Cate Nelson lives and works in Oakland, California.



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San Francisco Art Institute, MFA, Painting 2013

San Francisco Art Institute, Post-Baccalaureate, Painting, 2011

Bard College, Bachelor of the Arts, 2003


Group Exhibitions
2016   Parking Lot Art Fair, San Francisco


2014     Something Completely Different, City Limits Gallery, Oakland, CA


2013     Currency: MFA Thesis Exhibition, The Old Mint, San Francisco

              Re-Memory: Infused Presence, Swell Gallery, San Francisco

              The Haunting, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco


2012   Cont Grad, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco,

            Art by Telephone Re-called, Swell Gallery, San Francisco


2011                     Portraits, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco

                    Spring Show, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco


2010   Cannibal Flower, private venue, Los Angeles


2006   Wall Hall, private venue, Los Angeles


2005   ELAB III, Cinespace, Los Angeles

                  ELAB IV, Cinespace, Los Angeles

           ELAB V, Cinespace, Los Angeles


Solo Exhibitions

2007   Her Good Qualities, Lavish On Melrose, Los Angeles


Artist Talks/Lectures
2015  The Painting Salon, San Francisco

2013  MFA Now Slide Slam, Root Division, San Francisco


Work and Professional Experience

Co-Director, The Painting Salon, Dec 2015-Present

Artist Assistant to RikRit Tiravanija for the piece “Police the Police” at Stonescape, 2013

Teaching Assistant, SFAI, Contemporary Practice, Professor: Laura Boles Faw 2013

Teaching Assistant, SFAI, Painting I/II, Professor: Bruce McGaw 2012

Tutor, Garfield Elementary School, San Francisco, 2010-2011

Gallery Director, World Gallery, Costa Mesa, California 2008-9



Marin Magazine: September, 2013

Currency: MFA Thesis Exhibition Catalog, SFAI, 2013

Art By Telephone: Recalled: Exhibition and Archive Catalog, 2013

MFA Now Archive Catalog, Root Division, San Francisco, 2013


Vermont Studio Center (acceptance, unable to attend) 2014

Graduate Grant, San Francisco Art Institute, 2011-2013



Transcen.dio.Matic Method: World Gallery, Costa Mesa, California, 2009