May Maylisa Cat

May Maylisa Cat is a multidisciplinary artist who examines the Southeast Asian diaspora through texts, images, objects, and personal recollections. She grew up in Chicago and graduated from the Cooper Union School of Art in New York, NY. Her projects have received support from multiple grants including the Precipice Fund from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Calligram Foundation, the Career Opportunity Grant from the Oregon Arts Commission, the New Media Fellowship from Open Signal, and the Individual Artist Project Grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council of Portland, OR.

May has attended residencies at Caldera Arts in Sisters, OR and Pittsburgh Glass Center Residency in Pittsburgh, PA in 2019. In 2020, she will be in future residencies at Wassaic Project in Wassaic, NY and the Labor Residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute in Santa Fe, NM. Her work has been featured in WWeek’s March edition with Shannon Gormley’s piece “May Cat’s Portland Exhibit Grapples With Thai Ghost Movies, Her Family History and Livestock Entrails” and in multiple online publications. She has spoken as a guest lecturer for Carnegie Mellon University School of Fine Art in Pittsburgh, PA and as a teaching artist for Caldera Arts in Sisters, OR. She is currently based in Portland, OR.


2020 Labor



Portland, OR USA