Cate Richards is an artist and jeweler originally from Providence, Rhode Island and currently located in Madison, Wisconsin. She graduated from Baker University with a BA in Art and Art History in 2012, and in 2017 began her attendance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a first-year MFA Candidate in metals. Working at the intersection of object and performance, Cate’s work primarily investigates the individual’s relation to landscape through ritual adornment, camouflage, and survivalist tactics.
In 2016 Cate was named one of American Craft Week’s “30 Exceptional Craftspeople Under 30”, and was granted a residency at Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont. She also was named the inaugural resident for the COTN Residency in Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California and spent a week in March of 2017 creating work off the grid in the Mojave Desert. Cate exhibits nationally and has shown work at EatMetal Inc. in Hoboken, NJ and Lillstreet Arts Center in Chicago. Previous to her time in Madison, she balanced her practice with positions at arts non-profit organizations, and served as the Exhibitions Coordinator and a faculty member at The Lawrence Arts Center in Lawrence, Kansas, as well as an administrator for the Society of North American Goldsmiths.