EDUCATION: Bennington College, BA, University of Oregon, MFA
SELECTED EXHIBITS (*solo)
Esteem, Artists and Mentors, North Santiam Gallery, Linn Benton College, Albany, OR.
Liberal, Kittredge Gallery, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA.
Color Theory: Contemporary Abstraction, Perry & Carlson Gallery, Mt. Vernon, WA.
Views from Oregon: 16 Artists, Ucross Foundation Art Gallery, Clearmont, WY.
*Props & Propositions: ArtWorks Gallery, Corvallis, OR.
Unfiltered Kilter: Heidi Schwegler, Carl Diehl, Cara Tomlinson, White Box Gallery, Portland, OR.
Inside of an Outside: Cara Tomlinson & Filip Van Kerckhoeven Work Place Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium.
*Inside Armature, Carr Gallery, Willard Art Center, Idaho Falls, ID.
*Adjacent Possibles: Paintings, Sculptures and Video, Sarah Spurgeon Gallery, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA.
*Paintings and Sculpture, Fairbanks Art Gallery, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.
Skype Sklptr Studio, (collaboration with Susan Robb) Cornish Gallery, Cornish College for the Arts, Seattle, WA.
Centering the Margin, Root Division Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
Biotic Semiotics: Drawing on Signs from Nature, Allan Priebe Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Michelle Grabner curator.
*One to Other, Clough-Hanson Gallery, Rhodes College, Memphis, TN. (catalog)
*Sums: New Work, Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery for Contemporary Art, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR. (catalog)
*Occupied: small paintings, works on paper and objects, North View Gallery, PCC-Sylvania, Portland, OR.
*One and Many, Art in the Governor’s Office, State Capitol Building, Salem, OR.
Game Theory, Cornish Gallery, Cornish College Of Art, Seattle, WA. Curated by: Cable Griffith
Color/Colour: Ron Graff and Cara Tomlinson, Cannon Gallery, Western Oregon State University, Monmouth, OR.
*Somewhere and Nowhere: 12 paintings, Los Medanos College Art Gallery, Oakland, CA. Curated by: David Tallitsch
Drawing Discourse; National Contemporary Juried Drawing Exhibition, University of North Carolina-Asheville.
Play for Keeps, The Tribute Gallery, Portland, OR. Curated by: Elizabeth Lamb.
Bins Lab 3: Added Value, Salem Art Association Project Space II, Salem, OR.
*Simple Difficulties: new paintings and works on paper, Lower Columbia College Gallery, Rose Center for the Arts, WA.
The Grid, MP5 Gallery, Portland, OR. Curated by: TJ Norris
Considered Space, Archer Gallery, Clark College Vancouver, WA. Curated by: Marjorie Hirsch
Bins Lab 2: Second Growth, Soil Gallery Video Installation, Seattle, WA.
Bins Lab 1: Things Never Die, Portland Building Video Installation, Portland, OR.
*New Paintings, Mark Woolley Gallery, Portland, OR.
Faculty Exhibit, Hoffman Gallery, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR.
Art Slate 2007, Condon, OR. Curated by Henry Sayre
*Eye to Eye: Drawings and Paintings, Art and Cultures Gallery, Alverno College, Milwaukee, WI.
Ever Visiting, L.E. Philips Memorial Gallery, Eau Claire, WI.
Mapping, Art + Literature Laboratory, Erector Square Gallery, New Haven, CT.
Forward! Wisconsin Art Now, Charles Allis/Villa Terrace Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI. Curated: Eliza Smith, COCA Chicago
Wisconsin Biennial, Anderson Center, Kenosha, WI. Juried by: Lynn Warren, Curator, Chicago Contemporary Art Museum
The Conversation Piece (Video Installation Collaboration with Sean Regan), Earlville Opera House Gallery, Hamilton, NY.
One Thing & Another: The Subject of Digital Objects (Mel Friedling, Cara Tomlinson, Jane Marsching), Kirkland Art Center, Clinton, NY.
*New Paintings: Cara Tomlinson, Foster Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, WI.
The Conversation Piece (Video Installation Collaboration with Sean Regan), Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA.
Going In Circles, Fe Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA.
8 Hour Drawings IV, Allegheny College Bowman and Penelec Galleries, Meadville, PA.
Embedded, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA
Multisensory: Visual Responses to Memory and Synesthesia, Hera Gallery, Wakefield, RI.
Contemporary Drawing 2003, T.W. Gallery and Arts Center, Vermont College, Montpelier, VT.
*One to Another: Systems and Processes, Mark Woolley Gallery, Portland, OR.
Stratified, Artists Image Resource Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA.
Text and Texture, 6th Annual Saltonstall Show, State of the Art Gallery, Ithaca, NY.
Girl Thing (Marion Wilson, Melanie Franklin, Cara Tomlinson), Spark Gallery, Syracuse, NY.
*Drawings, Portland Repertory Theater Gallery, Portland, OR.
*New Paintings, Mark Woolley Gallery, Portland, OR.
*Paintings: Cara Tomlinson, Edith Barret Art Gallery, Utica College, Utica, NY.
Everson Biennial, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY. Curator: Joe Amrhein, Pierogi2000.
GRANTS, AWARDS, FELLOWSHIPS AND RESIDENCIES
2017 Whiteley Center Residency, Friday Harbor, WA.
2015 Willapa Bay Artist in Residency Program, Oysterville, WA.
2013 Career Opportunity Grant, Oregon Arts Commission, Salem, OR.
Ucross Foundation Residency, Ucross, WY.
Ford Family Foundation Residency Support Grant
2012 Individual Artist Fellowship, Oregon Arts Commission, OR.
Juror’s Prize, Biotic Semiotics, Allen Priebe Art Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Michelle Grabner, Juror.
2009 Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Fellowship, VA.
2008 Portland Building Installation Grant, Regional Arts and Culture Council, Portland, OR.
2007 Professional Development Grant, Regional Arts and Culture Council, Portland, OR.
2005 Margaret Rahill Memorial Award, Forward! Wisconsin Art Now
Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies Residency
Alverno College Exhibition Award, Wisconsin Artists Biennial
2002 Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Residency
2001 Constance Saltonstall Residency, Ithaca, NY.
PUBLICATIONS (Print and Online)
2018 FOA (Friend of the Artist), vol. 5, juried, Online and in print, 2018
2016 Views from Oregon (Artists and Ford Foundation Color Catalog). Invitational. Essay by Tad Savinar
2015 Workuntitled, Miami, FL. Interview and Images http://workuntitled.com/
2011 New American Paintings, No. 97 Pacific Coast Issue, juried by Anne Ellegood, curator Hammer Museum, CA.
1st International Painting Annual, ed. Franz, Manifest Creative Research Gallery Publication.
Cara Tomlinson, Sums: New Work, catalog, essays by: Mark Alice Durant, Hamlett Dobbins, Hoffman Gallery.
The Intention of Chance, catalog for the Exhibition: Game Theory, Cable Griffith, Cornish College of the Arts.
2010 Waste Book: Documenting Bins Lab, 2007-2009, catalog, 104 pages.
2009 Emerge, Midwest Art Zine, April 2009, vol. 2, issue 2. pp. 10-11.
2004 Audette, Anna, ed. 100 Creative Drawing Ideas, Shambhala Press, 2004. pp. 123-124.
Fidelity Investments Corporate Art Collection, Boston, MA.
Stoel Rives LLP, Portland, OR.
Ronna Hoffman Gallery of Art, Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR.
Private collections: Antwerp, Belgium; New York, NY; Santa Fe, NM, San Francisco, CA; Portland, OR; Baltimore, MD