Conrad Wilde Gallery

New Growth









Ring of Redwoods






ginko and feather image

oak leaf image









Catherine Nash – Artist Statement

“‘...I live in great density...Shelter lures me.  I slump down into the thick foliage. ...In the forest, I am my entire self.  Everything is possible in my heart just as it is in the hiding places in ravines.’”  

 - Rene Menard, Le Livre des Arbres, 1956.

In my artwork, a personal language of symbols distilled from years of sketchbooks: shelters, nests, boats and bowls; light, water, earth and sky; seeds, branches, roots and new growth, eyes and hands become timeless images that can be “read” allegorically in many ways.   I use these symbols to evoke emotive ideas without the need for the written or spoken word.  I strive to interpret my deepest thoughts, dreamings and concerns with this
visual poetry.

The life of root and bud are at the heart of our being.

Started during a three-week residency in the studio of the late painter Morris Graves near Eureka, California, and finished in 2007, these collages incorporate elements from Grave’s studio with handmade papers made by Catherine Nash.  The hand split redwood shingles came from Morris Graves’ original house.



2004 Art Historical/Cultural Research in India: Mumbai, Dehli, Punjab

1999-96 Art Historical Research, Contemporary and Traditional Papermaking, Europe

1995 Japanese Papermaking under Minoru Fujimori, (National Living Treasure), Awagami Factory, Tokushima, Japan

1988 MFA, Mixed Media (Printmaking and Papermaking), University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

1987 Contemporary and Traditional Hand Papermaking and Block Printing: Kyoto, Echizen, Tokyo, & Kasama, Japan Under Professor Akira Kurosaki, Kyoto Seika University of Fine Arts; Under Asao Shimura, Cannabis Press, Kasama

1982-81 Lithography, Etching, Woodblock Printing, Drawing: Germany, France, Switzerland and Austria

1980 BFA, Printmaking and Drawing, University of New Hampshire, Durham


  • 2000 Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ
  • 1996 Yavapai College, Prescott, Arizona
  • 1995 University of AZ Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona
  • 1992 Downtown Performance Center, Artist-in-Residence: City of Tucson, AZ, Commissioned Installation
  • 1991 East End Arts Council, Riverhead, New York
  • 2004 Dergårdsgalleriet, Lerum, Sweden
  • 2003 Labyrinth Meditation: Human Conflict, Ferme Sarasin, Geneva, Switzerland

  • 2003 Unpacked-Unrolled-Unfolded, Chopin Association, Dusniki Zdroj, Poland
  • 2002 4e Triennale Internationale du Papier, Musée Charmey, Switzerland (Catalogue)
  • 2002 Book as Object: An International Survey of Sculptural Book Art, Coburn Gallery, Colorado College, CO
  • 2002 Transformation III, 2002, Karlsborg Fors, Karlsborg, Sweden
  • 2001 Hungarian Consulate, New York, NY
  • 2001 Paper Road, Museo del Corso, Rome, Italy
  • 2000 Paper Art, Santa Maria della Scala Art Museum, Siena, Italy
  • 1999 Utställningshallen Öckerö Bibliothek, Öckerö, Sweden
  • 1999 7 Jahre Faszination Papier, Skulpturenpark Katzow, Germany Nordens Bilder Gallery, Kungälv, Sweden
  • 1999 Troisième Triennale Internationale du Papier, Musée Charmey, Switzerland
  • 1998 Holland Papier Biennale 1998, Museum Rijswik, Holland
  • 1997 Moku Hanga: Contemporary Japanese Woodcuts in America, Harris Gallery, College Park, WA
  • 1996 Turning the Page: International Book Exhibition, Honolulu Academy of Arts, Hawaii
  • 1996 Int’l Artist Book Exhibit, Gentofte Art Library, Copenhagen, Denmark/Traveled to Sweden
  • 1995 Touch Please, Japan Paper Academy, Japan Paper Symposium, Kyoto, Japan
  • 1994 International Mini Paper Exhibition
  • 1994, Aklan Museum, Kalibo, Aklan, Philippines
  • 1994 Arizona on Paper, Galeria Mesta Bratislavy, Bratislava, Slovakia
  • 1991 International Paper Exhibit, University of Basel, Switzerland Traveled to Holland and Germany
  • 1991 Art in Paper, Galerie Niklaus Knoll, Basel, Switzerland
  • 1989 International Symposium on Art and the Invisible Reality, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
  • 1989 Franklin Furnace Gallery, NYC
  • 1989 International Mini Paper Exhibition 1989, Gallery K, Kaminosoto, Japan


