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Catherine Christiano is an American artist known for her detailed representational works. She often works in series and by constructing compositions that combine several visual sources within one piece. Works may include multiple panels, mirrors, or painted still lifes juxtaposed with newspaper content reflecting contemporary concerns.

Born and raised in suburban New Jersey to first- and second- generation parents. Catherine’s path to studio art was unconventional. Early on, her analytical strengths led her to earn engineering and finance degrees. After work hours, while employed by organizations like GE and Deloitte, she developed her skills in artmaking which led her to the National Academy of Design School in NYC. Her teacher there, Dan Gheno, recommended the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts, a small school for the serious study of drawing, painting, sculpture, and art history, that had been established in the heart of the former American Impressionist colony. Catherine spent several years at the Lyme Academy intensely working from the human figure and completed a BFA in 2001. Catherine lives and works in Old Lyme, Connecticut.

Catherine designed the seal for the Town of Old Lyme and illustrated the memoir Poverty Island, published by the Old Lyme Historical Society. Her work has also been published in American Artist Drawing, on the cover of JAMA, The Journal of the American Medical Association, and on the cover of Trusteeship, a journal of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges.

Catherine exhibits extensively, primarily in the Northeast. Her work has been included in exhibitions at a number of regional museums and university galleries, including the New Britain Museum of American Art. She has also exhibited with George Billis Gallery in New York City and Los Angeles, and from 2013 – 2019 was an active member of the itinerant cooperative group Gallery One. In 2022 she had her first solo museum exhibition at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London, CT.

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