Cathryn Shine’s creative and academic research is in the fine art disciplines of photography, printmaking and drawing.
Former Associate Professor Cathryn Shine is a Fulbright Scholar (2015/16), a former Dean of the Faculty of Creative Arts (2007 to 2010 extended in 2011), University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, a practicing artist with an international profile and extensive creative and academic outputs, a curator of multi-national exhibitions, and a university academic with over thirty years of teaching and research experience.
Shine was honoured with a 2015/16 Fulbright Scholar Award to develop new collaborative research between scientists and artists for the project ‘Addressing Hawaiian Endangered Species through Art, Science, Culture and Identity’. She has also been the recipient of two other international research fellowships; the inaugural Howard and Yonoke Droste Research Fellow at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, USA in 2011 and Visiting International Research Fellow, University of Newcastle, Australia in 2005.
In 2005, Shine developed a long-term collaborative research project ‘Italian Gardens and Gardeners’ with 17 Italian universities and 30 private gardens and institutions. This research crosses between fine art and documentary photography, printmaking and installation.
Shine has taught in four universities; the University of Auckland, New Zealand, the University of Newcastle, Australia, the University of Hawai’i at Hilo, USA and at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand from 1986 to 2015.
Over an artistic career of 40 plus years she has engaged with many projects ranging from abstract drawings through to fine art printmaking and documentary photography. She has exhibited her work internationally and nationally in analogue and digital photography, drawings and all major printmaking processes.
Shine is also the Director of the ‘Pacific Rim International Print Exhibition’, a prestigious international print biennale that celebrates contemporary printmaking from traditional to digital prints.