White’s paintings speak to the beauty and color that can be found throughout the muted background of the city. Cathey shows influence of graffiti and street art throughout her work and plays with the idea of the constant changes that appear on city walls. This is shown through her layering technique. “When I look at the walls in Philadelphia, there is such a history; one story on top of another on top of another....”
Cathey hopes to continue making work that inspires people from every cultural, ethnic and economic background. She remains consistently inspired by her urban environment and the beauty that can be found within it. “Art should be for everyone. It is one thing that can bring us back to our childhood, the one place we never hesitated to be ourselves.”
Cathey White is an artist, educator and native of Philadelphia. She received a BFA from Moore College of Art and Design in 1996.
Cathey enjoys the opportunity to give back through artistic visual experiences. Volunteer projects include a mural for Frankie’s World Daycare Center for children with special needs with Moore College of Art and Design alum. She is a member of the (no name) Art Group and has participated in their exhibitions held throughout Philadelphia. Cathey was recently a featured artist on the (no name) Art Group website; being noted for contributing artwork for every exhibition and/or project since it’s inception in 2000.
In addition to volunteer efforts, she has completed commissioned artwork for The Joseph Anthony Spa and Salon in Glenn Mills, Endo Pharmaceuticals and The Brown Betty Boutique in Northern Liberties. Cathey was also one of 12 artists selected to design and paint a large-scale boot for Moore’s Footsteps 160th anniversary celebration.