Tomboy – Opening Reception | June 5

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Tomboy: The Art of Nancy Cato

Curators Nancy Cato and Melorra Green
June 5, 2014 – September 18
Opening Reception, June 5, 2014 6PM-9PM
Sargent Johnson Gallery, 1st Floor
Free Event – donations welcome.

This exhibition, a solo show for artist Nancy Cato, speaks to the various judgments about and misinterpretations of ‘tomboys’.

Words from Nancy: In my catholic grade school, I recall walking up the steps with one of the sisters and decided to make the journey back to my class a little faster by taking 2 steps at a time. Sister Rita said, ” Nancy!  That’s not ladylike.” Why? I thought, but inside I knew.

With the use of pen and ink illustrations, Nancy Cato will unleash a good chunk of her thoughts of what it meant for her growing up as a Tomboy. The good, the bad, and the attempt to find self-love in a world full of dollies, dresses and tea parties.

For more information on Nancy Cato and her work, visit her website at


TOMBOYIMG_3116-2Nancy Cato, born and raised in New Haven, has been creating whimsical and socially conscious illustrations for the past 10 yrs. In 2000 she started her own company, Cato Creations designing t-shirts, greeting cards and logos for local businesses. In most of her work you will find that Cato’s illustrations primarily center on the individual. The issue being addressed may affect the community at large, but for her the individual creates the community. This invites the viewer into an environment that hopefully becomes theirs.