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Catherine Haley Epstein is an artist, award-winning writer, designer and curator. She has served on the panel for Visual Artist grants for the National Endowment for the Arts. She served as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Visual Thinking Strategies, a non-profit based in New York City that has developed a proprietary program to teach children to think critically using fine art. Most recently she gave an artist talk to designers at Nike, and held a workshop about the use of scent in one’s art practice at the Working Library in Portland. She is Co-Founder of Point & Line, an innovative platform for deeper dialog with contemporary art and artists. She is a lifelong advocate for arts in schools, and has worked with organizations such as Right Brain Initiative, Levi’s Strauss Youth Arts Program, the De Young Museum and Southern Exposure, on projects and in advisory roles to advance learning through the arts. As a gallery owner she was featured in the New York Times about her change of direction from a successful management-consulting career. As an artist she has exhibited throughout the US, and has attended residencies at Vermont Studio Center, the Headlands Center for the Arts and abroad in Montespertoli, Italy. In 2016 she was selected to exhibit her experimental fragrance project at the inaugural AIX Scent Fair at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. She is the recipient of the 2017 Perfumed Plume Award in Fragrance Journalism, for her writing on the use of scent as an art medium. She is a member of the Long Now Foundation and Americans for the Arts, and she continues to collaborate with artists and writers here and abroad on unique initiatives that explore intersections between art and other disciplines.

I am an artist and mother by nature and have had many jobs:
Arts advocate
Copy editor
Sales associate
Management consultant
Board member
Ice cream scooper
Producer of new media
Interior designer
Project manager for branding and major marketing deals
Art dealer
Soccer player
Public relations associate
Scent maker
Arts commissioner

I wish:
That all children have an education in arts, urban development and agriculture
That there is peace in the world
That women start taking more leadership positions and stop imitating men
That people are not hungry, in a food way
That people are hungry, in a compassionate and engaged way
That artists may be supported in a philosophical and financial way so they can do the work they have been given to do

I love:
Art, books, community, kindness, nature, learning, beautiful hearts and minds, looking at things in 360 degrees, painting, travel, drawing, sunshine and rain



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