5835 W. 177th Street
Farmington, MN 55024
Cate Vermeland teaches Photography, Community Art and Art History at Concordia University, St. Paul. She has been awarded a Jerome/MCAD Fellowship for Emerging Artists and has received First and Second Place awards for her photography at the Minnesota State Fair Annual Juried Exhibition. She also curates a Photography Biennial at Concordia, highlighting the diversity of Twin Cities photographers.
She studied photography at the University of Minnesota, under James Henkel and Gary Hallman, earning an MFA in 1993. In addition to her academic training, foundational to her photographic education was three summer workshops taken at the Maine Photographic Workshops in Rockport Maine.
Actively photographing since the age of 12 when she set up a darkroom in her basement, she still continues to learn something new about photography everyday and shares it with her students.
My photographs take note of the everyday, the quotidian, and the moments most often over-looked. They seek to recognize the quiet seconds, minutes, hours and the days spent waiting for the big events to occur. The images are about finding value and beauty in the commonplace.
In the empty spaces of the residential landscape I make pictures about the places people have lived and are living their lives. Photographs made through neighborhood walks of single family homes, apartment buildings, front yards, back alleys, sidewalks and boulevards all suggest a human presence lived over decades and centuries. Rather than telling its specific story, they seek to reflect back something long forgotten about the viewer?s life story.