painter of the postpartum experience
Photo Credit: Louisa Fry

Photo Credit: Louisa Fry


CJ Howard is an artist, educator, and mother based in Winston-Salem, NC. With a Bachelor’s in Art History, she spent over a decade curating exhibitions in New York and North Carolina. In between her work as a curator and non-profit executive director, she would squeeze out bursts of creative output: a tapestry painting series about body dysmorphia, a global series of murals about globalization and interconnectedness, a salon style painting series inspired by goddesses around the world.

After juggling her career and art practice for over thirteen years, she experienced a postpartum psychotic break when her son was four months old. This wake up call motivated her to leave her career as an arts administrator and focus on her personal art-making practice. She has also used this career transition to further her education. She is nearly finished with her Masters in Communication from Liberty University.

Her paintings of women and children have been exhibited at Center for New Media & the Arts, ZieherSmith, SPARKCon, The Carrack Modern Art, Percy Bartley House, Durham Storefront Project, Golden Belt Studios, Power Plant Gallery, and AFAS Group. She has also been invited to create work as an artist-in-residence in Cape Town, South Africa; Hämeenkyrö, Finland; Beijing, China; and Durham, NC. She is currently a participating artist in the Artist Residency in Motherhood program.




Bachelor’s Degree in Art History from Barnard College, New York, NY: Feb 2009

Selected Solo Exhibitions

Ordeal by Fire, Golden Belt Studios, Durham, NC: Oct 2015

Bring it Home, 320 W Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC: July 2012

Commune/Communicate/Comment, Percy Bartley House, Cape Town, South Africa: April 2012

Veil Tease, The Carrack Modern Art Gallery, Durham, NC: Oct 2011 


Artist Residency in Motherhood, Winston-Salem, NC: Feb - Dec 2019

Power Plant Gallery, Durham, NC: Aug 2016

Golden Belt Studios, Durham, NC: Sep - Oct 2015

Where Where Project, Beijing, China: Aug 2013

Arteles Residency, Hämeenkyrö, Finland: Jan 2013

A Word of Art, Cape Town, South Africa: Mar – Apr 2012

Selected Group Exhibitions

meditations on the echoes of breath, Power Plant Gallery, Durham, NC: Aug 2016

Durham Storefront Project, Durham Arts Council, Durham, NC: Nov 2011

artSPARK Juried Exhibition¸ SPARKcon, Raleigh, NC: Sep 2011 (Awarded 2nd Place)

Postcards from the Edge, ZieherSmith, New York, NY: Feb 2010

Co-Elaborate, Center for New Media & the Arts, Bethel, CT: Nov 2009

Selected Press

A quiet space at the Power Plant Gallery, Herald-Sun, Durham, NC: Aug 14, 2016

Sketchbook Project, Kernersville News, Kernersville, NC: Jul 13, 2013

100 People Doing Extraordinary Things, Disrupting the Rabblement: Feb 26, 2013

Artist Catherine J Howard Travels to 13 Locations Worldwide, p. 8 Kernersville Magazine, Kernersville, NC: Dec 2012

Howard brings 13/13/13 Sketchbook Project to Durham, Clarion Content, Durham, NC: Dec 14, 2012

Interview on Bush Radio FM, Cape Town, South Africa: Apr 13, 2012

Plascon supports mural art for Toffie Pop, BizCommunity, Cape Town, South Africa: Mar 29, 2012

Catherine Howard “Courting Love & Violence”, Clarion Content, Durham, NC: Jan 9, 2012

Inside the Artist’s Studio¸ WCOM-LP FM Radio, Carrboro, NC: Oct 25, 2011

“Veil Tease” Opens at Carrack Modern Art building, Clarion Content, Durham, NC: Oct 6, 2011

On absence and presence: Catherine Howard’s “Veil Tease”, Independent Weekly Artery, Durham, NC: Oct 4, 2011

The power of art: Catherine Howard reaches out to women through art, Kernersville News, Kernersville, NC: Jul 30, 2011