Biography

Cathy Halstead

Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation co-founder Cathy Halstead is an abstract painter and has shown her art around the world for more than two decades. She is on the board of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and Storm King Art Center.

Cathy and her husband Peter Halstead founded the Digital Scholarship Lab in the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library at Brown University, where Cathy is a Member Emerita of the Corporation. The Halsteads are trustees of the Sidney E. Frank Foundation, which makes over ninety grants annually to charities in the United States, Ireland, and England. Grantees include Storm King Art Center, National Theatre, San Diego Youth Symphony, Glyndebourne, California Shakespeare Theater, Chamber Music Society, and the Aspen Music Festival and Bravo! Vail festival.

In 2016, Cathy and Peter founded Tippet Rise Art Center, inspired by art sites and sculpture parks including Storm King Art Center, TICKON International Centre for Art and Nature in Denmark, la Fondation Maeght in Saint-Paul de Vence, Snape Maltings in England, and the Bravo! Vail and Aspen Music Festivals. Located on a 12,000-acre working ranch in Montana, Tippet Rise joins music, art, and architecture against the background of its stunning natural landscape, presenting concerts by acclaimed classical musicians and exhibiting site-specific contemporary outdoor sculpture. The foundation has also supported the digital recording and broadcast of Glyndebourne’s La Traviata and Don Pasquale, and Roundabout Theatre’s production of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest with Brian Bedford on Broadway. In England, it has digitized the film archives of the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and Shakespeare’s Globe. It has also digitized the recording archives of the Cleveland Orchestra and provided high-end audio equipment to the Aspen Music Festival and the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Cathy and Peter have two wonderful daughters and two adorable grandchildren.

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Photo by Matthew Thompson