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May Maylisa Cat


Based in Portland, OR

May Maylisa Cat (May Cat / เมย์แมว / เมย์เมริสาแมว)
is a multidisciplinary artist who examines the Southeast Asian diaspora through texts, images, objects, and personal recollections. She grew up in Chicago and graduated from the Cooper Union School of Art in New York, NY. Her projects have received support from multiple grants including the Precipice Fund from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Calligram Foundation, the Career Opportunity Grant from the Oregon Arts Commission, the New Media Fellowship from Open Signal, and the Individual Artist Project Grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council of Portland, OR.

May has attended residencies at Caldera Arts in Sisters, OR and Pittsburgh Glass Center Residency in Pittsburgh, PA in 2019. In 2020, she will be in future residencies at Wassaic Project in Wassaic, NY and the Labor Residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute in Santa Fe, NM. Her work has been featured in WWeek’s March edition with Shannon Gormley’s piece “May Cat’s Portland Exhibit Grapples With Thai Ghost Movies, Her Family History and Livestock Entrails” and in multiple online publications. She has spoken as a guest lecturer for Carnegie Mellon University School of Fine Art in Pittsburgh, PA and as a teaching artist for Caldera Arts in Sisters, OR. She is currently based in Portland, OR.

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Jumpsuits by Nina Vichayapai, Photo by DB Amorin

Special thanks to the following supporters and funders:

Alliance of Artists Communities

Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts + the Calligram Foundation

Caldera Arts

Ford Family Foundation

Open Signal

Oregon Arts Commission

Pittsburgh Glass Center

Precipice Fund

Regional Arts and Culture Council

Sam and Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts

Santa Fe Art Institute

Tender Table

Wassaic Project