Catherine Sullivan studied at the California Institute of the Arts where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting and in 1997 received her MFA from the Art Center College of Design, Pasedena, CA. Her work addresses cultural regimentation and assimilation as it relates to the codification of behavior. Exhibitions include the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; UCLA Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; The Renaissance Society, Chicago; The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Biennale de Lyon and Opera de Lyon, France; Volksbühne, Berlin, Germany; Kunsthalle Zurich; Secession, Vienna and Kunstverein Braunschweig, Germany and Tate Modern, London. She is represented in the United States by Metro Pictures Gallery in New York, and Richard Telles Fine Art in Los Angeles, and in Europe by Galerie Catherine Bastide, Brussells, Galerie Christian Nagel, Berlin, and Galeria Gio Marconi, Milan.
Projects range from work with film and video installation to live theatre. Awards include: Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (2004/5), Herb Alpert Foundation (2004), Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation (2003), and Etants Donnèes (2002).
Selected collections include: Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; UCLA Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Rubell Family Foundation, Miami; Musée d'Art Contemporain Lyon, France; Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy; Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation, Torino, Italy; Geotz Collection, Munich, Germany, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, and Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna.