Catherine Conrad is an emerging conceptual artist based in Spartanburg, South Carolina, specializing in painting, mixed media, and assemblage.
In 1988, she graduated with a BFA in painting from Savannah College of Art and Design, before adventuring up to Alaska with her husband. After diagnoses of autoimmune diseases, she moved back to South Carolina. Although affected by chronic illness, she started the next stage of her life as a homemaker and a mother.
Having only recently resumed her art career during covid-19, she uses her art to explore the concepts of journeys, illness, nature, and faith. She is a member of the National Association for Women Artists (NAWA), NAWA’s South Carolina chapter, and the Spartanburg Artist Guild.
Catherine’s works have been featured in shows at the South Carolina Juried Art Show, Southworks National Juried Art Exhibition, the Rocky Mount National Juried Art Show, the Macon Arts Gallery, the South Carolina State Fair, and the Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg, among others.
Throughout my life, art has been a way that I explore thoughts, ideas, and emotions. A constant form that exists in nearly all my art is an organic shape that I identify with as hope and possibility. I am drawn to this shape in nature and in the human body, as I deal with chronic illness which I have come to recognize as my strength rather than my weakness: hollowed tree, nest, fruit, oyster, seed, egg, womb, and cell.