Caitlin Perkins is a self-described “thrifty yankee girl” from northern New Hampshire where she attended a three-room schoolhouse in the village of Jackson. She escaped the woods to the desert to get her BFA in Fine Arts from the University of New Mexico, but fell in love with the city of brotherly love shortly after arriving in Philadelphia for graduate school. She received her MFA in Printmaking and Book Arts from The University of the Arts. By day she works as the Director of Continuing Education and Special Programs at her alma mater, UArts. In her free time, she is renovating a South Philly row home for herself and her adopted dog Mildred.
She was a founding member of the Philadelphia Center for the Book and is an alumni of the artist collective Space 1026 in Philadelphia.
Her artwork includes prints, artist books and installations and draws heavily on the visual vernacular of urban streets and historical collections. She is particularly obsessed with 19th Century sea exploration, 18th Century literature, natural science museums and menageries.