Curriculum Vitae


MFA   2003   Studio Art   Merit Assistanceship Scholarship 
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

BFA   1985   Painting and Printmaking   Cum Laude Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia

Private Cello studies with Walter Gray, Seattle Symphony, 1993-2001, and Stephanie Vial, Professor of Music, Violincello, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, 2001-2003


Allcott Gallery, University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, November-December, 2015

jurors: Royal Alley-Barnes, Stefano Catalani, Trimpin
Columbia City Gallery, Seattle, WA, October-November, 2015  
first prize

SM 15
online exhibition, juror: Margaret Krug
Front Art Space, NYC, September, 2015, catalogue published

Cracked Emerald
curator: Robert Yoder. Prole Drift
Seattle, Washington, November, 2014

This is Where I Live
curator: Robert Yoder. Affordable Art Fair.
Seattle Center Exhibition Hall
Seattle, Washington, November, 2012


curator: Michael Caldwell. Confluence Gallery

Twisp, Washington, February-April, 2012

Conversations with Messerschmidt  solo show

Gallery 4Culture. Seattle, Washington, March, 2011

Seattle City Light Portable Works

Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery. Seattle, Washington, October-December, 2009 

Poncho 8th Annual Invitational Exhibition 
Western Bridge. Seattle, Washington, August, 2009

Send Me An Angel

curator: Robert Yoder. Howard House. Seattle, Washington, August 2009

Little Heads solo show

Corridor Gallery. Seattle, Washington, June 2008

Franklin & Madeline

Ouch My Eye Gallery. Seattle, Washington, November, December 2007

The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

Mnemonic Gallery, OK Gallery, Corridor Gallery
Seattle, Washington, July 2007

Works on Paper solo show

Corridor Gallery. Seattle, Washington, September, 2006

Artist Trust Exhibition

Chase Gallery. Spokane, Washington, June-August, 2006

A Horse of a Different Color: PONCHO 5th Annual Invitational

Washington State Convention Center. Seattle, Washington, March, 2006. catalogue published


Gallery 110. Seattle, Washington, February, 2006

Little Monsters solo show

Gallery 110. Seattle, Washington, July, 2005


Atelier 31. Seattle, Washington, December, 2004

Tra Est E Oevest (From East to West)

GAS Art Gallery. Torino, Italy, November-December 2004. catalogue published

Soho-Chelsea International

Agora Gallery. NYC, juror: Susan Cross, August 2004

Go West!

Richmond Art Center. Richmond, California, juror: Renny Pritikin, July-August 2004

The Face: Identity and Disguise

Atelier 31. Seattle, Washington, July, 2004

Body Politics

Gallery 110. Seattle, Washington, juror: Gene Gentry MacMahon, first prize, January 2004

Translations: Dialogues on Life

Remote Gallery. NYC, juror: Kathleen Wentrack, October 2003

Geweldig Geweld (Violent Violence)

Arti et Amicitiae. Amsterdam, Netherlands, July-August 2003

New Currents in Contemporary Art

Ackland Art Museum. Chapel Hill, North Carolina, April-May 2003


Mitten Gallery. Harrisonburg, Virginia, March 2003

All Too Human solo show

Lump Gallery. Raleigh, North Carolina, June 2002

Doubles solo show

John and June Alcott Gallery. Chapel Hill, North Carolina, June 2002

2002 National Drawing Exhibition

University of Hawaii, Hilo, Hawaii, juror: Leon Hicks, February 2002. catalogue published

Bad Touch

Space 1026. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, February 2002


John and June Alcott Gallery. Chapel Hill, North Carolina, January 2002

Bad Touch

Lump Gallery. Raleigh, North Carolina, December 2001

Works in Sound


for electric auto-harp and musical toys 2011

collaboration with Kurt Thumlert


composition of sound, under and on the water 2007.


for seven open strings 2005

Broken Suite

thirteen melodic fragments for piano, guitar, and cello 2003

Miracled Up

a sound and picture opera based upon the life and death of Daniel Paul Schreber for seven open strings, cello with loop, sound samples, and projected illustrations, 2003

Hymn to the Western World

for eleven open strings 2002

The Magnus Notebook

ten melodies for toy organ and guitar 2002


a deconstruction of Pachelbel's Canon for two cellos and two clarinets 2001

Seven Mixed Quartets

for alto saxophone, clarinet, flute, and cello 2001-2004

Six poems by Par Lagerkvist

for voice and instruments 2000

The Hammond Notebook

84 melodies for Hammond organ and guitar 1999-2000


"Making Cartoons with James Cicatko"
online Elearning project
York University, Toronto, Ontario, August, 2016

"Rethinking Modes, Making, and Composition"
online eLearning project
York University, Toronto, Ontario, August, 2016

Jen Graves "The Stranger Suggests"

The Stranger, Seattle, Washington, March 21, 2011

Robert Ayers "Pessimistic pictures, steeped in history"

Seattle Times, Seattle, Washington, March 18, 2011

Ethan Murrow "Character Heads: James Cicatko on Franz Messerschmidt"

Huffington Post, February 23, 2011

Jen Graves “Currently Hanging”

SLOG, The Stranger, Seattle, Washington, August 27, 2009

Annet Lemaire “Wakker Worden!”

painting with poem, April 25, 2008

de Volkskrant, Amsterdam, Netherlands


online music journal, review of The Vault, February 16, 2008

Indelible Kitchen

online arts journal, Richmond, Virginia, October, 2007

Ghost Whisperer Producer/Director John Gray

Touchstone Television Productions/CBS September, 2006 episode 251

Tusculum Review Mary Boyes and Richard Greenfield, editors
Greeneville, Tennessee Volume 2, 2006, 74-76.

Andrew Engelson “Visual Art Picks: James Cicatko”

Seattle Weekly Seattle, Washington July 20-26, 2005, 70.

Emanuele Rebuffini “ Atelier 31 a Torino”

Giovani Artisti Italiani 

Torino, Italy November, 2004

William Butler Yeats Complete Poems

painting used for book cover

Indialog Publications, editor: Debasmita Majumdar
New Delhi, India September, 2004.

Fionne Meade editor “2004 GAP award recipients”

Artist Trust Journal Seattle, Washington volume XI, no. 2, summer 2004

Andrew Engelson “Visual Art Picks”

Seattle Weekly  Seattle, Washington January 7-13, 2004, 60.

Florence Tonk “Amerika krijgt meer en meer een cultuur van censuur”

Extra! Amsterdam, Netherlands number 20-21, August 1, 2003

Lissa Brennan “Human Nature”

The Spectator Raleigh, North Carolina June 26-July 2, 2002, 30.

Mark Hornburg “Best Bets”

The Independent  Raleigh, North Carolina June 12-18, 2002, 37.

Michael Marshall: catalogue editor
“2002 National Drawing Exhibition”

University of Hawaii, Hilo, Hawaii February 4, 2002, 19.

Innovative Arts Education Grant, Ministry of Ontario
York University, Toronto, Ontario, 2016

Washington State Artist Trust GAP Grant 2004, 2013

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