About Me

Pamela Caughey grew up in Wisconsin, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from UW-Madison in 1983.

After moving with her family to Hamilton, MT in 1986, she began her serious study of art, and in 2010 received her MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Montana School of Art.

She works in many media, with special interest in cold wax/oil, encaustic, mixed media and acrylic.


Her work is in the permanent collection of several museums (Missoula Art Museum, Holter Museum of Art, Nicolaysen Museum of Art) and public buildings nationally and internationally and her work appears in the newly published book by Rebecca Crowell and Jerry McLaughlin, “Cold Wax Medium: Techniques, Concepts, Conversations”.

After teaching foundations courses at the University of Montana, Bitterroot College (Hamilton, Montana), she is now a full time studio artist and teaches worldwide through here online Art School, ArtandSuccess.com.


  • PO BOX 395206 Lupfer Avenue, Ste. 102Whitefish, MT 59937
  • (406) 730-8680
  • www.cawdreygallery.com

  • info@nancycawdrey.com
  • The Art Spirit Gallery415 Sherman AvenueCoeur d'Alene, ID 83814
  • (208) 765-6006 
  • www.theartspiritgallery.com

  • info@TheArtSpiritGallery.com
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.S. Biochemistry, 1983

  • University of Montana, School of Art, MFA Drawing and Painting, 2010

Solo Exhibitions

  • Cawdrey Gallery, Whitefish, Montana, July 2023.
    Marmot Art Space, Spokane, WA, Jan – February, 2023.

  • MOSCOW Contemporary, Moscow, Idaho, Oct – Dec, 2022

  • University of Wisconsin – Madison, School of Genetics and Biotechnology, April 2018.

  • Holter Museum of Art, Sherman Gallery, Simply Not, Helena, MT, January 20-April 20.
    Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, NJ; Ubiquitous, January – March.

  • Nicolaysen Museum, Ubiquitous, Casper, WY; May 13-Sept 18.

  • Missoula Art Museum, Missoula, MT, Ubiquitous: Migration of Pathogens.
    Hockaday Museum of Art, Kalispell, MT, Terra Strata.

  • Holter Museum of Art, Nicholson Gallery, Helena, MT; Disposition.
    Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture, Bozeman, MT; Disquietude.
    Spokane Falls Community College, Disquietude, Spokane, WA.

  • Gallery of Visual Arts, University of Montana, Disquietude.

  • University Center Gallery, University of Montana, Half-Life.

Two-Person And Group Exhibitions

  • Art Spirit Gallery, Entropy, Coeur d’ Alene, ID, Mar 4 – 26, 2023.

  • Radius Gallery, Sense Beyond Desire, Group Exhibition, Missoula, Montana.
    Texas A&M, Wax Applications, Curated by Jane Cornish Smith, March 22-April 11, 2021.

  • Museum of Encaustic Art, Museum's Permanent Collection from July 20 - Sept 15. SANTA FE, NM
    UMT Alumni exhibit, Zoobrew, May 5-29th, 2019

  • Shape/Shift
    Radius Gallery, Missoula, MT, Shape/Shift, Jan 26 – Feb 24

  • Radius Gallery, Missoula, MT, Mind Fields, Sept 29 – Nov 4
    Studio Aureo, Rome, Italy, September

  • Mediolanum Gallery, Padova, Italy, Neutral-ism, 11 November – 12 December
    Radius Gallery, Missoula, MT, Changing Moment, May – June

  • Holter Museum, Permanent Collection Exhibition, Sept – Dec.
    Aurum Museum, Neutral-ism, Pescara, Italy, Sept.
    Turman Larison Contemporary, Mined, Helena, MT, Aug 21 – Sept 19.
    Linus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, Angst (online juried international exhibition).
    Radius Gallery, Missoula, MT, Scapes – Land/Sea/Mind, Jun 11- Aug 8.
    Radius Gallery, Missoula, MT, Form in Action, Mar 11 – Apr 18.
    Missoula Art Museum, 2015 Triennial.
    Missoula Art Museum, 43rd Annual Benefit Auction

  • Clay Studio of Missoula, Missoula, MT, Potsketch.
    Missoula Art Museum, Missoula, MT, 42nd Annual Benefit Auction.

  • Hockaday Museum of Art, Kalispell, MT, Of the Earth.
    Missoula Art Museum, Missoula, MT, 41st Annual Benefit Auction.
    Clay Studio of Missoula, Missoula, MT, Potsketch.

  • Missoula Art Museum’s Montana Triennial 2012.
    Holter Museum of Art, 25th Anniversary Auction Exhibition, Helena, MT.
    Ravalli County Museum, Science in Wonderland, Hamilton, MT.
    Clay Studio of Missoula, Missoula, MT, Potsketch.
    Holter Museum of Art, Peter Held Gallery, Helena, MT; two-person.
    10th NW Biennial, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA.
    Missoula Art Museum, Missoula, MT, 40th Annual Benefit Auction.

