Catherine Fairbanks
born New York, lives and works in Los Angeles


2010          San Francisco Art Institute,  Master of Fine Arts, Sculpture

2005          Creighton University,  Bachelor of Science, Nursing, Magna Cum Laude

1996          University of Nebraska,  Bachelor of Science, Biology

Residencies, Awards and Accolades
2020       Long Beach Community College, Ceramics Department, Long Beach California,  forthcoming
2017        The Wool Factory, Barcelona, Spain
2017        The Desert House, Yucca Valley, California
2014        Icelandic Textile Institute, Blonduos, Iceland
2013        LOOP Arts, Oakland
2012        Wassaic Project, Wassaic, New York
2011         Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
2011         Montana Artist Refuge,  Basin, Montana
2011         Fellowship, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco
2010        Dennis P Gallagher Excellence in Ceramic Sculpture, Prize and Award, San Francisco Art Institute

Solo Exhibitions

With Edith, Our Prime Property,

Mosaïkó, A-B projects, curated by Nicole Seisler, Lincoln Teaching Fellow, Scripps College Claremont, CA

Learning About Dance Through Clay, THE ONE,

Two Chimneys, Wilding Cran Gallery, Los Angeles, accompanied by artist talk with artist David Zuttermeister      

Empathomimesis, Icelandic Textile Institute , Blonduos, Iceland

Just a Secular Babe, Montana Artist Refuge, Basin, Montana   

To Form, Hastings College, Hastings, Nebraska

Two person and Group Exhibitions


Xenia, Practice Space, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Entangled Matter, Garden, Los Angeles 


Fault Line Projects, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada
Magick is Afoot, Arvia, Los Angeles
Seven Places of the Mind, fused space, San Francisco
Altered, Gallery #106, Minnesota Street Projects, San Francisco

SF Art Book Fair, Royal Nonesuch, San Francisco
Personals, Skowhegan, NY
Overture, Seymour 2017, Los Angeles

Stones, Vernon Gardens, Los Angeles     
Paying Attention, Sediment, Richmond, Virginia
On My Volcano Grows the Grass,   Artist Curated Projects,  Los Angeles
Four Square in the Land of Mild and Honey,  BBQLA, Los Angeles
End of Semester,  BBQLA, Los Angeles
Vases and Faces, Royal Nonesuch, Oakland


Resonant Forms, Mystic Hotel, San Francisco
Elliot Anderson, Catherine Fairbanks, and Jackie Wang, [2nd floor projects], San Francisco
The Soul and the Pawnshop, Sediment, Richmond
Mount Analogue, Scrawl Center for Drawing, San Francisco, California 
Pin Outs,  Sediment, Richmond, Virginia 
Everybody's Ocean, Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, California

Limn, Icelandic Textile Institute, Blonduos, Iceland
Reds,  Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles

We are the Field,  Scrawl Center for Drawing,  San Francisco, California 
Art Paper Auction, Atlanta, Georgia
Bonanza, n/a,  Oakland, California
Concentrate,  San Francisco Art Institute,  San Francisco
The Wassaic Festival,  The Wassaic Project,  New York
Some Fine Women,  VAST Space Projects,  Las Vegas
DoIT: 20 Years of Hans Ulrich Obrist's Project,  Socrates Sculpture Park, New York

Far Along, Part I,  James Madison University,  Harrisonburg, Virginia      
AMP Short-Film Festival,  Art Monastery Project,  Labro, Italy
This Church Full of Balloons,  Wassaic Project,  Wassaic, New York 
SkowheganPERFORMS,  Socrates Sculpture Park,  New York
Constructing Fantasy,  Beacon Arts,  Los Angeles
Experimental Film Festival,  Gallery Homeland,   Portland, Oregon

Strength In Numbers,  SCOPE Miami, Miami, Florida
About the Thing and the Thing Itself,  VAST Space,  Las Vegas 
OMDB,  Root Division, San Francisco
Reformation,  Skowhegan, Maine
Taste,  Root Division, San Francisco

