashon Residency in 2021. Her work is part of several public and private collections, including The Pace Collection in Dallas, the White House permanent collection and the Bard Collection in New York. She has had solo shows at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, the Nassau County Museum in New York and the Bellevue Arts Museum in Washington state. She has exhibited widely, including the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, the Milton Hershey School Museum in Hershey Pennsylvania, the Lousise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts in Texas and Art Miami Basel. McClure is represented by Edelman Arts and Moss in New York, New York and Connecticut, respectively. Currently, she is the Artist Consultant for the 4 block expansion of the Seattle Convention Center in downtown Seattle. In addition to helping develop the art program for the SCC Summit, she has recently completed a large scale public artwork for the new building, which opened in January of 2023.
1997 MFA University of Washington, Seattle, WA
1995 BFA Texas Tech University, Cum Laude, Lubbock, TX
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2021 - 2022 Cathy McClure: Re-Imagineering, School of Art Studio + Folio Gallery
2020 Cathy McClure - ReImagineer, Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, Lubbock, TX
2017-2018 Dispossessed, Center for Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA
2014-2015 Revisionism, Method Gallery, Seattle, WA
2013 MICKEY HARDWIRED, Moss Bureau, New York, NY
2012 Midway, Moss Bureau, New York, NY
Edelman Arts, New York, NY
Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA
2010-2011 Curiosities, Traffic Art Space, New York, NY
2009-2010 Menagerie, Nassau County Museum, Roslyn Harbor, NY
2009 Remains, Moss Gallery, New York, NY
2007 Menagerie, Neuhoff/Edelman Gallery, New York, NY
2005 A Raucous Look at the Persistence of Vision, MUSA, Seattle, WA
2003 Meet George Jetson, Bumbershoot Music and Arts festival, Seattle, WA
2001 Here I Am, Entertain Me! Commencement Art Gallery, Tacoma, WA
First Light, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA
1999 Team works, New Kinetic Sculpture, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
1999 Le Quai Fete, Les Frigos, Paris, FR
1998 Carnival of Life, Meyerson & Nowinski, Seattle, WA
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017-2018 Sabbath, Dorothy Saxe Invitational, Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA
2016 The Future is Now, Gallery One, Ellensburg, WA
2016 Electrique, The Hollows, Williamsburg, NY
2016 Giant Steps, King Street Station, Seattle, WA
2014 Pulse NY, Freight + Volume, New York, NY.
2013 Art Southampton, Edelman Arts, The Hamptons, NY
2012 MOSS: Dialogues Between Art & Design, Phillips de Pury & Company, New York, NY
2012 St. Sebastian, Art Miami, Edelman Arts, Miami, FL
2011 Arthur, Moss, New York, NY
Under a Full Moon, Moss, New York, NY
2010 Art Miami, Edelman Arts, Miami, FL
2009 Art Miami, Moss, Miami, FL
2008 The Toy Show, Hans Weiss Newspace Gallery, Manchester, CT
2005 People Doing Strange Things With Electricity ll Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA
Obsessions, Thread For Art, Seattle, WA
2005 Outside In, Bumbershoot Music and Arts festival, Seattle, WA
2004 Hindsight: Frozen Moments, Consolidated Works, Seattle, WA
2003 Speak and Spell, Pound Gallery, Seattle, WA
2003 The Last Judgment Project, Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival, Seattle, WA
Fashion is Art, Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival, Seattle, WA
2003 Coupling, CMA Gallery, Seattle, WA
Dorkbot, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA
Speak and Spell, SOIL Gallery, Seattle, WA
2002 First War of the New Millennium, SOIL Gallery, Seattle, WA
LAVA 2002: Seattle Contemporary Art, Noodleworks Gallery, Seattle, WA
2001-2002 Pop Mechanics, Milton Hershey Museum, Hershey, PA
Pop Mechanics, Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, PA
Fuseball, Consolidated Works, Seattle WA
Domesticity, Donut Shop 3, Portland, OR
2000 Pacific Northwest Annual, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA
Art and Technology-Media for the New Century, Archer Gallery, Clark College, Vancouver, WA
Donut Shop Two, Donut Shop, Portland, OR
Art & Technology: A Marriage for a New Millennium, Bush Barn Art Center, Salem, OR
1998 Bellevue Sculpture Exhibition, Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue, WA
Betty Bowen Award Twentieth Anniversary Exhibition, WSCC, Seattle, WA
Home Alive Benefit, Richard Hugo House, Seattle, WA
Cathy McClure: Reimagineer at LHUCA”, Glasstire, October 24, 2020.
Wynkoop, Gena. Artist of the Week: Cathy McClure, KOMO, Seattle Refined, March 23, 2019.
Zelman, Joule. Cathy McClure Dispossessed, Critic’s Pick, The Stranger, January 13, 2018.
Flock, T.S. Art in Focus: Cathy McClure’s “State of the Union” at CoCA, Vanguard, January 4, 2018.
Boutiette, Isabel. Cathy McClure dissects toys in Dispossessed, Seattle Met, November 11, 2017.
Roth, Cambria. “Is there Still Room for Artists in Seattle?”, Crosscut, January 13, 2016.
Smith, Bob. Child's Play: A New Metallic Look for Kid Toys at Sidney Gallery, June 4, 2015.
Reiner, Claire. “Cathy McClure at Method”, Vanguard, December, 2014.
Frohne, Lauren. 'Robotic Art Reveals Beauty Beneath Toys', Seattle Times, Dec 5, 2014.
Smith, LaVendrick. 'How Seattle Artist Cathy McClure Makes Metal Art', Seattle Times, Dec 5, 2014.
Hutson, Laura. Studio Visit, Cathy McClure, Nashville, Scene, March 26, 2013.
