Cat Quintanilla

The Artist

Artists Statement

Art...is an opportunity for a shared human experience. 

That art even exists is a reflection of society's respect for the exercise of abstract thinking and is a celebration of the playful, universal and historical appeal of "all things beautiful".  


My work as a sculptor brings the power of the third dimension to play. Add to the formula the interactive nature of being able move around and view sculpture from a limitless number of vantage points and it becomes clear how very powerful and compelling sculpture can be.


My work pulls from many visual troves including but not limited to universal forms found in nature and abstract yet hauntingly familiar icons from generations past. 

My work seeks to evoke a gentle rainbow of emotional responses and a curious wonder for the medium of stone.  Above all my sculptures are about wonder and exist to bring the spirit of discovery to those that they meet.  


As a practitioner of the subtractive sculpting process, I often times tell folks:


“With stone sculpture, as with life, it’s what you leave behind that counts”.



Education

BFA University or Texas at Austin.        

In addition,  I have learned and continue to learn from my scores of wonderful art associates and stone carving friends .


Recognitions

-Featured in Blanco Texas year long Large Scale Sculpture Exhibition at Bindselle PArk

Acquisition of a Quintanilla sculpture by the City of San Antonio or their permanent art collection for the Central Library downtown.

-Honorable Mention, Bastrop Public Sculpture Exhibit

-Featured artist  Cedar Park Texas Sculpture Garden

-Honorable mention “Sculpture on Main” ,

Marble Falls, Texas

-Honorable mention, Art Hop Georgetown, Tx

-Featured Artist to be showcased May  2013 at the Capitol Visitor Center Old Emporium Bakery Building on Congress Avenue, Austin Texas

-Recognized in 2011 at The University of Texas Latin American Center as an outstanding Latina artist and for lifetime contributions to the Austin area. The initiative  “Voces de Latina” was spearheaded by the City of Austin History Center & featured 101 outstanding Latina Texas Women.


Galleries

Marta Stafford Line Art, Marble Falls Texas

Austin ArtSpace, “LOVE”   Austin Visual Arts Assoc

An Art Affair, Lakeway Texas

ZaZa’s Garden Gallery, San Antonio, Texas

Centro Cultural Atzlan, San Antonio, Texas

Russell Hill Rodgers Gallery, San Antonio Texas

Aloft. TSA Show , Dallas, Texas

Gallista Gallery, San Antonio, Texas

Wesley Gallery, Dripping Springs, Texas

Betz Contemporary Art Gallery, Houston, Texas

Highwire Arts Gallery, San Antonio, Texas


Affiliations

Austin Contemporary, The Art School at Laguna Gloria Austin, Texas

Southwest School of Art, Adjunct Faculty,

San Antonio, Texas

Sculpture Challenge, Dripping Springs, Texas

Sculptfest, Umlauf Garden, Austin, Texas

Sculptors Dominion, San Antonio, Texas

Luminaria, San Antonio, Texas

Arts Commission, Sunset Valley, Texas

Texas Sculpture Group, Texas

Texas Society of Sculptors, Texas

Women and Their Work, Austin, Texas

Texas Originals, Texas Arts Commission

SAVA, San Antonio Texas

The Stone Whisperers, San Antonio,Texas


Other Life Experiences

Twenty five years Graphic Design Service, 

Austin, Texas

Nine years in elected office including serving as mayor, City of Sunset Valley,Texas

Cat Quintanilla, (Stone Carver Cat).  DOB 1954. First generation Mexican-American.  BFA UT at Austin.  A life of passion & energy. Served in public office in Texas including as council person and in the position of city mayor.  Advocate for environmental issues and for art communities mostly because both advocate essential elements for future generations.  Great believer in lifetime learning and allowing each human spirit to live multiple paths and passions every day while on earth. 

On a personal path to "reverse engineer" with a return to the cultural threads of her own Mexican and Meso-American roots through Art, learning Spanish and spending time creating sculptures within the "Genetic Memory" series.  And, with a hope to be an example of celebrating cultural diversity, encouraging others to explore their own roots and diversity through art history and more.   This is a rejection of the homogenization of the American culture and a celebration of the individual human being,  each unique and deserving of acceptance.     Stone Carver Cat

Texas

Sculpture Group

Group Visits

may book visits to the carving studio. Garden clubs, art groups etc. Contact me today! stonecarvercat@gmail.com

Texas Society

of Sculptors

Raul is Cat’s Husband of

42 years and Helper Deluxe

Miss Olive
the Studio Pup Muse. 
A constant source of joy

Austin, Texas Stone Sculpture

“As you allow your eyes, your hands and your heart to dance along the surfaces a sculpture, the creativity of what has been and indeed what might blossom emerges from within you” -Q

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