Cathy Locke holds a BFA from Art Center College of Design and an MFA from Academy of Art University, both with honors. She currently teaches a variety of figurative courses in the graduate department at Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Locke has received accolades for her work from the Pastel Society of America, Art Directors Club of New York, Society of Illustrators in Los Angeles and Campaign Papers. She has received two Pastel 100 Awards placing her as one of the top 100 pastelists in the world. Public institutions for cities as well as colleges and universities have also collected her work. Locke’s clients include numerous private patrons across the United States, Canada and Europe. Every summer she lectures on both Russian and European art in Moscow and St. Petersburg; and she is currently writing a book on Russian art.Locke has had two museum shows in the last couple of years. One of which was a special honor where her work was hand selected from the Pastel Society of America's Annual Exhibition to show at the Butler Institute of American Art. The other was an exhibition at the Morris Graves Museum titled "Motion and Meaning."