Cathy Gendron

Since 1987, Cathy Gendron has pursued her passions for painting and teaching by combining a very successful freelance illustration career with a position of adjunct instructor at CCS.

Beginning her post-college life as an illustrator/designer at the Ann Arbor News, she became the Creative Services Manager in 1981, eventually joining Detroit Free Press as Art Director in 1984.

Her paintings have appeared in numerous publications for the editorial, book and corporate markets, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Dallas Morning News, Newsweek, US News and World Reports, Utne Reader, Seventeen, McGraw Hill, The Penguin Group, Kensington Publishing, IBM, Target and Saatchi & Saatchi.

She has won awards from, among others, Communications Arts Magazine, Print Magazine, Society of Publications Designers and the Detroit Creative Directors Council.

She is also passionate about giving back to her community. A past board member of the Ann Arbor Art Center, she currently serves on the Ann Arbor Public Art Commission, which oversees public art projects for the City of Ann Arbor.

See Cathy’s work at

  • Adjunct Faculty

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