Although Cathy Abramson was born in a small city, Middletown, New York, her work concentrates on the urban environment. She maintains a studio at Artists & Makers Studios 1 in Rockville where in March 2017 she completed the three year Master Artists Program at the Compass Atelier. She paints in oils and has been exhibiting in juried solo and group shows throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region for the past 25 years and has work in many pubic and private collections.


This past year, in 2019, she was awarded second place for “Cathedral” in the Fusion Art Competition, “Highways and Byways”. In addition her work was featured in two other online exhibits, HerStory, (2017, 2018, 2019) an international competition by Manhattan Arts International, and the second by SavvyPainter (2017) a popular artists' podcast. In 2018 she was selected to paint a door for “The Doors of Make Room”. Her door was auctioned off at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in a fundraiser for a national housing advocacy group. This led to an interview about art and the housing crisis on WUSA9, a Washington, DC TV station. In addition, two paintings from the Kennedy Street body of work were purchased for the Washingtonia Collection by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (2017). In 2016 she was listed as a Finalist in the Portraits/Figures category of The Artist's Magazine 33rd Annual Art Competition and her art has appeared on the Professional Artists website. In the same year her painting “Fast and Furious” was reproduced in a large scale format for an exhibition at BWI Airport in the gallery in the D/E Connector.


She spent most of her career working as Art Director for NOVA Research Company where she designed publications and exhibits for NIH. In 2005, she illustrated Wild Washington: Animal Sculptures A to Z, and in 1997, Simple Secrets of Parenting: Easy as ABC. For a number of years she co-owned Grapevine Graphics, a local graphic design from. She began her career in graphic design and editorial illustration, working as the art director for The Washington Monthly, a political magazine.



Compass Atelier, Master Artists Program, Rockville, MD completed 2017

University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Dallas, Dallas, TX (B.S. 1975)
SUNY at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY (B.A. 1973)

Selected Group Exhibits and Publications:


4th Biennial Maryland Regional Juried Art Exhibition University of Maryland University College, December 2019 –
March 2020

Fisher Gallery, Schlesinger Center, Northern Virginia Community College, "Dreams of  the Underground", November-December 2019

Fusion Art, international online exhibition, second place winner

Interfaith Works Women's Center, retrospective, solo exhibition, January – March 2019

Montpelier Arts Center - juried show with glass artist, Jill Tannenbaum. Laurel, MD, April 6, - May 26, 2019

Artists & Makers, May 2019, “In the Moment”, solo exhibition

Signal Financial Credit Union, duo show sponsored by the Compass Ateier, Washington, DC, May – June 2019.

Creative & Therapeutic Arts Services at Children’s National, “Compositions in Color”, Invitational – International Visions Gallery, May 6 – July 20, 2019

Salon Show, International Visions Gallery, July-August 2019

Judge for Congressional Art Competition, Rep. Jamie Raskin 8th Congressional District, MD.

Strathmore Hall, “Night”, juried show, Bethesda, Maryland


Glen Echo Park, Stone Tower Gallery, “Cityscapes”, solo exhibition

Artists & Makers Studios, Members Show, Rockville, MD

Gallery OonH, "District Details", solo exhibition


Savvy Painter Art Competition, online juried exhibition

HERstory, online juried exhibition

Culture Coffee, “Kennedy Street”, Washington, DC, solo exhibition

Accepted as Member of Waverly Street Gallery, Bethesda, MD

Waverly Street Gallery, “Somerset Artists”, Bethesda, MD

Compass Atelier, Master Art Program, “Thesis Show”, Rockville, MD

Artists & Makers Studios, Members Show, Rockville, MD



BWI Airport, group exhibition, painting was reproduced in a large scale format

Dr. Nishan Halim, dental office, Washington, DC, solo exhibition

Featured Artist, Waverly Street Gallery, Bethesda, MD

Historical Society of Washington, DC, “For the Record: Artfully Historic DC”, Washington, DC 

   Third Place – painting category

Linus Galleries, "Reflections", online exhibition

Finalist in the Portraits/Figures category of The Artist's Magazine 33rd Annual Art Competition

Yellow Barn Studio, "Beyond Color", The Critique Group



Open Regional Juried Art Exhibition: June 25-September 29, Washington, DC

CHAL Juried Exhibit at The Hill Center, Washington, DC Best in Show

Historical Society of Washingtron, DC, “For the Record: Artfully Historic DC”, Washington, DC

Artsy Shark, Featured Artist

Linus Galleries, "City-Scapes", online exhibition

Work can be seen at:

© 2012 by Cathy Abramson