  • The Holter Museum, Sherman Gallery, Holter Holiday Exhibition.
    The Brink, Missoula, MT, Mindscapes, two-person collaborative exhibition.
    Art City, Hamilton, MT, Microscapes; two-person.
    Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT, 18th Annual Holter Museum of Art Auction.
    Clay Studio of Missoula, Missoula, MT; Potsketch.
    Caladan Gallery, Cambridge, MA; Duplicity, Triplicity, Infinity, Online Exhibition.
    Missoula Art Museum, Missoula, MT, 39th Annual Benefit Auction.

  • Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT, Montana Landscape.
    Catalyst, Missoula, MT, Journeys in Microspace, two-person exhibition.
    Ravalli County Museum, Hamilton, MT.

  • The Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM, Crossing.
    Northcutt Steele Gallery, Billings, MT, Language of Dislocation.
    Missoula Art Museum, Missoula, MT, Annual Benefit Art Auction.

  • Gallery of Visual Arts, University of Montana, 14th Annual Juried Student Art Show.
    Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO, Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition.

Permanent Collections

  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, School of Genetics and Biotechnology, Ubiquitous, Migration of Pathogens, Installation, 8'x13ft, 2019.
  • Nicolaysen Museum, Casper, Wyoming, Glass Etchings, 2016.
  • University of Montana, Chemistry Building; Osmosis (Encaustic, 36x36in), Chem 101 (Encaustic, 36x36in), 2015.
  • Kaiser Permanente, Northern CA, Ebola, graphite drawing, 2015.
  • Missoula Art Museum, Microscapes, handmade book of etchings, 2013.
  • Holter Museum of Art, Eccentricity, 24×18”, encaustic, 2012.
  • Montana Museum of Art and Culture: Earth and Sky, 10”x8”, History, 10”x8”, encaustic, 2009.
  • Montana Museum of Art and Culture; Skaggs Building, Rock of Ages, Shattered Scape, 2007.

Scholarships And Awards

  • July 2015, semi-finalist per cent for art, Chemistry Building, University of Montana Campus (still in process).
  • June 2015, Blue Ribbon, Radius Gallery SCAPES Exhibition
  • December 2013, Finalist, Montana Arts Council Innovation Award
  • December 2011, Finalist, Montana Arts Council Innovation Award
  • April, 2010, Gilbert Millikan Art Scholarship
  • November, 2009, Thomas Leslie Wickes and Heloise Vinal Wickes Scholarship in Fine Arts
  • May, 2009, Nancy and Ron Erickson Scholarship
  • May, 2009, Fell-Oskins Scholarship
  • April, 2008, Fell-Oskins Scholarship
  • University of Montana,14th Annual Juried Student Art Show, Third Place Overall, 2008.
  • Montana Watermedia Society National Juried Exhibition, Nancy Beelman Merit Award, 2007.
  • Montana Watermedia Society National Juried Exhibition, Canyon Creek Award, 1991.

Publications, Articles, and Interviews

Western Art and Architecture, October/November 2020 Issue.

DESTIG, Issue 8, July 2020.

Museum of Encaustic Art, Santa Fe, NM
50 States/200 Artists Encaustic Exhibition, July 20 – Sept 15, 2019.

Encaustic Arts Magazine, Winter 2018 issue.

Cold Wax: Techniques, Concepts and Conversations, by Rebecca Crowell and Jerry McLaughlin, 2017

Missoulian, Ravalli Republic, “Honey of an ArtForm: Encaustic artist on painting with beeswax, pushing out of comfort zone, April 10, 2015 Entertainer.

Missoulian, Ravalli Republic, Great Falls Tribune, “Ubiquitous: Migration of Pathogens, Missoula Art Museum” – currently in process, July 2014.

MT Radio, Missoula, MT; Thursday, July 31, 2014.

Your Time, “Disposition”, Thursday, June 2012.

Bozeman Chronicle, “Disquietude”, Friday, March 9, 2012.

Ravalli Republic, “Microscapes: Hamilton artist’s work part of Tacoma Art Museum’s 10th Northwest Biennial exhibit”, 2012.

Ravalli Republic, “Science and art: Art City hosts artwork inspired by scientific discoveries and three-dimensional pieces,” by Whitney Bermes, August 19, 2011.

The Entertainer, “Hamilton artist’s UM exhibit examines influence of terrorism,fear“, Missoulian, Friday, November 26, by Joe Nickell.

Ravalli Republic, “Fearfully beautiful: Hamilton artist’s show takes on fear and national security,” by Joe Nickell, November 26, 2010.

