Chairperson, Department of Art and Design
Catherine Murray has been teaching sculpture at ETSU since 1995; over the years the sculpture program has grown into a strong component of the Department of Art and Design. Catherine is interested in working both with students who are pursuing concentrations in sculpture, as well as those who want to explore sculptural possibilities which might be utilized in other areas, such as painting, printmaking, ceramics, and fibers.
Prior to her move to Tennessee, Catherine worked as Artist in Residence for the Artists in the Schools Program in Montana for 2 years. She then began teaching at the university level, with one year positions at Millersville University, the University of Maine, and VA Tech. She also received long term artist residencies at the Ucross Foundation, in Wyoming, and at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, on the Oregon coast.
Though much of Catherine’s recent work with students involves public art, her personal work is more object oriented, utilizing a variety of materials and processes, including steel (welding, forging), casting bronze, carving stone and wood, and working with found objects, and natural materials. In 2004 she received the first Basler Fellowship for Faculty Research granted by ETSU; she was subsequently chosen as a resident at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop during the summer of 2004, where she explored casting techniques and researched Neolithic art and history of Northern Scotland. Since 2005, Catherine has shown work at indoor and outdoor exhibitions in Bristol, VA, Asheville, NC, Lincoln, NE., Norfolk, VA., Abingdon, VA., Bangor, ME. Charleston, WV, and others.