  • 2007 Fiber + Book: An Exhibition of Unique Artist Books, Fiber Arts Center,  Amherst,  MA

  • 2006 Unrestricted, Florida Craftsmen Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL
  • 2005 The Elements: Earth, Fire, Air, Water: Artist Books, Hunterdon Museum of Art, Clinton, NJ
  • 2005 Paper Cuts: The Art of Contemporary Paper, Curated by Exhibits USA
  • 2005 Translucence, National Paper Exhibition, Lynn Tendler Bignell Gallery, Brookfield, CT
  • 2005 Blue Heron Gallery, Deere Isle, ME
  • 2004 22nd Annual North American Sculpture Exhibition, Foothills Art Center, Golden CO Juror: James Surls Award: HR Kramer Company and Atlas Metal Sales Award, (Catalogue)
  • 2003 Sculptural Variations in Handmade Paper, Raymond Ave Gallery, St Paul, MN
  • 2003 Washi in American Artist's Books, The Center for Book Arts, NYC, New York
  • 1999 National Invitational Book Exhibition, Bunnell Street Gallery, Homer, AK
  • 1994 Body and Soul: Contemporary Art & Healing, DeCordova Museum & Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA
  • 1994 National Survey Exhibition: Environmental Installation, Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (Catalogue)
  • 1990 National Invitational Paper Arts Festival, Bergstrom-Mahler Museum, Neenah, WI; Curator: Tom Grade
  • 1988 Art Reach '88, National Congress of Art & Design, Salt Lake City, UT Juror: Henry T Hopkins
  • 2008 3rd Annual Encaustic Invitational, Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2007 Parts of the Whole, Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2007 2nd Annual Encaustic Invitational, Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2006 1st Annual Encaustic Invitational, Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2006 Turning World, Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2004 Nash and Nelson: Recent Work, Tucson Jewish Community Center, Tucson, AZ
  • 2004 Nash & Raine: Sacred Spaces, Sacred Masks, Muse Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2003 Dinnerware Contemporary Art Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2002 10th Annual Small Works Invitational, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2002 Nature and Art, Tohono Chul Park Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2002 Nash & Renfrow, Rancho Linda Vista Gallery, Oracle, AZ
  • 2002 Skin and Paper, Tucson/Pima Arts Council Community Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2001 Book, Studio Lodo, Phoenix, AZ
  • 2001 Dinnerware Contemporary Arts, Tucson, AZ
  • 2000 Pima Community College Art Galleries, Tucson, AZ
  • 1999 HazMat Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson, AZ
  • 1999 University of Arizona Union Galleries, Tucson, AZ
  • 1997 Death - A Round Trip Ticket, Central Arts Collective, Tucson, AZ
  • 1997 Sacred Spaces by Arizona Artists, Coconino Center for the Arts, Flagstaff, AZ
  • 1993 AZ Centennial Alumni Invitational Exhibition, Joseph Gross Gallery, University of AZ, Tucson
  • 1993 Paper Dreams, Sky Harbor International Airport, Phoenix, AZ
  • 1993 Earthbound, Arizona State Capitol Building, Phoenix, AZ, Traveled to ASU, Tempe, AZ
  • 1992 Down to Earth, Tohono Chul Park, Outdoor Site Specific Sculpture, Tucson, AZ
  • 1992 Yuma Symposium, Yuma Art Center, Invitational Outdoor Site Specific Sculpture, Yuma, AZ
  • 1991 Dinnerware Artists' Co-operative Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 1991 Earth Shrines, 11 East Ashland Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
  • 1990 A Prayer, Tohono-Chul Park, Outdoor Site Specific Installation, Tucson, AZ
  • 1989 Shrine, Dodajk Internation Studio, Environmental Installation, Tucson, AZ
  • 1988 MFA Exhibition, University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ


