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Catherine Underhill

Executive Director


I’m a Syracuse native, the middle of seven kids (yes, Irish Catholic lineage), and spent all my summers at my family’s camp at Brantingham Lake – also inside the Blue Line and just around the bend from Old Forge – where I fell in love with all activities related to water, and running barefoot everywhere.

Over the course of a long career in arts management, I’ve lived in Boston (twice), Boulder (twice), and Atlanta (once), but most of my post-college life was in Colorado where my husband Steve and I raised three fabulous humans who are now all grown up and living their own adventures.

At 17 I spent a year in Peru, high in the Andes in the ancient Incan capital Cuzco, as an exchange student. I arrived with three years of high school French under my belt, so I was basically mute for the first month
or so. But I didn’t need language to absorb the arts and culture of that amazing place – architecture, music, dance, clothing and fabrics, food and festivals – and I think that experience is the root of my belief that the arts are unique in their power to inspire, engage, and connect us.

In July of 2022, I joined the fabulous team at View, and I feel so lucky to be here, at the intersection of
the arts and Adirondacks. Please come visit, and experience all that View has to offer. It’s amazing!

Things that inspire me (in addition to the arts in all forms)

  • Falling snow
  • Swimming – especially underwater
  • Gardening (but not so much with all the deer)
  • My family
  • “Blue & Green” days (as my Mom used to say)
  • Kindness