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Cat Birk (b. 1994) is a painter and researcher currently based in Madison, WI. Their interdisciplinary practice brings transgender studies, queer theory, and critical theory into the expanded field of painting.
 





CV


Born 1994, Pontiac, MI
Lives and works in Madison, WI


Education
2024              MFA (pending), University of Wisconsin – Madison, Madison, WI (expected Spring 2024)

2016              BA magna cum laude, Studio Art, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC
                       BA magna cum laude, Art History, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC


Solo Exhibitions
2024                My mother is a horse., Chazen Museum of Art, Madison, WI (Forthcoming Spring/Summer)

2023                the rehearsal, Gallery 7, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Madison, WI


Group Exhibitions
2023                TMA Contemporary, Trout Museum of Art, Appleton, WI (Jurors: Frank Juarez, Riley Niemack, Christina Turner)

2022                Lost in the Supermarket, Backspace Gallery, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Madison, WI
                         Microdosing Madness, Art Lofts Gallery, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Madison, WI
                         You think you know, but you have no idea, Art Lofts Gallery, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Madison, WI

2021                Pick Three Words, Backspace Gallery, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Madison, WI
                        Small Things Considered, Backspace Gallery, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Madison, WI

2020                Frontyard, Backyard, Street, Redux Contemporary Art Center, Charleston, SC (Curator: Susan Gregory)
                        A Study of Humans and Place, GHOST Art Project, Omaha, NE (online, Curator: Ian Tredway)

2017                Young Contemporaries, Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Charleston, SC (Juror: Josephine Halvorson)


Professional Experience
2023-24         Project Assistant, Derrick Buisch, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI (digital fabrication, preparation of painting surfaces
                         and materials, Fall 2023-)
                         Instructor, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Madison, WI (Introduction to Art, Fall 2023-Spring 24)

2021-23           Teaching Assistant, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Madison, WI (courses taught: Foundations of Contemporary Art, Fall 2021, Fall
                          2022; and Current Directions in Art, Spring 2022, Spring 2023)


Awards
2024                Russell and Paula Panczenko Prize, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

2023                TMA Contemporary Juror Favorite, Trout Museum of Art, Appleton, WI

2017                 Bryan and Katherine Rutenberg Award, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC