Cat Crotchett, Visual Artist

About me

My first, tangible validation for making art was when I was 3 years old. I loved watching Romper Room with the hostess Miss Lois. At the end of the show she always looked through her “magic mirror” at her viewers and asked them to send in drawings of specific things. I loved doing this! My older sisters would help me mail the drawings and Miss Lois would send me postcards of her on the set of Romper Room. I still have these images today. This experience got me making making art and I never stopped. As an undergraduate at the University of Illinois, I studied Art History with a career in Museology in mind – then I took a painting class. The result was a double major and subsequent graduate work at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. I’ve been a professional artist for over 30 years and still find new things to learn. I live and work in Kalamazoo, MI with my husband, son, 2 border collies and cat. 

Current and Recent Projects

12th International Encaustic Conference

PRESENTATION: I gave a talk on "Inspiration" in June 2018 at the conference in Provincetown, MA. This talk focused on the individual ways different artists get inspired to produce specific types of art work.

WORKSHOP:  I taught "All about the Line," on  June 6th at Truro Center for the Arts. This one day workshop was for beginning - advanced artists working with encaustic paint. It demystified how to get a variety of types of lines in wax. Focus was on using all different types of techniques, materials and tools to make lines – tjanting tools, electric wax writers, wax styluses, metal leaf, ArtGraf carbon, Stabilo Woody crayons, stencils and batik tjaps. 

Recent and Upcoming Exhibitions

RECENT: I just finished a 3-week residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Amherst, VA.

RECENT: I  had a piece in the juried "7th Annual Encaustic Exhibition," at Morpho Gallery in Chicago in August.

RECENT: I was invited to participate in the exhibition "The Blues" at the Peck Gallery in Provincetown, MA at the beginning of June 2018.

RECENT: In March I had work in the FUSEDChicago group exhibition, "Bijou at the Brickton," at the Brickton Art Center in Park Ridge IL. 

RECENT: One of my pieces was included in the 33rd Annual International exhibition at the Meadows Gallery at the University of Texas at Tyler. 730 pieces were submitted and 41 were accepted. 

2018 Faculty Research and Creative Activities Award

I received this grant to experiment with different layering processes for patterns from sewing. batik and encaustic painting. The results of this work will be exhibited at the Rose Netzorg-Kerr Gallery in the Richmond Center for Visual Art at Western Michigan University in fall 2019.

Resume and Artist Statement

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As an artist, I enjoy working in downtown Kalamazoo. Come and see my paintings and other artwork. My studio is open by appointment and for some of the local Art Hops (5:00 - 9:00 the first Friday of the month)

Cat Crotchett

326 W. Kalamazoo Ave., Suite 206, Kalamazoo, MI 49007, US

(269) 352-9560;