Caty Forden

- Curriculum Vitae

Born in Washington DC, lives and works in Berlin since 2017

Member of the women’s artists group Frauenmuseum Berlin, Germany

Cofounder of artists group Kaleidoskop, Berlin, Germany

Cofounder of at HB55 Kunstfabrik

Member of bbk Berlin


1986-1987 Elverum folkehøgskole, Elverum, Norway (Norwegian arts and language)

1987-1989 Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa (liberal arts studies)

1989-1990 Istituto Lorenzo de Medici, Florence, Italy (Painting under Rose Shakinovsky and Claire Gavronsky)

1990-1991 BFA: School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Il (full merit scholarship, printmaking focus)

1992 Residency under Rose Shakinovsky and Claire Gavronsky, La Cipressaia, Italy

1992-1994 MFA: School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Il


1996-1999 Picture Researcher for book packager DoGi, Florence, IT

2001-2008 Self employed art and English teacher, Pistoia, IT

2009-2017 Art teacher, Fairfax County Public School System, Fairfax, Virginia


2022 NEUSTART KULTUR-Grant, Stiftung Kunstfonds, Bonn, Germany


2024 Schichten und Geschichten, with Kaleidoskop, Studio Bildende Kunst, Berlin, Germany


2023 Caty Forden, Malerei, Galerie 100, Berlin, Germany

2022 DREAMHOUSE, K-Salon, Berlin, Germany (catalog)

2022 Le Philosophe, with Jan Thomas, Galerie Lake, Oldenburg, Germany

2020 STADTGLÜCK, with Frauke Bohge, Kunsthalle Brennabor, Brandenburg an der Havel, Germany (catalog)

2020 Stadt & Land, with Nicolai Kraneis, Galerie Gondwana, Berlin, Germany 

2014 Portraits, Arlington Public Library, Arlington, Virginia

2007 Cantieri, Capannone, Cambiamenti, Comune di Prato, Prato, Italy


2024 Bewegung im Takt, Frauenmuseums Berlin at Milchhof Pavillon, Berlin, Germany

2024 Müll Nebanan, Margarine at HB55, Berlin, Germany

2024 Bewilderness, with Kaleidoskop at SomoS Arts, Berlin, Germany

2024 Encountering Nature, Project Space Kimgo, Berlin, Germany

2024 Frauenmuseum Berlin Neujahrsempfang, Galerie Gesellschaft, Berlin DE

2023 BeStimmt, online show Frauenmuseum Berlin, Germany

2023 Schöne Jugend, diekleinegalerie, Berlin, Germany

2023 Kaleidoskop, 48 Stunde Neukoelln, Pequod Books, Berlin, Germany

2022 TOLLE FRAUEN MALEREI, Schindler Lab, Potsdam, Germany

2022 Zehdenick: Bilder einer Stadt, Klosterscheune Zehdenick, Germany

2022 Fresh Legs Berlin 2022, Inselgalerie, Berlin, Germany

2022 Der Stand Der Dinge, Kunstvereins Ebersberg, Ebersberg, German

2022 Die Zeit falten und weitergehen, Feinart Berlin, Berlin, Germany

2021 Coppelia 2 - Inselgalerie, Berlin, Germany

2021 Kultur Fördern Gesetz,  Public Art Initiative, Berlin, Germany

2020 Stadtfindetkunst - Posters - Art in public spaces, Berlin, Germany

2020 BERLIN 20/20 - 100 Jahre, Schöler Berlin, Berlin, Germany (with catalog)

2020 Intra Views - Feinart Berlin, Berlin, Germany 

2012 Stories Real and Imagined - Gallaudet University, Washington DC


The National Museum of Women in the Arts Library and Research Center, Washington DC

Joan Flasch Artists' Books Collection, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Il

The John M. Flaxman Library, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Il

Private Collections in Berlin, Chicago, Florence, Pistoia, Rome, Washington DC


THE NEW YOU, A Tale of Reawakening, 2022, 10.00 Euro, edition of 300.

Open thread stitching and embossed cover, German / English, 23 x 16.5 cm, 28 pages, 14 images of which 2 are double-page. Text by Dr. Birgit Szepanski. Design by Doro Spiro. Supported by the Neu Start Kultur Stiftung Kunstfonds, Bonn.

STADTGLÜCK, 2020 ISBN: 978-3-00-066508-0, 15.00 Euro, edition of 500.

Double sided catalog for Caty Forden and Frauke Bohge on the occasion of the Exhibition StadtGlück at Kunsthalle Brennabor, Brandenburg an der Havel, October 2020. German / English, 33 x 19 cm, 80 pages, 68 color images of which one is double-page, with a text by Christian Kneisel and citations from a conversation between Caty Forden and Dr. Birgit Szepanski (Über Orte und Farben in der Stadt, 2020),  design by Anja Thurm.