Catherine Beaudette is a Canadian artist based in Toronto, Ontario and Duntara, Newfoundland. Her art practice stems from both places where she collects objects, artifacts and specimens to form the basis of her drawings, paintings, photographs and installations. Through the depiction of objects big and small, tools to buildings, Beaudette presents material culture as a record of the world we inhabit. In an activity parallel to that of the museum she creates and displays collections, seeking relationships between natural creation and human production, between what is lost and what is found.
As an artist, art educator, and community organizer, Beaudette has long been involved in art initiatives that foster collaboration and position art in the public realm. She is founder of Loop Gallery in Toronto, 2 Rooms Contemporary Art Projects, Duntara NL, and Howard Park Institute, a window gallery in Toronto. Beaudette is Associate Professor at OCAD University where she instigated MFA Graduate Residencies in Florence, Italy and Fogo Island NL. Beaudette has travelled extensively, attending artist residencies in Spain, Serbia/Montenegro, Germany, Banff, Fogo Island, Mexico, and Dawson City. She received her MFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1998. She won The RBC Canadian Painting Prize in 2000, and twice has been awarded an Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, in 1982 and 1986.