Double Dip,  Root Division, San Francisco
Vernissage,  Herbst Pavillion, Fort Mason, San Francisco
The Gaming Commission,  Adobe Books Parlor, San Francisco
Warfield: Project: Survival, The Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco
Everything for Nothing or Something,  Ever Gold Gallery, San Francisco
Lab>, Queen's Nails Annex, San Francisco
Love Portraits and Long Distance Dinner Party,  ap-art-ment, San Francisco
Inside/Out    Adobe Books Parlor, San Francisco
The Day of the Thread, Pueblo Nuevo Gallery, Berkeley, California
Collide, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco
Locality, Mission Art Center, San Francisco
Aurora Borealis Art Experience, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco
CCACA California Ceramic Conference, UC Davis, Davis, California
Living Archives, Swell Gallery, San Francisco

Curatorial Exhibitions

Gum Heads, Laura Boles Faw, Ms. Barbers, Los Angeles, accompanied by artist talk with artist Jesse Robinson

The Domestic Garde, co-curated with Laura Boles Faw, ap-art-ment, San Francisco

A Matter of Course, co-curated with Laura Boles Faw, Swell Gallery, San Francisco

Visiting Artist Lectures, Visiting Educator Lectures, Panel Discussions, and Jury Participation

Artist talk in class, Ceramics, Scripps College, Claremont

Visiting artist in class, Sculpture, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, Massachusetts

Panel member, Art and Empathy, UCLA, Los Angeles

Visiting artist with Laura Boles Faw, Contemporary Practices and Unexpected Site, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco

Visiting artist with Laura Boles Faw, Conceptual Cartography at California College of the Arts, San Francisco

Panel member, Some Fine Women, VAST Space, Las Vegas

Panel member with Laura Boles Faw, Art Worlds: History, Theory, and Practice, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco

Visiting artist with Laura Boles Faw, Conceptual Cartography in Print, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco

Visiting Educator, The Aesthetics of Empathy, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles

Visiting Artist with Laura Boles Faw, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia

Juror of Annual Student Show, Hastings College, Hastings, Nebraska

Visiting Artist, Hastings College, Hastings, Nebraska

Positions and Research

2011- current   
Critical Care nurse, UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles

Arts Educator for high school students, City Studio Program, Sculpture and Animation, San Francisco Art Institute

Teaching Assistant for Ian McDonald, Contemporary Issues in Ceramics, San Francisco Art Institute

Critical care nurse, California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco

Interviews, Publications, Catalogues and Texts

Radical Hospitality, by Practice Space, Cambridge,  forthcoming

2017, Interview with Ariane Roesch on Not a Hobby, on Glasstire, Houston, Texas, Upcoming

The Soul and the Pawnshop, catalogue accompanying an exhibition in Richmond, Virginia.

Interview with Max Maslansky, on Riffin', KCHUNG Radio,

Ceramics/z, The Writerly Art, by Catherine Fairbanks, Ian McDonald at Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, San Francisco Art Quarterly

Mason at Kordansky by Catherine Fairbanks, John Mason at David Kordansky, Los Angeles, San Francisco Art Quarterly

Some Fine Women, catalogue accompanying an exhibition in Las Vegas.  Essays by Kristin Swenson and Shana Nys Dubront,

Some Type of Way, Bonanza,

The Gazette, VAST Space, Las Vegas, NV

Public Collections

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, New York Library,  Agency, published 2013.

Southern Exposure, Art Library Now, The Broadsheet, published 2010.

Selected Bibliography

2019         Claire de Dobay Rifelj https://
2018         Sarah Hotchkiss
2017         Christine Kaeppeler,
2016         Meg Whiteford, , April 18, 2016
2016         Annabel Osberg,, inn print, June     2016
2016         Catherine Wagley, , May 2016
2016 April 15, 2016
2015          ArtPractical Critic's Pick
2014          Liz  Ohanesian,
2012          Meg Linton,     
2012          Jeff  Jahn,
2012          Jeremy Quinn,
2012          Danielle Kelly,
2011          Jo Russ,
2011          Pat Augsberger,
2011          Danielle Kelly,
2011          David Wolf,
2010          Jarrett Earnest,
2010          JD Beltran,