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Catherine Haley Epstein is an artist, award-winning writer, and clinical mental health therapist (LMHCA). Catherine’s work explores the intersections of art, the senses and the unconscious. Her book Nose Dive published in the Fall of 2019, is a Perfumed Plume finalist for book of the year. The book has been deemed a must read by indie veteran perfumers, and industry experts alike. Catherine is the founder of the Odorbet, a project she initiated with Amsterdam-based art historian Caro Verbeek that is a growing vocabulary for our noses. She is conducting a workshop for Design Week Portland in 2020, and was a panelist on the topic of Scent and Design for the inaugural Digital Scent Week. In 2019 she was invited to speak on a panel about artistic perfumery in the United States at the Esxcence conference in Milan, Italy. In 2018 she attended the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference at Middlebury College in Vermont. She has done educational programming around scent at the Portland Art Museum, Public Annex and NIAD, who serve artists with disabilities. In 2016 she exhibited her experimental fragrance project at the inaugural AIX Scent Fair at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. She is the recipient of the Perfumed Plume Award in Fragrance Journalism, for her writing on the use of scent as an art medium, and a finalist in 2018 on her writing on scent and copyright. She conducts workshops on the use of scent in creative practices, and advises companies on scent-related projects. Most recently she was a guest lecturer for a course in advanced museum studies at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and graduated from Northwestern University with a Masters in the Art of Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
Catherine 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. In 2017 she was awarded the CEF “Living the Vision” Award for her advocacy and engagement for arts and schools in her local community. She is on her local performing arts center steering committee, and has served on the review panel for Visual Artist grants for the National Endowment for the Arts.
She was co-founder of Point & Line, which was an innovative platform testing 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. 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.