Catherine Forster

Catherine Forster

Crystal lake, United States

About Catherine Forster

Born in Tacoma, WA. USA, now living and working in Chicago. Catherine Forster is a filmmaker, artist, curator and educator based in the Chicago area. She received an M.F.A from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her artwork has been shown in exhibitions at the Carnegie Art Museum, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Chicago, South Bend Regional Art Museum, Flint Institute of Art, Orange County Contemporary Art Center, Exit Art (NY), Hyde Park Art Center Chicago, and the Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius, Lithuania, to name a few. Films by Forster have been screened at the Sao Paul International Short Film Festival, Echo Park Film Center, Magmart Film Festival Casoria International Contemporary Art Museum (Italy), Directors Lounge (Berlin), and San Diego International Women Film Festival. Her artwork explores themes of identity, social development, and the impact of mediation on relationships and the environment. Forster is also the founder and director of a non-profit nomadic new media art space, the LiveBox Gallery.

Forster was trained as a painter, receiving her MFA in 2002 from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago; since then she has been immersed in media arts and lense based work. Forster finds the camera eye a singular observational tool, exposing missed moments and hidden narratives.


School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) MFA Studio Painting and Drawing, 2002
London Business School (United Kingdom) Masters in Business Administration, 1987
University of Washington (Seattle, WA)
BSC Microbiology, BSC Medical Technology


ARTOTEQUE Global Art Annual Exhibition, London 2005/6
Atlantic Center for the Arts Residency, Master Artist Graciela Sacco, 2005
Spatial Arts laboratory ROJARUKA Residency, Latvia 2005
SAIC Fellowship 2002
SAIC Teaching Assistantship Awards for Painting & Drawing and Photography, 2002
Nippon Steel U.S.A. Award, 2000 and 1999

Exhibitions and Screenings

Broadcasts and Festivals
Liverpool Biennial, The Projection Gallery, Golden Oldies, United Kingdom, 2006
San Diego International Women Film Festival, The Other Parent, 2006
Magmart Film Festival, Casoria International Contemporary Art Museum, Italy, 2006
Portsmouth Film Festival, Tiny Bubbles, Portsmouth, United Kingdom, 2006
Damn Short Film Festival, Ready, Boulder, NV, 2006
Culture TV, The Other Parent, Golden Oldies, 2006
DigiFest Italy, by invitation: The Other Parent, 2006, featured artist, Humpty Dumpty, 2006, featured artist, Extended Family Series, 2006
Contemporary Art Centre, Lithuanian Commercial TV, The Extended Family, Vilnius. Lithuania, 2005

Art on Armitage, Roja Portraits, solo show, Chicago
CrossMediale touring in Europe, TBA, sponsored by Gosia Koscietak Gallery

Scope Miami Art Fair, Best of The Best video program, curated by Lee Walls and Raphaele Shirley, opening night celebrations, Humpty Dumpty, Miami
Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, New Media, Santa Ana, CA
Contemporary Art Center, Video Cocktail, The Babysitter, North Adams, MA
Exit Art, The Drop, 52,000 Gallons, New York City
Kasia Kay Art Projects Gallery, Vision 11, Chicago
Third Floor Arts Centre, Tiny Bubbles, Portsmouth, United Kingdom, 2006
Gosia Koscietak Gallery, "CrossMediale", Rachaels Makeover, Chicago
Mindfield Experiments, Juxtaposition Arena, Tiny Bubbles, Chicago
Evanston Alternative, Open House Project, Evanston, IL
BRIDGE Art Fair, Miami
NOVA Art Fair, Chicago

Atlantic Center for the Arts, "The Makeover" and "Shopping Bag" installations, New Smyma Beach, Florida
"On Foot" video screening outdoors Roja, "Roja Toes" poster , posted in shops, government buildings, parks, and other public places in Roja, Latvia
Contemporary Art Center, "Extended Family", commercial broadcast, Lithuania TV

