Cat Crotchett

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 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 2 cats. 

Current and Recent Projects

12th International Encaustic Conference

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

UPCOMING WORKSHOP:  I will be teaching the workshop "All about the Line," on Wednesday June 6th at Truro Center for the Arts. This one day workshop is for beginning - advanced artists working with encaustic paint. It will demystify how to get a variety of types of lines in wax. We will focus on using all different types of techniques, materials and tools to make lines. Additive and subtractive processes will be used – from mark-making materials that can write on wax to tjanting tools, wax writers and batik tjaps. You’ll have ample opportunity to experiment with tools without having to buy them, and will leave with some new skills and a couple of new tools of your own.

Recent and Upcoming Exhibitions

CURRENT: One of my pieces will be represented at the 33rd Annual International exhibition in the Meadows Gallery at the University of Texas at Tyler. 730 pieces were submitted and 41 were accepted. The show runs from January 22 - March 9.

RECENT: I just spoke to the encaustic group FUSEDChicago on January 6th. The topic was "Idea Generation and Development."

RECENT: I just had a solo exhibition at the University of Michigan's Taubman Center in the north lobby. This show ran from September - December 2017.

RECENT: I participated in the invitational exhibition "Black Tie Optional" at the Peck Gallery at the beginning of June. The gallery's location is 142 Commercial Street; Provincetown, MA 02657. 

RECENT: My work was represented in the group exhibition "Encaustic 2017: Rebirth of an Ancient Medium," at the Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago, IL. The exhibition ran from July 21 - September 8, 2017. 

RECENT: I also had a piece in the juried "6th Annual Encaustic Exhibition," at Morpho Gallery in Chicago in August 2017. 

2017 Support for Faculty Scholars Award Project

I received this grant to fund the production of a large, multi-panel mixed media artwork. This work took me into new areas of mixed technology creative research combining Western and Eastern patterns – using encaustic paint, Indonesian batik tools and shaped panels. This piece was exhibited in the Annual Frostic School of Art Faculty Exhibition in fall 2017. 

Resume and Artist Statement

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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;