Where the Soul Lives: Paintings by Catherine Downing

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Where the Soul Lives
Paintings by Catherine Downing
Artist's Talk: Sat, Sep 20, 3:30pm
Reception: Sat, Sep 20, 4–5pm

Images have power. They can function as “living moments” calling us to a truer experience of our world. An image strong enough to take root in the psyche will shift us in some small or large way in that direction. I want images that make “our minds remember”. Images that will connect us back to ourselves.

My work has followed a journey of its own over the years and landscape has become my medium of connection with the world and is my primary means of exploration. My work is a continuing dialogue with land, ground, and place.

Ultimately my work is about experience; individual ways of perceiving and the internal shifts that occur as we look or dream or travel through the interior places of our lives. I hope that at least some of these pieces are present enough to become “living moments” for any that wants to engage.

Born in Berlin, Germany in 1950, Catherine Downing received her M.F.A. from the University of South Florida in 1978. The following year she began her teaching career at the University of Central Florida and is currently a professor of drawing and painting at Utah Valley University. She has lived mainly in Florida where she was educated, Olean, NY, where she taught at Jamestown Community College and Orem, Utah, where she now resides. She is a professional artist who produces new work on a regular basis and has exhibited her work in many state and national shows. Downing has lectured in many parts of the country, received numerous awards and grants, and has been published in several catalogues and books.

I completed my artistic education at the University of Florida and South Florida with an M.F.A. in painting in 1978. While I lived in Florida I was hard-pressed to find any real connection with the land there, so I painted objects diligently all the way through school. I found that I was motivated by my feeling for and my relation to “things” in the real world. Florida light and color gave me my basic training. I moved to Western New York and “fell” into the darkness of the Buffalo climate. That was my “real’ formative work, and my emphasis shifted from color to value, objects to space, and painting to drawing. I loved the landscape there and began to draw and paint continually my relationship with the land. At this point exhibited regularly, at the Albright Knox Gallery, Houghton College, The Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Alfred University and other regional and national exhibits.

In 1996, I moved to Utah and at first struggled with the enormity of light and vastness of space here. My artistic identity seems to be tied to my relationship with the land. In 1999, I received a Utah Council of the Arts Fellowship Grant and in 2002 was invited to exhibit in two prestigious invitational exhibits in honor of the Olympics. My work also was chosen by Lowery Sims to be included in a group exhibit at the Millenium Art Center in Washington D.C. entitled “Deconstructed West”. At present, I am a professor of drawing and painting at Utah Valley University.

Location: Main Library, Gallery at Library Square

Contact Information: 801-524-8200