Hyde Park Art Center, screening The Date, Chicago
National Louis Univ., screening The Extended Family, Chicago
Klein Art Works, Tart, Chicago

The POND and Klein Art Works Gallery, Time, Chicago
Klein Art Works Gallery, Full Frontal, Chicago
Artists Space, Night of 100 Drawings, New York

SAIC MFA Thesis Show
Art Coalition of Chicago
Embassy Suites, Chicago
Nippon Steel. U.S.A., Chicago
Ceres Gallery, NYC
Phoenix Gallery, NYC
Foundation of Arts and Sciences, NJ

1999 Nippon Steel U.S.A., Chicago
1998 Woman Made Gallery Chicago
1997 Woodstock Art Council

2006 "Golden Oldies" series
- "Tiny Bubbles", 2:42 min loop
- "Under the Boardwalk, 2:38 min loop
- "Spinning Wheel", 4:07 min loop
2006 "Play Date", 5:03 min
2005 "The Makeover", 5 min, 3 screen loop
2005 "READY", 2 min
2005 "On Foot", 10:40 min
2005 "My Favorite Rhymes", 5 min
2005 Humpty Dumpty, 1:06 min
2004 "The Date", 5 min
2004 "Peru Diary", 3:30 min
2004 "The Babysitter", 5 min
2004 "The Mentor", 2 min looped
2004 "The Other Parent", 3 min looped


ARTINFO, Miami Basel review, Robert Ayers, 2006
New City, by Michael Wrokman, editor of bridge magazine, review of "Rachael's Makeover", exhibition CrossMediale, Gosia Koscieklak Gallery, Chicago, 2006
New York Arts Magazine, invitational coverage, July/August, 2006
School of the Art Institute of Chicago employed "CREEP" image for marketing purposes, including publication in Time Out Chicago, distribution of brochures and postcards, 2005


Klein Art Works, Chicago, 2003-2005
(Paul Klein closed the gallery in 2005 to found The Chicago Art Foundation)

Curatorial Projects

Notions of Wilderness, Kasia Kay Art Projects, Chicago, 2007
video round-robin, Three Walls, Chicago, 2007
Space, Place and Interface, LiveBox Gallery at Mindfield, Chicago, 2006
Forming Motion, with Kim Collmer, The Directors Lounge, Berlin, 2006


Weisman Art foundation
Madeleine Conway

Work Experience

LiveBox Gallery, Owner and Director, Chicago 2006
Marwen, Visiting Lecturer/Faculty 200


Future Shows: Solo Exhibitions Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, "They call me theirs", site-specific multi-media installation, Chicago, 2012, "Relish the Drift" multi-media exhibition, Merwin Gallery Illinois Wesleyan University, 2011, "By the Dripping Tree", The Rymer Gallery Nashville TN, 2011, LAL, "They call me theirs", site specific multi-media installation, Lexington, KY, 2009The Rymer Gallery, Now Fro The Painter, Nashville, TN, 2009Flint Institute of Art, Video Gallery, The Other Parent, Flint, MI, 2009The Rymer Gallery, They call me theirs, Nashville, TN, 2008Hyde Park Art Center, They call me theirs, Chicago, 2008Kasia Kay Art Projects, Preserves, Chicago, 2008Reagans Children, alternative opera, video for 5 Acts,Chicago, 2008Echo Park Film Center, installation of video collection (2003-2007), Los Angeles, 2008Art on Armitage, Roja Portraits, Chicago, 2007Group Exhibitions and Screenings2009X-Initiative, Dome Colony X in the San Gabriels, New YorkEchotrope New Media Arts Festival, Now for the Painter, OmahaSimultan Media Arts Festival, Duets, Timisoara, RomaniaArtGrease on Buffalo Public Broadcasting TV, " actions smack of the soil", Buffalo, NYAntena, (re)load: new media art, ChicagoThe Rymer Gallery, Murmur, Nashville, TN