Catherine Nguyen is a mixed media painter with a BFA in Studio Art and minor in Journalism from New York University. Born and raised in the Bay Area, she traded the motley crew of nuclear physicists, rodeo cowboys, and winemakers that her suburban town of Livermore was known to attract for the infinitely more diverse streets of Manhattan. After eight years of studying and making art while also working at galleries, alternative art spaces, and non-profits like the Lower East Side Printshop and White Columns in New York City, Catherine returned to Oakland and her East Bay roots. For the next six years, she curated exhibitions and managed the gallery at Creative Growth Art Center–the world’s oldest and largest art center for artists with disabilities. Catherine now devotes her energy to CAST (Community Arts Stabilization Trust), which aims to alleviate artist displacement in an escalating real estate market by purchasing and leasing space for the exclusive use of nonprofit arts organizations. She currently lives and creates in Oakland, California.