July 2016 Honoree
Catherine Linder Spencer
Award Winning Buffalo-based Artist
Catherine Linder Spencer is an award winning Buffalo born and Buffalo-based artist. Catherine’s work has been exhibited widely in museums and galleries throughout Western New York including the Albright Knox Art Gallery, Burchfield-Penney Art Center, and The Castellani Art Museum and in major cities throughout the U.S. Catherine’s art includes a broad scope of media including 35 mm photography, mixed media collage, sculpture, large scale site specific installations to enamel work, and fiber based sculpture. She recently completed a one-year fellowship program through the New York Foundation for the Arts. In addition to exhibiting in local museums and galleries, Catherine has participated in many public art projects including “Herd About Buffalo” and “Art on Wheels.” She is represented by Studio E Partners in Washington, D.C. and recently had an art exhibition in New York City. Her work is in private collections across the United States. She is proud to have eight large pieces of her work included in the permanent collection of the Burchfield-Penney Art Center. Several pieces from her brand new series Gathering Symbiosis were recently on exhibit in the Conventus Building, a center for collaborative medicine on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. She currently has a piece included in the exhibition “Sequel” at the Burchfield-Penney Art Center on view through September 2016.
Catherine attended the University of Strasbourg, France in 1978, Operation Crossroads Africa (Independent Study) in 1979, and received her BA from Trinity College in 1980.
Catherine has assisted countless organizations in Western New York as volunteer, advocate, fundraiser, often a behind the scenes leader. She served on Roswell Park Cancer Institute’s Art Committee for a number of years, helping to get artwork permanently installed on the walls of the hospital. She designed and ran an art program for children at Vive La Casa, using art as a tool for healing for hundreds of refugees over a period of 5 years. Catherine recently worked with UB Art Galleries on a long term project with adult artists from Aspire, Inc. In addition to making art and teaching art, Catherine has been a tireless advocate for the arts and cultural community for over 25 years. She was a longtime member of City of Buffalo Arts Commission and City of Buffalo Arts and Cultural Funding Advisory Board and is especially proud of her 25-plus year relationship with Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center as member, board member, past president of the board, and chair of the Capital campaign from 2003-2005 to help build out their spaces in The Church (Babeville).