Cathy McClure


Cathy McClure received her BFA from Texas Technological University, then her MFA from the University of Washington in 1997. In 1997 she was also selected out of a pool of 426 applicants as the recipient of the 19 th Annual Betty Bowen Memorial Award. Prominently a metalsmith, McClure wields such mediums as sterling silver, bronze, and steel. She is also drawn towards other disciplines, often with multimedia components such as music, and video; in some videos she cuts and destroys stuffed animals with scissors. A reoccurring presence in her work has been the intricate mechanical beings that resemble children’s toys, both humorous and whimsical. These figures are often constructed out of not only metal, but also plastic—a nod to the disparate longevity and substance of the two. McClure also toys with the idea of the future, what technologies may exist and how they may interact with human beings, and the more immediate realm which we, as humans, inhabit.

"As a multi-media artist with a strong background in metal design, I am seduced by the limitless potential of sterling silver, bronze, and steel. My enthusiasm for the techniques and traditions of metalwork is rivaled only by a wild preoccupation with mechanical toys and the discrepancy between the public's perception of an imagined techno-future and that future that we now inhabit." -Cathy McClure

Curriculum Vitae

    Born 1965, Abilene, TX.
    Lives and works in Seattle, WA
    1997 MFA University of Washington, Seattle, WA
    1995 BFA Texas Technological University, Cum Laude, Lubbock, TX
    2011 Midway, Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA
    2010 Curiosities, Edelman Arts, New York, NY
    2009 Remains, Design Miami, Moss, Miami, FL
    2009 Remains, Moss Gallery, New York, NY 2009 Zoetrope; Circus and Robotic Animals, Nassau County Museum, Roslyn Harbor, NY
    2008 The Toy Show, Hans Weiss Newspace Gallery, Manchester, CT
    2007 Menagerie, Neuhoff Edelman Gallery, New York, NY
    2006 Persistence of Vision, MUSA Art Space, Seattle, WA
    2005 A Raucous Look at the Persistence of Vision, MUSA, Seattle, WA
    2003 Meet George Jetson, Bumbershoot Arts Festival, Seattle, WA
    2001 Here I Am, Entertain Me! Commencement Art Gallery, Tacoma, WA
    2001 Pigs on Parade-public art, sponsors: Niketown, Washington Mutual. Seattle, WA
    2001 First Light, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA
    1999 Team works, New Kinetic Sculpture, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
    1999 Le Quai Fete, residency exhibit, Quai de la Gare, FR

Past Exhibitions

Cathy McClure: Curiousities
November - December 2010

Cathy McClure: Menagerie
October - November 2010