  • 2003 Arizona Illustrated, PBS Interview & Studio Visit, KUAT-TV

  • 2001 Somerset Studio Magazine, Artist Portfolio: Catherine Nash, by Sharilyn Miller, Laguna Hills, CA, May/June
  • 2000 Contemporary Handmade Paper: Art Lesson Series for Beginners, by Akira Kurosaki, Japan
  • 2000 Paper Road, Santa Maria della Scala, Siena, Italy
  • 1999 En Massa Pappersarbete, Göteborgs-Posten, Gothenborg, Sweden, September 15th
  • 1999 3e Triennale Internationale du Papier, Papier, Exhibition (Catalogue), Musee du Pays et Val de Charmey, Switzerland
  • 1999 Artisans: Paper, by Gabrielle Falkiner, The Ivy Press Ltd, London, England
  • 1998 Paper en Vuur/Fire and Paper, Gentenaar & Torley Publishers, Rijswik, the Netherlands
  • 1998 Paper Sculpture: The Art of Sculpting with Paper, by Michael LaFosse, Rockport Publishers, Boston
  • 1995 Interview & Review: Spiral to Within, Arizona Illustrated, KUAT-TV, PBS, November
  • 1994 The Art of Healing, Art Review, by Christine Temin, Boston Globe, May 5th
  • 1994 Getting Better: Art & Healing, Sculpture Magazine, by Anne Barclay Morgan, Wash DC, September & October
  • 1994 Body and Soul: Contemporary Art and Healing, (Catalogue), DeCordovaz
    Museum & Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA
  • 1993 Obtaining Rich Color in Pigmented HMP, Inksmith, Daniel Smith Co, Seattle, WA Authored research article: November
  • 1992 International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists, Leopold-Hoesch Museum, Duren, Germany
  • 1992 "Hand Papermaking 1992 Slide Kit", International Survey of Paper Artists, slide and video format Invited
  • 1992 Spirituality & Ritual in Handmade Paper Art, Hand Papermaking Magazine,
    by Krista Speiler, Washington, DC, Winter
  • 1991 Enabling a Viewer to Meditate as Well, New York Times Art Review, by Helen A. Harrison, Sunday, September 8th
  • 1991 Secret Spaces for Grown-ups, Tucson Weekly Arts Review, by Margaret
    Regan, March 27th
  • 1989 International Symposium of Art and the Invisible Reality, Esotera Magazine, Freiburg, W Germany December
  • 1987 Tucson Letter, Artspace: Southwest Arts Quarterly, by Pamela Portwood, Spring


  • 2004 22nd Annual North American Sculpture Exhibition Award: HR Kramer Company and Atlas Metal Sales Award, Foothills Art Center, Golden CO Juror: James Surls
  • 2002 Pollack-Krasner Foundation, New York City, NY
  • 2001 Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation Emergency Assistance Grant,
    New York City, NY
  • 2001 Buffalo Exchange Art Award 2001, Finalist, Southern AZ Foundation, Tucson, AZ
  • 2001 Individual Artist Travel Grant, Tucson/Pima Arts Council, AZ
  • 2001 Professional Arts Development Grant, Arizona Commission on the Arts, awarded in 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, & 2001
  • 1999 Video Production Grant, Access Tucson (TCCC)
  • 1993 First Place Oasis Video Award, Arts Category, Tucson Community Cable Corporation
  • 1993 Hometown USA Video Festival, Finalist - Arts Category
  • 1992 Artist-in-Residence, Tucson Arts District Partnership, Breaking Down Walls to Create Shelter; collaborative arts projects with 3 non-profit human service organizations
  • 1992 Visual Arts Fellowship, Tucson/Pima Arts Council, Tucson, AZ
  • 1992 First Place Grant Winner, Healing Through Arts, Wayland, MA


