BIOGRAPHY

Cathy Hegman

Cathy Hegman, an artist who lives on a farm in Mississippi, 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 and we are pleased to present her first solo show with us in almost three years.  

Timothy Tew

 

View the Show Catalog for Hegman's Mirror: paintings of figures & animals

 

Curriculum Vitae: Cathy Hegman

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.

Cathy has worked as a full time artist for over 27 years and has taught workshops and written features and articles for many of the national art magazines. She has been represented by professional galleries for over 20 of her years as an artist, has been included in numerous national and international art exhibitions and has been the recipient of art awards in the United States and Brazil.

Cathy has attained Signature Membership status in the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society and has also achieved signature member status in several state Watercolor Society chapters, the Society of Animal Artists and most recently the International Society of Acrylic Painters.

Cathy is also Vice President of the Mississippi Art Colony and is a member of the American Women Artists.

National and International Exhibitions and Awards:

2017

Awarded the Gold Medal for the American Watercolor 150th International Exhibition in New York and the first Mississippian to receive this award.  Cathy has now earned enough medals to become a Dolphin Member of the American Watercolor Society

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

Awarded Best in Show in the Mississippi Art Colony Exhibition

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)

Juried into the American Watercolor Society International Exhibition in New York 

2012

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

Awarded the Alden Bryan Medal

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

American 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)

American Watercolor Society International Exhibition in New York 2004 Awarded the Clara Stroud 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 – 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 Watermedia 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 American Watercolor Society International Exhibition in New York

Awarded the Clara Stroud Award

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 Watermedia 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 Watercolor Society Traveling Show – invited exhibitor

2002

Inducted as Signature Member of National Watercolor Society

National Watercolor Society Traveling 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 Watercolor Society Traveling 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 Watermedia 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

Solo Exhibitions:

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


Small Group Exhibitions:

Belhaven Art Complex Jackson, Ms Jackson Street Gallery

Show at TEW Galleries, Atlanta, GA

Shows at Carol Robinson Gallery New Orleans, LA

Shows Fischer Gallery Jackson, Ms

Shows Watson MaCrae Gallery Sanibel Island, FL

Shows M2 Gallery Little Rock, AR

Shows Muckenthaler Museum Fullerton, CA

Show at T. Clifton Art Gallery, Memphis, TN

Shows in Greenville, Ms

Shows in Jackson, Ms Nunnery’s Gallery 119

Shows Mississippi Museum of Art

Shows Municipal Art Gallery Jackson, Ms

Butler Snow Law Offices

Larry McCool Gallery

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

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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