Wilson, Elizabeth. 'St. Sebastian 1530-2011' at Edelman Arts, Art News, April, 2012.
Clemans, Gayle. Cathy McClure's 'Midway' at BAM, Seattle Times, July 28, 2011
Matthews, Michael. Cathy McClure Reveals Installation at Bellevue Arts Museum, Patch, May 12, 2011.
Metcalf, Bruce. Remains: Cathy McClure, Metalsmith Magazine, Vol. 30, No. 3, Page 55. 2010
Vilades, Pilar. Now Showing / Stuffed Animals, Cuddly No More, New York Times, November 18, 2009
Kobasa, Stephen. Playing For Real-Reconsidering childhood things, Hartford Advocate, Feb 28, 2008
Baker, R.C. Best In Show – Cathy McClure Menagerie, Village Voice, November 20, 2007
Haden-Guest, Anthony. Affordable Art Bus is Always on Time, Financial Times, January 6/7, 2007
Haden-Guest, Anthony. Cathy McClure – Menagerie, solo show catalog, 2007
Hackett, Regina. In the Galleries, Seattle PI, February 2, 2006
Wagonfeld, Judy. Hindsight and Foresight at Play - Frozen Moments Evolve. Seattle PI, May 21, 2004
Graves, Jen. “The Arts:Fashion Is Electric, Individual, Fashion Is Art.” News Tribune, Aug 31, 2003
Visual Art Picks Frozen Moments. Seattle Weekly, June 9, 2004
Parvez, D. Fashion Statements, Seattle PI, August 29, 2003
Farr, Sheila. Exhibits Show a Fashion Sense You’ll Want to Devour, The Seattle Times, 2003
Sillman, Marcie. Dorkbot, The Beat, NPR, November, 2003
Fahey, Anna. The Impulse for First War of the New Millennium, Art Papers, September 2002
Farr, Sheila. In Words That Chill, in a Haunted Stare-the Impact of Sept. 11, Seattle Times, May 10, 2002
Hall, Emily. Pay Attention, Please. Artists Before the Eruption, The Stranger, May 30, 2002
Christopher, Brian M. Sci-Fi Art Exhibit Pushes Envelope, Intelligencer Journal, January 19, 2001
Lewis, Zachary. Art Museum’s Side Show Geared to Mechanical, Patriot News, January 21, 2001
Kelly, Sara. Perfect Collaboration, Tacoma Reporter, March 22, 2001
American Craft, Cathy McClure, April/May. 2001
Hall, Emily. Tinkerer’s Toy-Cathy McClure’s Nagging Animation Obsession, The Stranger, Aug 10, 2000
Row, D.K. The Rough Edges of High Art. The Oregonian, September, 2000
Kangas, Matthew. Installations Outshine Paintings in Museum’s Last Show, Seattle Times, Aug 11, 2000
Hackett, Regina. Art in Progress: BAM’s Pacific Northwest Annual, Seattle PI July 11, 2000
Fredrickson, Eric. Look at Me! Young and New in Bellevue, The Stranger, August 12, 2000
Maclay, Catherine. The Illusions of Zoetrope, Silicon Valley News, June 13, 1999
Bonetti, David. Solo Works Grab Attention at Yerba Buena Center, San Francisco Examiner, July 6, 1999
Kumi Yamashita, Cathy McClure, Bay Guardian, June 8, 1999
McClure Wins Bowen Award, Artweek, January, 1998
Updike, Robin. McClure’s Magic Circus, Intricate Installation Young Artist, Seattle Times, Mar 12, 1998
Fredrickson, Eric. Zoetroparific! The Stranger, March 13, 1998
Johnson, Lara. Cathy McClure’s Carnival of Life, The University Daily, February 23, 1998
Hackett, Regina. Values Dominate in Pioneer Square shows, Seattle Post Intelligencer, March 13, 1998
Updike, Robin. A Shadow Reality in trick of the Light. Artist Cathy McClure, Seattle Times, Nov 30,1997
CCS Bard Permanent Collection, Annondale-on-Hudson, NY
Asher and Michelle Edelman, New York, NY
Franklin Getchell and Murray Moss, Hamden, CT
Josh Rechnitz, New York, NY.
The Pace Collection, Dallas, TX
Barbara and Donald Tober, New York, NY
Guy and Nora Barron, West Bloomfield, MI
White House, Blue Room, permanent collection, Washington, DC
2023 Commissioned Public Artist, Seattle Convention Center, Seattle, WA
2021 Artist in Residence, Vashon Artist Residency, Vashon, WA
2020-2023 Public Artist Roster - Washington State Arts Commission, Olympia, WA
2020-2023 Public Artist Roster - The City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture's Public Art Artist Roster
2020 Guest Speaker, 2020 Texas Metals Symposium, Lubbock, TX
2018 Artist in Residence, Pilchuck School of Glass, Stanwood, WA
2017 Artist Consultant - Seattle Convention Center Summit Project
2015-2018 Public Artist Roster - Washington State Arts Commission, Olympia, WA
2015 Guest Speaker, 2015 Texas Metals Symposium, Lubbock, TX
2014 Artist Trust Fellowship, Seattle, WA
2012-2015 Public Artist Roster – Washington State Arts Commission, Olympia, WA
2010 Artist in Residence, Traffic, New York, NY
2009 Merit Award, Poncho, 2009 Invitational, Seattle, WA
2000 Best in Show, Pacific Northwest Annual, Bellevue Art Museum, WA
People’s Choice Award, Pacific Northwest Annual, Bellevue Art Museum, WA
1999 Artist in Residence, Les Frigos, Paris, France
1997 Betty Bowen Memorial Award, Grand Prize, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
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