2019 photo by Chris Madsen

2019 photo by Chris Madsen

cat palmer • 801.510.0827 • cat@catpalmer.com

born and raised in orange county, california, cat palmer developed her insatiable romance with photography at 15 years old, against the backdrop of los angeles… a place teeming with racial divides, cultural diversity, and economic inequality. her world view further evolved as she immersed herself in the streets of mexico, developing a new obsession that would plague her art, forever… human empowerment.

from 1995-1999, cat made an academic go of her art and then, traversing the unexpected technological revolution, joined professional digital in 2005. (she has never forgotten where her heart lies, and fully intends to replace the “dark side” with the “dark room,” one day.) regardless of the medium, she has exhibited all over the salt lake valley and has won many awards. cat's most recent project "go home trump" went viral. 

cat has devoted her craft to the expression of meaning through images, and has found a powerful voice in empowerment. she fights to bring awareness to equality, wage gap, reproductive rights and rape culture. 

her empowerment themes have been: self-esteem, peace, self-reliance, i am human, there’s no place like home, peace to the middle east, age of aesthetics in defying societies definition of beauty, super hero women, 'i have a secret', keep the politicians out of our VAGINA, transgender visibility and a series with an orwellian theme. 

cat is available for hire for portraits, family shoots, weddings, and corporate events. 



Invited Artist for The Utah Arts Festival 2007

Best Photographer • 2007 • Artys City Weekly

Best Photographer • 2008 • Artys City Weekly

Best in Show for 2-D Mixed Media, at Utah Arts Festival 2009

Best Photographer • 2011 • Artys City Weekly

Best Photographer • 2016 • Fabby Award From QSalt Lake Magazine

Best Visual Artist • 2016 • Fabby Award From QSalt Lake Magazine

Best Feminist • 2016 • Salt Lake City Weekly Best of Issue

Best Visual Artist • 2017 • Fabby Award from Q Salt Lake Magazine

Best Visual Artist • 2017 • Best of Utah City Weekly

Best Visual Artist • 2018 • Best of Utah City Weekly


2019, Smog Lake City, City Weekly, Scott Renshaw

2018, The New Utah Podcast

2017, The Hill, Protestors spell out "Go Home Trump"

2017, Democracy Now!, Thousands Protest

2017, Salt Lake Tribune, Protestors "Go Home Trump"

2017, OZY mini doc

2016, Episode 210, I Am Salt Lake Podcast (live)

2016, City Weekly, Q&A with art activist Cat Palmer, by Andrea Harvey

2016, SLUG magazine, Stranger No More, by Mariah Mann Mellus

2016, The Utah Daily Chronicle, Cat Got Your Tongue, Julie Hirschi

2016, Episode 9, Your Cr8tivity podcast

2015, Episode 177, I am Salt Lake Podcast

2015, Utah photographer sets table for edgier take on Last Supper, by Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune

2015, Let’s Go Eat Podcast with Bill Allred

2015, Episode 189 The Last Supper, I am Salt Lake Podcast

2015, Tightrope to the Sun Blog, Be Prolific, Emma J Phelps

2015, The Salt Life, Empowering Women Through Art by Deena Marie

2014, A Star Wars Art Exhibit for May the Fourth, by Sean Means

2013, Cat Palmer has hundreds of secrets, by Paul Duane

2013, Nomad Nouvelle, by Mandy

2012, Salt Lake Tribune, by Sean Means

2012, 15 Bytes, by Shawn Rossiter

2012, Finding Empowerment with Cat Palmer

2012, City Weekly, You Don't Own ME, Bill Frost

2012, Salt Lake Magazine Blog, The Utah Arts Festival

2010, SLUG magazine, Gallery Stroll, by Mariah Mellus

2010, The Salt Lake Tribune, A bold look at bald, by Daisy Blake

2010, Salt Lake City Weekly, Cat Palmer: Age of Aesthetics by Brian Staker

2010, ABC4, Interview for age of aesthetic shoot

2010, Fox 13 News, Interview for age of aesthetic shoot

2010, KUTV News, Interview for age of aesthetic shoot

2010, In This Week, Arts: Cat Palmer's Close Shave, by Daisy Blake

2009, The Rock Salt, Interview with KUTV, by Gavin Sheenan

2009, In This Week, Cover Story, Artist Profile, by Ryan Michael Painter

2009, Salt Lake City Weekly, Synergetics, by Brian Staker

2008, Women's Week 2008 Political is Personal: Activism Embodied

2008, Salt Lake Magazine, Words to live by (cover story)

2008, Salt Lake City Weekly, Photography

2008, The Daily Chronicle, Women’s Week: Camera critiques social issues

2007, The Salt Lake Tribune, To Hell & Back

2007, The Daily Chronicle, Art as Activism

2007, City Weekly, Gavin's Underground; Cat Palmer

2007, Deseret Morning News

2007, Catalyst

2007, Standard Examiner, The Human Factor

2007, Standard Examiner, Go!, Flashes of beauty…power…grace (cover story)


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