Cate Woodruff lives and works in Woodstock, NY and Sardinia, Italy with her husband, composer/percussionist/sound designer David Van Tieghem, and has a studio in Catskill, NY. Her work can be purchased on Artsy through SL Gallery in NYC and on 1stDibs through Davidson Pivot Gallery in NYC, or by contacting the artist.

In single-shot digital photographs, using layers of reflective surfaces and homemade lenses Cate Woodruff connects, bends and distorts the boundaries of matter beyond the existence of form, photographing light, color and shapes before objects take on a “common sense” reality and create a conceptual barrier. Cate pushes her camera over the optic edge revealing space, energy and light that are not often noticed or seen with the naked eye.

Her light photographs and paintings in the form of photographic prints have been made, projected and animated in sizes small to very large. They have been presented in a number of ways - on metallic and traditional archival paper, mounted on gallery plexi, and on slabs of brushed aluminum, with sheer vision shown in windows, backlit on the wall, free-standing, as sculptures, sound sculptures, in lightboxes and lightwalls, on a chip onboard a spaceship, in galleries, homes, businesses, public spaces, and projected for theatre and music productions. She has animated her work into videos which have been projected and viewed on monitors and walls, and in a renovated silo with sound and music.

In the early 1980’s while Cate was a print model for Henri Bendel, she became assistant to fashion photographer Gosta Peterson in NYC. She went on in the 80’s and 90’s to create award-winning multimedia pieces in avant-garde theatre as a photographer, videographer, writer, director, actress, and theatre administrator, collaborating on numerous independent projects, founding Theatre of the Observed in St. Louis and later, co-founding ART Mondays at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, MA. She was a longtime member of the international touring company Theatre X, a company member and guest artist in regional theatres, in theatre companies in NYC, and a spokesperson on Japanese television. Cate designed furniture and made art and video installations as owner of Woodstock Furniture Gallery and worked as a photojournalist, journalist and editor with online news sites Truthout and Reader Supported News. She was a year round Artist in Residence at Byrdcliffe Arts Colony in Woodstock, New York from March 2008 to July 2012 creating over 3000 works in photography, drawing, painting, writing, video, art installation and video installation.

Cate Woodruff comes from a family of artists. She is the niece of painter Herbert Tschudy, who as Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Brooklyn Museum from 1925 to 1936, was the first curator of contemporary art and exhibition in an American museum. He was founder of the Biennial International Watercolor Exhibition and presided as Curator Emeritus at the Brooklyn Museum until 1946. Cate's photographic work with light is inspired by her study of the nature of mind with the Venerable Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche in Woodstock, NY and by conversations with her father during his training to be an astronaut in NASA’s Apollo Space Program. She and her dad looked at the night sky, talked about life on earth and worlds other than what we see. Cate explored M.G.J. Minnaert’s Theories of Light and Color after exchanging ideas about the nature of light with Italian astrophysicist Sperello di Serego Alighieri.

Cate received a BFA in Theater from Webster University in St. Louis, is a graduate of The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts through New York University, and was a founding student of Robert Brustein's Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University.