About Us

Waiting outside Manifesta 10 in St. Petersburg, Russia in 2014

Waiting outside Manifesta 10 in St. Petersburg, Russia in 2014

Russian Art Tour was founded by professional artist and graduate level professor, Cathy Locke, a decade ago. Today, Russian Art Tour employs graduates from Russia's finest universities.  The company was established to educate and expose people who love the arts from the perspective of an artist and graduate professor, not a tour operator.  "Standing in front of these amazing paintings that I’d never seen before, with such high quality and unique use of color, had a large impact on me," says Cathy. "Russia made a profound shift in the way I now go about creating my own artwork. I think it is an invaluable experience to go to Russia and I wanted to create a relaxing and safe way for people to learn about the art and culture there."

Licensed Tour Operator

Russian Art Tour is a licensed tour operator, headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Tour Operator: #2106213-40
TCRC#600545

 

About Cathy Locke

Cathy with her two borzois (Russian Wolf Hounds) – Sadie Star Celebration (left) and Augustus Star Thundering Fireball (right)

Cathy with her two borzois (Russian Wolf Hounds) – Sadie Star Celebration (left) and Augustus Star Thundering Fireball (right)

Cathy's artwork:  www.cathylocke.com

Having completed her MFA at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco in 2007, Cathy Locke now teaches for the academy's graduate department and works in a studio in a tiny enclave at the southern base of California’s wine country with her two borzois Sadie and Gus. Her track record spans multiple disciplines including fine art, illustration, graphic design and teaching. She is a seasoned creative professional with over 25 years of experience, who has worked with several Fortune 500 clients such as American Express, Bank of America, Kaiser Permanente and ITT. Her experience includes working with some of the world’s premier agencies, such as Pentagram, Grey Advertising, Landor, Foote Cone & Belding and Chiat/Day. Cathy has received accolades for her illustration and fine art from the Pastel Society of America, Art Directors Club of New York, Society of Illustrators in Los Angeles, Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists, CA Magazine and Campaign Papers. Cathy’s work has also been collected by both public and private institutions. Ms. Locke holds a BFA in graphic design from Art Center College of Design and a MFA in fine art painting from the Academy of Art University.