BIOGRAPHY

Cathy Hegman

 

Cathy Hegman, a Mississippi artist who lives on a farm, has established a reputation for creating thought provoking and emotionally evocative paintings inspired by the natural world.  Since women, animals and the landscape are her preferred subject matter; her imagery is both familiar and comforting.  However, because the women and animals are inwardly rather than outwardly focused and the landscapes are fragmented with very little detail; the paintings take on a mysterious, otherworldly quality. This is enhanced by the use of muted colors, surfaces that are alternately worn down and built up and by shrouding everything in an atmospheric haze, suggesting the passage of time even though we are actually just experiencing a single moment in the story.   

One of the most intriguing things about Cathy Hegman’s paintings is how they seem to go in various directions at the same time.  On the one hand the figures and animals are intimately connected; on the other they appear almost oblivious to the outer world; then alternately they seem to exude some authority over it.  This leaves us wondering what is real and what is imagined, and what is in the past and what is actually supposed to be in the present.  Cathy partially explains this when she says that she relives past feelings as she paints and the canvases serve as a mirror for her to see herself.  The paintings also serve as mirrors for us to see ourselves and, because we cannot help but respond emotionally, they allow us to interact with situations and experience feelings that might otherwise be too uncomfortable to approach directly. 

Looking at these painting we are quickly aware that Cathy has great empathy for people and animals, and that she portrays them as deeply connected and on a shared journey. This has symbolical importance and she says: “My most prevalent and personal symbols are animals and because I feel I have learned so much from them they represent protection, love, companionship, trust, loyalty and serenity.”  There are also other symbols in her work, notably the circle which she uses to represent wholeness, perfection, eternity, timelessness, the Self and God and by placing a figure or animal on it, this symbolizes both wholeness and balance.

One of the great things about paint is the way it allows an artist to create layered imagery and atmosphere and to use marks and surface to represent thoughts, feelings, and the passage of time. It is to this end that some of what we see in a Cathy Hegman painting has been actively reworked. In fact she sometimes paints a figure as many as twenty times in order to arrive at a sense of authority.  More importantly, this is what gives her art its sincerity.

TEW Galleries has represented Cathy Hegman since 2012.  

 

Curriculum Vitae: 

Cathy Hegman is a contemporary figurative artist from Mississippi who works in both acrylic and encaustic. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design from Mississippi State University. She  has worked as a full time artist for over 33 years and taught workshops and written feature articles for many of the national art magazines.

 

Solo Exhibitions:

2020    Solo Show Ohr-O’Keefe Museum, Biloxi, MS

            Cathy Hegman Solo, Visionary, TEW Galleries, Atlanta, GA

2019     Solo Exhibition, Carol Robinson Gallery, New Orleans, LA

Solo Exhibition, Gumtree Museum, Tupelo MS

Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA

2018     Cathy Hegman Solo exhibition, Mississippi Moonbeams; TEW Galleries, Atlanta, GA

2016     Carol Robinson Gallery, New Orleans, LA

            Fischer Gallery, Jackson, MS

2015     TEW Galleries, Atlanta, GA

            Fischer Gallery, Jackson, MS

Carol Robinson Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2010     Ridgeland , Ms  Jackson Street Gallery  “Medusa Complexities”

2009     Greenville, Ms Bass Cultural Center Watermarks

Arkansas Guachoya Cultural Arts Center Watermarks

 

Group Exhibitions:

Belhaven Art Complex, Jackson Street Gallery, Jackson, MS

TEW Galleries, Atlanta, GA

Carol Robinson Gallery, New Orleans, LA

Fischer Gallery, Jackson, MS

Watson MaCrae Gallery, Sanibel Island, FL

M2 Gallery, Little Rock, AR

Muckenthaler Museum, Fullerton, CA

Group Show at TEW Galleries, Atlanta, GA

Group Show at T. Clifton Art Gallery, Memphis, TN

Group Shows in Greenville, Ms

Group shows in Jackson, Ms Nunnery’s Gallery 119

Group Shows Mississippi Museum of Art 

Group Shows Municipal Art Gallery Jackson, Ms

Belhaven Art Complex Jackson, Ms

Jackson Street Gallery

Butler Snow Law Offices

Larry McCool Gallery

Included in over 45 Group Shows over the last 17 years in different states and in Brazil

 

National and International Awards:

2020     Juror for the American Watercolor Society 152nd International Exhibition

            Loa Ruth Spring Memorial Award, National Watercolor Society 100th International Open Exhibition

            QOR Modern Watercolor Merchandise Award recipient, National Watercolor Society100th International Open Exhibition

            Salis International Inc. Award recipient, Dr. PH. Martin Merchandise Award

            National Watercolor Society 100th International Open Exhibition

            Turner Professional Watercolor Merchandise Award recipient, National Watercolor Society 100th International Open Exhibition

