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Cat Crotchett

Professor of Art
Painting, Art Appreciation

M.F.A. in Painting, Bowling Green State University  

B.F.A. in Painting and Art History, University of Illinois


K2138 South Kohrman Hall
(269) 387-2456


206A Park Trades Center 

Cat Crotchett is a professor in the Frostic School of Art and has taught at Western Michigan University since 1996. She received her MFA in Painting with a secondary specialization in Lithography from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, and received BFA's in Painting and Art History from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. She has been a professional artist for over 20 years. She currently specializes in encaustic painting. Her studio work focuses layers of information using figurative elements from famous renaissance paintings combined with decorative patterns and is characterized by the use vibrant colors and textured surfaces. Professor Crotchett has an extensive exhibition record that includes solo exhibitions at Vanderbilt University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, the Maryland Institute of Art and an upcoming exhibition at the LIP Gallery in Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia.  She also has an extensive record of international and national group exhibitions at the University of Cincinnati and the University of Minnesota, the Kinsey Institute, Brigham Young University and the Toledo Museum of Art.  She has also been recognized through numerous grants and awards including a Gilmore Emerging Artist Award through the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo.  Professor Crotchett is also included in public collections including; the Medical College of Virginia, Brigham Young University, Bowling Green State University, Firelands College and Western Michigan University.  Her work is also represented in numerous private collections.  Professor Crotchett teaches a wide range of classes across the curriculum: general education classes, foundation classes, drawing and painting classes.