My painting practice is about sensing what is trying to be expressed, and working with materials, visuals, and particularities of a site-specific moment, in order to honestly reflect that event and resulting insights back to a viewer.  

Rather than imposing or executing a pre-conceived idea, mine is an adaptable, flexible approach to creative, visual engagement which shows fluctuating states of mind, holds & considers alternative perspectives, and ideally reconciles diverse elements.

My work making drawings and paintings, as well as curating exhibitions, and teaching, is about bringing cohesion to chaos, making an idea recognizable, and finding its beauty in order to develop interest, convey meaning, provide a connection, a subtle, emotional experience. 

It is my experience that the articulation and awareness brought by examining issues can positively affect course participants, and can crack open up new ways of understanding.  Offering participants a voice can generate new hopes, by challenging acceptance of the status quo.

Art and self-expression counter conformism by fostering self-examination, leading to self-awareness, and self-reliance, leading to the courage to face oneself and one’s issues… leading in turn to the courage to stand up and take pride in one’s individuality, one’s difference.



Cate Whittemore           painting prison bars for a Legally Blonde Tour backdrop           2010            Scenic Art Studios    Cornwall, NY

Cate Whittemore 1982 Smithsonian Magazine cover article
Cate Whittemore 1982    Smithsonian Magazine                                                                                        cover article on The Minneapolis Children’s Theater

Cate Whittemore is an  American artist, teacher, and theatrical painter who has collaboratively created scenery for movies, television, and Broadway hits, including the currently running “The Book of Mormon”.  Realizing myriad set designs has made her fluent in many styles and techniques. Her work embodies both classical and contemporary technique, figurative and non-objective imagery, in which she finds metaphysical meaning.  “Painting can be a way to access one’s subtler self, transcending the intellect.   Exploring the instability and fluid logic of paint allows alternative information to flow.”

MFA / U of MN

BA /Connecticut College

Studio and Forum of Stage Design  NYC

Cate Whittemore / Golden Artist Educator 2016
Cate Whittemore  Golden Artist Educator  2016

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