Catherine Chalmers is an artist and filmmaker who works at the intersection of science and nature. She does extensive research for each of her long-term, multimedia projects, and a direct engagement with the natural world is central to her practice. She has exhibited her artwork worldwide, including MoMA P.S.1, New York; MassMoca, North Adams; Kunsthalle Vienna; The Today Art Museum, Beijing; among others. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Time Out New York, ArtNews, Artforum and on PBS, CNN, NPR, and the BBC. 

Two books have been published on her work: FOOD CHAIN (Aperture 2000) and AMERICAN COCKROACH (Aperture 2004). Her video “Safari” won Best Experimental Short at SXSW Film Festival in 2008.  She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2010 and a Rauschenberg Residency in 2015. From 2016-2018 she was a Fellow at the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art. In 2018 she created a course called Art & Environmental Engagement and taught it at Stanford University. Her video “Leafcutters” won Best Environmental Short at the 2018 Natourale Film Festival in Wiesbaden, Germany, and the Gil Omenn Art & Science Award at the 2019 Ann Arbor Film Festival. She holds a B.S. in Engineering from Stanford University and an M.F.A. in Painting from the Royal College of Art in London.