Bio

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I am an art maker, curator, educator and dog mom extraordinaire based in the Greater Boston Area. I received my BFA from the New Hampshire Institute of Art in 2015, and since have shown work internationally both in museums and galleries. My art remains in the collections of several institutions and I was named one of 2017's "Remarkable Women" by NH Magazine, which is pretty cool. 

Currently, I am the Exhibitions Manager at Gallery 263 in Cambridge MA, and adjunct faculty at Lasell College and NHIA. 

You've probably noticed my artwork is almost entirely figurative with a continuing motif of portraiture. Portraits help me better understand the people in my life, including myself, and by painting or drawing I am able to build upon and express relationships. Self portraiture is a way of cathartically processing my emotions as well as an important means of reflecting on life experiences. I use myself as a vehicle for storytelling as well as regaining agency over my body as a queer trans woman.

By continuing the tradition of oil painting, I am engaging with a medium that has voyeuristically objectified women since it’s conception. My work confronts the viewer as it engages with that history, and additionally humanizes and individualizes my existence through the process of painting. My art does not serve to educate, nor is intentionally created to expand anyone's understanding. Please don't send me weird emails about it. 

For inquiries on pricing and commissions, please email me at catherinegraffam@gmail.com 


Solo Exhibitions

2016
Trans-Pose, McGowan Fine Art, Concord NH

2014
Identity Online, Rats 9, Montreal QB


Group Exhibitions

2018
13WOMEN, 13FOREST Gallery, Arlington MA
Representing Feminism, Lamont Gallery, Exeter NH

2017
Plenty, 13FOREST Gallery, Arlington MA
Inertia, McGowan Fine Art, Concord NH
Gender Unbound Art Festival, Austin TX
Right Side Out, Able Baker Contemporary, Portland ME
TDOV, University of Virginia, Charlottesville VA
Teenaged, FPAC Gallery, Boston MA

2016
Art & Bloom, McGowan Fine Art, Concord NH
Trans//Draw, Gallery 263, Cambridge MA
You think It's ____ But It’s Really ____, Midway Gallery, Boston MA
Gender Unbound (Art Festival), Austin TX
The Other, Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville FL
3rd Annual Self Portrait Show, Verge Gallery, Manchester NH

2015
Who Might I Be?, Nave Gallery Annex, Somerville MA
Small Works Exhibition, Shirt Factory Gallery, Glen Falls NY
2nd Annual Figure/Portrait Competition, NHIA, Manchester NH
We’re Here: A Queer Exhibition, Verge Gallery, Manchester NH

2014
Minis on Main, 30 Main, Peterborough NH
2nd Annual Self Portrait Show, Verge Gallery, Manchester NH
Queer, Linus Gallery, Online Exhibition
1st Annual Figure/Portrait Competition, NHIA, Manchester NH
12th Annual Minumental Exhibition, NHIA, Manchester NH
Art PM, Buoy Gallery, Kittery ME 

2013
11th Annual Minumental Exhibition, NHIA, Manchester NH
Exploring Gender, Eye Student Gallery, Manchester NH
SOLD: Pop Up Exhibition, Elm St, Manchester NH
Reflections: Self Portrait Show, NHIA, Manchester NH
Annual Student Exhibition, NHIA, Manchester NH
Mangitude 7, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati OH


Press & Publications

2017
Ignota Magazine, Online
NH Magazine, Online/Print
Yes! Magazine, Online

2016
Everyday Feminism, Online
Big Red & Shiny, Online
The Jealous Curator, Online
Huffington Post, Online
Concord Monitor, Print
The Hippo, Print

2015
Vision Problems, Textbook
Explore, Create, Repeat, Online
Dazed Digital, Online
The Offing, Online
Supersonic Art, Online
Feministing, Online
Mineral Magazine, Online
Empath Lit, Online
Ayris Magazine, Print

2014
Artful Undress, TradioV
Ayris Magazine, Print
One to Watch, Saatchi Art Magazine, Online


Education

2011-2015
New Hampshire Institute of Art, BFA


Representation

2015-NOW
McGowan Fine Art, Concord NH

2017-NOW
13FOREST, Arlington MA

TEACHING
2018-NOW Adjunct Professor, Lasell College, Newton MA
2018-NOW Adjunct Faculty, New Art Center, Newton MA
2017-NOW Adjunct Faculty, Community Education, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester NH

SPEAKING
Alumni Talk + Panel, New Hampshire Institute of Art
Femmescapes 2 Release Party, NYC
TDOV Event, University of Virginia

2016
Gender Unbound Art Festival, Austin TX
Artist Talk, Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville FL
Artist Talk, University of North Florida

Teaching & Speaking