Crossing, 2009 color catalog, cover image, “Sarin,” encaustic on panel, 6×6;” Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM.

Ravalli Republic, “Artist’s Journey Explores Inner Spirit,” Friday, June 27, 2008, pg. 2, Georgia Kay, Arts and Entertainment Editor.

Missoula Living Magazine, February/March 2007, “Pam Caughey: When the Paint Meets the Paper,” by Brian D’Ambrosio.

The Clark Fork Journal, “Pam Caughey: Local Flavor, Worldly Sophistication; Multifaceted artist’s spontaneous works develop from natural feelings without constraint,” July 2006, pg. 3, 12, Brian D’Ambrosio, Editor.

The Entertainment Connection, “Combinations Overlay, Parallel Nature’s Forms,” Ravalli Republic, Friday, June 23, 2006, pg. 2, 11.

Best of Watercolor, Painting Light and Shadow, 1997, North Light Books, p. 107; “Hanging Baskets,” 22 x 30 transparent watercolor selected for this volume.

ArtandSuccess (Online Art School)

Learn More

September 2011-December 2013 – Faculty, Bitterroot College of UMT, Hamilton, MT;
Visual Language Drawing, 2D Color and Design, and Sculpture Foundation Classes.


  • Mulranny, Ireland, September 20th - 27th, 2024; Methods of Abstraction in Encaustic Workshop.
    Mark Arts, 1307 N. Rock Road, 5 - 6 January 2024, Exploring Methods of Abstraction Workshop.

  • Cold Wax/Oil – Beginners, Jan 15-17, 2021 Online via Zoom
    Cold Wax/Oil – Beginners – Tips, Techniques and Best Practices (SOLD OUT)
    (Hosted by Pocosin Arts, School of Fine Craft, Columbia, NC)
    LIVE Zoom Workshop, APRIL 10 and 17th, 2021 4-6pm EST.
    Acrylic/Mixed Media – TIPS and Techniques (Beginner – Advanced) (SOLD OUT)
    (Hosted by Pocosin Arts, School of Fine Craft, Columbia, NC)
    LIVE Zoom Workshop, March 6 and March 13, 2021 2-4pm.

  • January 17-21, Miami, FL: Visionary Projects (host)
    March 28-31, Mineral Point, WI: Shake Rag Alley (host)
    August 21-24, New York City, NY: Visionary Projects (host)
    September 13-16, Richardson, TX: Powerful Design/Personal Color, 214-405-5993. (Bonny Leibowitz Encaustic Studio, host)
    October 18-26, 2019, Oaxaca City, MEXICO BELLISSIMA ART ESCAPES (host)

  • Takapuna, New Zealand, February 11-15 (Cullowhee Mountain Arts, host)
    Snowhill, MD, May 22-25 (Cullowhee Mountain Arts, host)
    Western Carolina University, NC, June 18-22, Master Class (Cullowhee Mountain Arts, host)
    Hamilton, MT, Sept 21-24, Master Class II
    San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, October 13-21, BELLISSIMA ART ESCAPES (host)

  • Shake Rag Alley, Mineral Point, WI; June 8-11
    CULLOWHEE MOUNTAIN ARTS, Lake Logan, NC, August 15-18
    Pleasant View Grange, Boulder CO, Sept 20-23
    Shake Rag Alley, Mineral Point, WI; June, October 5-8 and October 16-19 (Master Class, Cold Wax/Oil); 2017; Cold Wax/Oil Workshop.

  • Shake Rag Alley, Mineral Point, WI; June 2016 Cold Wax/Oil Workshop.

Lectures/Artist Talks

Holter Museum of Art, Artist Talk, “Simply Not”, Helena, MT; 2017.
Missoula Art Museum, Four Gallery/Artist Talks, “Ubiquitous”, Missoula, MT; 2014.
UM Western/MAEA Association/Lubrecht Conference Facility, 1 credit workshop; 2013.
Ravalli County Museum/Public Lecture, “Science in Wonderland, Hamilton, MT, 2012.
Missoula Art Museum/Point of View Talk, “Montana Triennial: 2012.
Hamilton Golden Age Club, Slide presentation for Community Liaison Group, 2012.
Spokane Falls Community College, “Disquietude” gallery talk; 2012.
Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture, Disquietude slide presentation/gallery talk; 2012.
University of Montana, Solarplate Demonstration, Advanced Printmaking; 2011.
Missoula Art Museum, Missoula, MT, 39th Benefit Art auction, Artist Talk; 2011.
Ravalli County Museum, Hamilton, MT, Drawing Workshop; 2010.
University of Montana, Graduate Teaching Assistant; Art 101, Drawing; 2010.
University of Montana; Fall/Spring 2009, Lecture, “Art in the Age of Terrorism”, Art 203, 2010.