  • Städtische Galerie, Wolfsburg, Germany
  • Bibliothèque Nationale de Paris, France
  • Centre Genevois de Gravure Contemporain, Switzerland
  • Special Collections of the Libraries of the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
  • Special Collections of the Libraries of the University of Basel, Switzerland
  • Collection of the White House, Washington DC
  • Borders Bookstore, Tucson, AZ
  • Privately in US, Europe, Japan

Professional Experience

  • 2003-04 The Art of Summer II & III, Program Coordinator/Faculty, The Drawing Studio, Tucson, AZ
  • 2003-present Faculty, Arizona Sonora Desert Museum Art Institute, Tucson, AZ
  • 1991-present Artist in Residence Arizona Commission on the Arts, Roster Program
  • 1993-present Faculty, The Drawing Studio, Tucson, AZ
  • 1991-present Tucson/Pima Arts Council, Rural Arts & Arts in Education Program
  • 1991-88 Tucson Art Institute, Tucson, AZ Faculty
  • 1989-88 Adjunct Lecturer, UofA, Dept. of Art, Tucson, AZ & Extended U of AZ, Sierra Vista, AZ
  • 1988-86 Graduate Teaching Assistantship, UofA, Dept. of Art, Tucson, AZ

Professional Affiliations

  • 1988-present Access Tucson (Tucson Community Cable Corp), Public Access TV
  • 1989-present Member-at-Large, International Association of Hand Papermakers and
  • 1995-present Friends of Dard Hunter (International Papermaking Organization) Paper Artists, Elected 1998-2000
  • 1995-present To All Our Relations, a non-profit Native American organization
  • 1991-93 Member (Auction committee chair ‘92 & ‘93) Dinnerware Artists’ Cooperative Gallery, Tucson, AZ

Selected Visitning Artist and Lecturer

  • 2007 Plant fiber Papermaking form Flat to Form,Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN
  • 2005 Australian Forum for Textile Arts, Geelong, Australia
  • 2005 Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME
  • 2005 The Eureka Springs School of the Arts/ ESSA, Arkansas
  • 2003 Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY
  • 2002 Kvarnbyns HandPappersBruk, Mölndal, Sweden Co-taught with artist Robert Renfrow
  • 2002 Southwest School for Art & Craft, San Antonio, TX
  • 2000 Italy Paper Symposium 2000, Abbazia di Spineto, Sarteano, Italy
  • 2000 Instructor: Advanced Papermaking Workshops- Belgium, Sweden, Norway, Italy, France
  • 1999 Advanced Papermaking Workshops Instructor, Nideggen, Germany; Oslo, Norway; Hönö, Sweden
  • 1999 Collaborative Participant, International Paper Symposium at Schloß Wrangelsberg, Germany
  • 1999 Instructor: Advanced Papermaking Workshops- Germany, Norway and Sweden
  • 1998 Instructor: Columbia College’s Center for the Book and Paper Arts, Chicago, IL
  • 1998 Instructor: Papermaking Workshops- Oslo and Bergen, Norway; Gothenberg, Sweden; and Strynø, Denmark
  • 1997-96 Instructor, Fuji Studios, Florence, Italy
  • 1996 Instructor, Artists’ Union of Norway, Oslo
  • 1995 Japan Paper Symposium 1995, Lecturer, Japan Paper Academy, Kyoto Japan IAPMA
  • 1995 Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY
  • 1994 Lecturer, Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL
  • 1992 Pyramid Atlantic, Riverdale, MD
    Presenter and Lecturer, Yuma Symposium, Arizona Western College, Yuma, AZ
  • 1990 Co-Presenter- Arizona Artists Conference, Northern Arizona
    University, Flagstaff, AZ
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