Catherine Ferguson’s work is featured in public and private collections across the region, including at major Nebraska museums such as the Sheldon Memorial Art Museum in Lincoln, the University of Nebraska at Omaha, the Museum of Nebraska Art and the Landmarks building. Awarded an Omaha Public Art Commission in 2004, Ferguson created Totem, a twenty-six-foot tall sculpture based on mythological effigy animals, installed at the entryway for Omaha’s Public Library Main Branch. The following year, she was selected to participate in the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts’ award-winning Artist-in-Industry Steel Collaboration Project with Valmont Industries, for which she created “Sky Fin,” on view at the main entrance of CHI Health Center Arena.
But Ferguson also works in a more quiet capacity to benefit the visual arts. She served six years as a board member for the Nebraska Arts Council and currently sits on the board for the Bemis Center for Contemporary’s Arts, an organization consistently listed in the top five of the nation’s Artist-in-Residency programs.
Above all, however, Ferguson is particularly well known for installations that are transcendent and transformative, and critics have noted the idealistic and often mythical quality intrinsic to her work.
Governor’s Award / Leonard Thiesen Award/ Nebraska Arts Council
Omaha Entertainment Awards / Best Visual Artist, Exhibition, 3-D
Community Arts Fellowship / Bemis Center for Contemporary Art
Omaha Public Art Commission
1% for the Arts Commission / Omaha Public Library
1% for the Arts Commission / University of Nebraska at Omaha