2018     Selected as National Watercolor Society Juror for the 2018 Los Angeles National Exhibition

            Solo Exhibition, TEW Galleries, Atlanta, GA

2017     Gold Medal Award Winner; American Watercolor Association, 150th International Exhibition, New York, NY

2016     Juried into the American Watercolor Society International Exhibition in New York 2016

2015     Arts in Mississippi, Grand National Watercolor Show (Patron Award).

2013     Arts in Mississippi, Grand National Watercolor Show (Best in Show).

2012     TEW Galleries, Summer Show-Four Artists, Atlanta, GA

            Juried into the 139th American Watercolor Society International Exhibition in New York

            Arts in Mississippi, Grand National Watercolor Show

            Mississippi Art Colony Travel Show

            Juried into the International Society of Acrylic Painters (Awarded Second Place).

            Juried into the Louisiana International Exhibition in New Orleans

2011     Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS. Mississippi Grand National Watercolor Exhibition (Awarded Best in Show).

            Mississippi Art Colony Travel Show (Awarded the Golden Loeb).

2010     Juried into the National Watercolor Society Exhibition, Los Angeles, CA

National Watercolor Society Show in New York – juried exhibitor (painting featured on the invitation and awarded Best in Show, Aldean Medal and Clara Stroud Memorial Award).

Mississippi Art Colony Travel Show (Best in Show).

Mississippi Watercolor Membership Show (Best in Show).

MSWS Grand National Exhibition. (Arts Appreciation Award).

2009     Arts in Mississippi, Grand National Watercolor Show. (Best in Show and Alan and Anne Perry Award).

2008     National Watercolor Society National Show – juried exhibitor

Arts in Mississippi, Grand National Watercolor Show (Best in Show & Arts in Mississippi Award).

Mississippi Art Colony Travel Show

Juried into the Louisiana International Exhibition in New Orleans

Juried into the American Women Artists Annual Competitions

2007     Arts in Mississippi, Grand National Watercolor Show.

Mississippi Art Colony Travel Show – was awarded the Halcyone Barnes Memorial Prize

Mississippi Watercolor Membership show (Third Place Award).

Juried into the 30th International Exhibition Watercolor Art Society, Houston, TX

2006     Arts in Mississippi, Grand National Watercolor Show. (Top award winner).

Mississippi Watercolor Membership show (second place award). 

Juried into the 33rd Rocky Mountain National Water media Exhibition

2005     Juried in as a Signature Member of the Society of Animal Artists in New York City

Arts in Mississippi, Grand National Watercolor Show (Alan and Ann Perry Award).

Juried into the American Women Artists Annual Competitions

Juried in the Missouri Watercolor Society National Exhibition (Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Berneche Award).

2004     Arts in Mississippi, Grand National Watercolor Show.

Juried in the Missouri Watercolor Society National Exhibition

2003     Juried in the Missouri Watercolor Society National Exhibition. (Board of Directors Award).

            Juried into the 30th Rocky Mountain National Water media Exhibition (Quaintance Award).

Arts in Mississippi, Grand National Watercolor Show (Gallery Award).

Juried into the 27th International Exhibition Watercolor Art Society, Houston, TX

Watercolor West National Transparent Watercolor Exhibition (M. Graham Professional Award).

National Water Color Society Travelling Show – invited exhibitor

2002     Inducted as Signature Member of National Watercolor Society

National Water Color Society Travelling Show – invited exhibitor

Mississippi Watercolor Membership show (first place award).

Juried in the Missouri Watercolor Society National Exhibition.

Hilton Head Art League National Juried Competition

2001     National Water Color Society Travelling Show

Juried into the St. Louis Art Guild National Acrylic and Oil competition (JHL & J Memorial award).

Juried in the Missouri Watercolor Society National Exhibition

Mississippi Watercolor Membership show (first place award).

Hilton Head Art League National Juried Competition (second place award, for watercolor).

Juried in the Charlotte County Art Guild, National Water media Exhibition, Florida

2000     Juried in the Mississippi Grand National Watercolor Show

1999     Juried in the Mississippi Grand National Watercolor Show

1998     Juried in the Mississippi Grand National Watercolor Show

 

Selected Publications:

2010     The Figurative Line, written by Cathy Hegman (self-published book of figure paintings)

Medusa Complexities, written by Cathy Hegman (self-published book of the solo exhibition of figurative paintings).

2008     Watercolor Magazine, “Tracking the Muse”

            Watercolor Magazine, “Make Your Paint Your Own”

2007     American Artist included as the Best of Show winner in Mississippi Watercolor Grand National Exhibition

2006     Watercolor Magic Magazine

2005     The Artist’s Magazine, “Found in Translation”

            Splash 9, book for water media artists, published by Northlight Publishers

2004     International Artist’s Magazine

2003     The Artist’s Magazine, “Best of Watercolor”

            Delta Magazine, Holiday Issue

 

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