CAT BALCO

Cat Balco is an artist and educator with a special interest in the arts and healthcare field. She has shown her paintings and murals widely; recent and upcoming venues include Real Art Ways in Hartford, CT, The Painting Center in New York City, and the University of California Sacramento.

She has served as a visiting artist at institutions including The Maine College of Art, Swarthmore College, Pratt Institute at the Munson Williams Proctor School of Art, and Yale University and she is an Associate Fellow in Morse College at Yale University. From 2006 – 7 Balco served as an Artist in Residence in the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at New York Presbyterian Hospital, and in 2007 she established an Artist in Residence program that connected the Yale New Haven Hospital Chemotherapy Unit with the Yale School of Art’s graduate program in Painting. In 2010 Balco was awarded an Engaged Learning Fellowship at the University of Hartford to support the development of an Arts and Healthcare Program for students; this program subsequently received national press on the NBC network.

Balco’s recent Ellipses Project, an artistic collaboration between a group of young artists and individuals in hospice programs meant as a response to our culture’s avoidance of death, was supported by a Connecticut Arts Catalyze Placemaking Arts Leadership Grant, was widely viewed in-person and on-line, and was the subject of 2013 presentation at the National Training Institute for Creative Aging in New York City. Balco is an Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of Hartford and is currently serving as the Chair of the Fine Arts Department.

Balco’s work can be viewed at www.catbalco.com and www.ellipsesproject.info.

Image: Spider Sun, 2010, acrylic on canvas, 30×30”