Catherine Thornton Works

Catherine Thornton

Catherine Thornton earned her BFA in Painting and Sculpture from Longwood College (currently Longwood University) in Farmville Virginia, while in her mid 30’s, but she was not able to consistently pursue her art career for another fifteen years. In those fifteen years, however, ideas, concepts, and techniques were explored, diligently filed away on several sketchpads, envelopes and dinner napkins and assigned to the future. Her professional launch came about through a summer course at Penland School of Crafts. Thornton is tenaciously inquisitive with an appetite for discovery. She states, “I regret the day when I wake up to find no new thing, no reason to grow.” Her work reflects that attitude.


Two of my favorite quotes from Lewis Carroll’s THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS: As said by Humpty Dumpty: “When I use a word, it means what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.”

As said by Twiddle Dee: “Contrariwise, if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be: but as it isn’t, it ain’t. That’s logic.”

People who possess the ability for putting together lively word pictures in their conversations invite a ready audience, eager to listen, consider, and respond. Most of my work is a conversation-a springboard for point and counterpoint. Consensus or not, that’s logic.


Purchase Award, Carolina Artist’s Gallery, Morehead City, NC, 2000
Third Place, Wake Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh, NC 2000
Second Place & Purchase Award, Carolina Artist’s Gallery, Morehead City, NC 2001
Published in Clay Times, The Gallery, 2001
Nexus Gallery 2002 Small Works Show, 2002
VAE Benefit Ball Purchase-Mayor Charles Meeker, 2002
International Orton Cone Box Show, 2002-2004
Society for Contemporary Art: “Transformation”, The Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder’s Prize, Pittsburgh, PA, 2003
Artspace New Works Show, Honorable Mention, Raleigh, NC, 2004
Best Art in the Triangle Show, Lee Hensley Gallery, Raleigh, NC, 2004
Craft Alliance Show, curator: Leslie Ferrin, Louisville MO, 2004
Lark Books Publication, 2004
Solo Exhibit, Artspace, 2005
Invitational Teapot Show, Fine Arts Institute, Kalamazoo, MI, 2006
Rocky Mount Art Center National Fine Arts Show, Rocky Mount, NC, 2006
Craft Alliance Traveling Show beginning at Forbes Gallery, NY, 2006-2011
Solo Exhibit, Artspace, Raleigh, NC, 2007
Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmore, NC, 2008
Fine Arts Exhibition, Goldsboro, NC 2010
Meredith College Three Person Show, “Through the Looking Glass” 2011
Artspace One Person Show, “Talking Heads” 2012
Green Hill Center for NC Art, Greensboro, NC Invitational, 2012
Strange Fiction, Adam Cave Fine Art, Raleigh, NC 2014


BFA Longwood College, Farmville, VA 1981-1984
Magna cum laude
Artist of the Month, February, November, 1982, December 1983
Elected, Who’s Who in American Colleges, 1984
Member, National Dean’s list, 1984