A Pacific Northwest native, Catherine Person was raised with a family tradition of entrepreneurship. Her Russian grandfather, Max Person, immigrated to San Francisco in 1915, and made Seattle his home a year later. Max was a natural salesman and soon became self-employed, running his own businesses for more than fifty years. Catherine’s father, Dave, ran a successful real estate firm for forty years in King County.

Catherine graduated from the Evergreen State College in 1976 and after a five month stay working in Hawaii, moved to Seattle in 1977. She had the good fortune of finding free-lance work in the local art scene soon after arrival and produced a number of projects for One Reel and The Bumbershoot Arts Festival.

In 1987, Catherine opened her art advisory firm in Seattle to support independent artists, working with everyone from first-time buyers to corporate curators. Clients have included Nordstrom, Microsoft, Unisys, Boeing, Safeco, Puget Sound Energy, Olson Kundig Architects, Swedish Medical Center and the Westin Hotel in Lincoln Square.

From September 2005 – June 2011, Catherine Person Gallery was located in Seattlle’s historic Pioneer Square, with a focus on contemporary art by artists from Tokyo to Tasmania and from around the United States – but who are mainly working and residing in the Pacific Northwest. Catherine continues to place fine art in corporate and residential collections, working from a private office and enjoying life without the constraints of a brick and mortar business. Catherine represented retail businesses on the Pioneer Square Preservation Board for four years, which oversees all exterior architectural changes to storefronts, sidewalks, parks and new construction through a review process.

Seattle Times, May 2011 on Catherine Person Gallery:
Seattle Channel 21′s Art Zone has a new program called ‘Gallery Hop’ with Nancy Guppy. The CPG interview is at: http://www.seattlechannel.org/videos/video.asp?ID=3280703

Orignal Format: HD Video
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Produced by Dave Cramton