Professor of Art
Painting, General Education
M.F.A. in Painting, Bowling Green State University
B.F.A. in Painting and Art History, University of Illinois
K2138 South Kohrman Hall
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 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.
She has been a professional artist for over 25 years. She currently specializes in mixed media work combined with pigmented beeswax. Her studio work focuses on layers and juxtapositions of information using decorative patterns associated with Southeast Asia and Classical Western civilization. It 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 Barbaran Segaragunung Gallery in Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia. In addition, she has an extensive record of international and national group exhibitions and has been recognized through numerous grants and awards including a Gilmore Emerging Artist Award through the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo. Professor Crotchett’s work is represented 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 included in numerous private collections.
Professor Crotchett teaches a wide range of classes across the curriculum: general education classes, foundation classes, drawing and painting classes; and is currently the faculty advisor for the registered student organization Modern Painters Society.