About Catherine



Catherine Whall Smith is a quilter, living in Chaplin, CT. She designs her quilts through the process of discovery — discovery of the relationships of fabric, pattern, color, and a limited variety of shapes. All of her art quilts are traditionally hand quilted.


Bachelor of Science, University of New Hampshire
Major: Clothing & Textile
Minor: Art & Education

Masters Work, University of Connecticut
Field of Study: Education


Connecticut Women Artist’s Inc. – Juried membership

Artist Cooperative Gallery of Westerly, ACGOW 7 Canal Street Westerly, RI 02891

Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) – Elected Member

Gallery 53 – Meriden, Connecticut

Mystic Museum of Art – Elected Artist Member

The National Association of Women Artists –  Juried Membership

Studio Art Quilt Associates – Juried Artist Member (JAM)

Studio Art Quilt Associates – Co Rep Connecticut 2013 to 2016


2019 – Quilting By the Lake (QBL) – “Design Fundamentals” – Instructor David Hornung

2017 – Quilting By the Lake (QBL) – “Abstraction through Color, Pattern, and Repetition” – Instructor Maria Shell

2012 – QBL2 – Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center – “Line as Language” – Instructor Terry Jarrard Dimond

2010 – “Taking Care of Business” – Career Strategies for Visual Artists – sponsored by The Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism

2010 – QBL – “Art Quilt Construction” – Instructor J. D. Meyer

2010 – QBL – “Sew What?” – Instructor L. Riley

2010 – Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Massachusetts – Instructor Nancy Crow

2009 – Fine Art & The Digital World” – Instructor Christine Ivers – Photoshop Elements Seminar – Gallery 53 Arts and Crafts Association of Meriden, Inc.


2016 Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) – “Inspire – Connect -Engage” Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  March 31 – April 3rd.

2014 – Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) – “Capitalizing on Fiber” Alexandria, Virginia

2013 – Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) – “Expanding Horizons” Conference Santa Fe, New Mexico – Fiber Art in the City Different.

2012 – Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA)/Surface Design Association (SDA) – “Identity: Context and Reflection” – Artists creating fiber and textiles often struggle with issues of identity, embracing their medium while attempting to conceptualize its meaning within the larger art world. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2011 – Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) – “Visioning” Conference and Workshops Denver, Colorado

2010 – Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA)/Surface Design Association (SDA) – “Reinvention” San Francisco Conference Center, San Francisco, California.  “Reinvention – A life in the arts is a constant process of invention and reinvention. .  .  . Artists reinvent themselves as they mature or change creative paths.”

2009 – Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) – “Art & Excellence”  Conference and Workshops; Athens, Ohio

2009 – Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) – “Building An Artist’s Community” – A SAQA Sponsored Symposium – Wayne, Pennsylvania

2008 –  Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) – “Breaking New Ground” – Symposium, Tour & Workshops Co-sponsored by Surface Design Association and Studio Art Quilt Associates. Wayne Art Center Wayne, Pennsylvania

2008 – International Quilt Festival – Houston, Texas