Céline Downen pieces together community voices with elements of her natural surroundings to create a sense of place. Her artistic process can be summed up in three words: gather, piece, and stitch. Gather represents the collecting of materials, piece is the various processes used, and stitch is the end result, how everything comes to fruition. Trained as a photographer, Céline also explores mediums such as printmaking, book arts, and sculpture. She recently completed UMOCA's first Educator-in-Residence program.
Céline grew up in Salt Lake City and moved to Evanston, IL when she was eleven. She graduated with a B.A. in Photography from Columbia College Chicago in 1996, returning to Utah in 2006. In 2016, she completed a MFA in Community-Based Art Education at the University of Utah. She is a member of the Downtown Artist Collective and is a freelance art educator.