b. 1983 Salt Lake City, Utah

2006 BFA, Drawing and Painting, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah

solo exhibiton (forthcoming), Contemporary Utah Art Center, Apr-June 2016, Salt Lake City, UT
solo exhibition (forthcoming), University of Tennesee Knoxville, Feb 2016, Knoxville, TN
No Man’s Land: Women Artists from the Rubell Family Collection, Dec 2015-Aug 2016, Miami, FL
Fantastical Vizcaya, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Dec 2015, Miami, FL
Littlest Sister 2015, Spinello Projects, Dec 2015, Miami, FL
Voces Feroces curated by Micol Hebron, Centro Cultural Matucana 100, Nov. 2015 Santiago, Chile
All Media Juried Biennial, The Arts and Culture Center of Hollywood, Sept 2015, Hollywood FL
The Collabo Show 5, Backhouse Art Complex, Aug-Sept 2015, Miami FL
The Lawn, solo show, Swenson Shots II curated by Justin H. Long, July 2015, Miami FL
Paper Route 66, BranvinLee Programs, May-Jul 2015, New York NY
Auto Body, May 2015, Faena Art Center, Buenos Aires, Argentina
THE GALLERY POSTER PROJECT, May 2014, Women Made Gallery Chicago, IL
Utah Ties juried by Mara McCarthy, Mar 2015 Contemporary Utah Art Center, Salt Lake City, UT
Locally Sourced, Jan-Mar 2015 American University Museum, Jan 2015, Washington DC
grand opening video screening, The Situation Room, Feb 2015, Los Angeles, CA
Happy Endings, Dec 2014-Jan 2015, Miami, FL
Auto Body, Dec 2014, Miami FL
Ping-Pong, Dec 2014/June 2015, Miami FL/Basel, Switzerland
Cast Set, solo exhibition, Emerson Dorsch Gallery, May 2014, Miami, FL
Utah Ties juried exhibitions, Contemporary Utah Art Center, March 2014, Salt Lake City, UT
Free Form Film Festival, Contemporary Utah Art Center, October 2013, Salt Lake City, UT
The Collabo Show 4, Miami, FL, August 2013
Calamity & Ruin with the Oh Nancy project, Project 772, March 2013, NYC, NY
After the End, Contemporary Utah Art Center, December 2012-January 2013, Salt Lake City, UT
(e)merge Art Fair special project, October 2012, Washington D.C.
Co/Lab at Art Platform Los Angeles curated by Adam Bateman, September 2012 Los Angeles, CA
Optic Nerve 14, juried video program, Museum of Contemporary Art, September 2012, Miami, FL
DWNTWN Art Days project curated by Southernmost Situations, The Corner, September 2012, Miami, FL
Blankland with the Oh Nancy project, Torrance Art Museum, July 2012, Los Angeles, CA
FAX, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, March-June 2012, Salt Lake City, UT
passage, Sam Weller’s Bookstore, October 2011, Salt Lake City, UT
timbre solo exhibition, Stolen & Escaped Gallery, September 2011, Salt Lake City, UT
Twin Twin, Pierogi Gallery, September 2011 Brooklyn, NY
counterform juried group exhibition, J Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah, September 2011, Salt Lake City, UT
West of Center curated by Micol Hebron, Jancar Gallery, July 2011, Los Angeles, CA
Salt Lake Biennial, House Gallery, July 2011, Salt Lake City, UT
Lawn Gnomes Eat Your Hearts Out, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, May 2011, Salt Lake City, UT
Go West curated by Jill Dawsey, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, October 2010- January 2011, Salt Lake City, UT
Cinderbox, collaborative exhibition with Mary Toscano, Central Utah Art Center, September 2010, UT
Into The White, collaborative exhibition with Mary Toscano, Kayo Gallery, May 2010, Salt Lake City, UT
Paper Palace pop-up exhibition with Kenny Riches, Slowtrain Records, February 2010, Salt Lake City, UT
palais de cendres, Kayo Gallery storefront, September 2009, Salt Lake City, UT
Apt 44B in 44 Berry Street, juried group exhibition, June 2009, Willamsburg, NY
Kayo Gallery, anniversary group exhibitions, 2007-2012
Present Tense juried group exhibition, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, June-October 2008, Salt Lake City UT
two-person exhibition with Jason Metcalf, Kayo Gallery, June 2008
Talkies, Saan’s Gallery, January 2008, Salt Lake City UT
337 Project community installation project, May 2007, Salt Lake City UT
Accretion solo exhibition, Circle Lounge, August 2006, Salt Lake City, UT
fundraiser/group exhibition for Artspeak magazine, The Pickle Company, June 2006, Salt Lake City, UT
University of Utah BFA senior show (juried), Utah Arts Alliance, May 2006, Salt Lake City, UT
University of Utah Student Show (juried), Gittins Gallery, April 2006, Salt Lake City, UT

Shared Space, Pentwater, MI, June 2015
A-Z West/High Desert Test Sites (open season), Joshua Tree, CA, November 2014
Birch Creek Residency, UT. September 2010

Best in Show juror’s prize, Utah Ties, 2015
Locust Project’s Supper Club mini-grant
Salt Lake City Mayor’s Artist Award (Visual Arts) 2012

“In a Former Auto Body Shop in Miami, Video and Performance Art by Women” by Jillian Steinhauer. hyperallergic.com. December 6, 2014
“Women-Led "Auto Body" Explores Breadth of Human Emotion Through Film, Performance” by Hans Morgenstern, The Miami New Times, December 2014
“Cara Despain, Cast Set” by Liz Shannon. The Miami Rail, fall 2014
“Sitting ‘round the campfire with the very vivid Cara Despain” by John Hood. culturedesigners.com, July 25 2014
“Arts Preview: Cara Despain's Timbre" by Daisy Blake. The Salt Lake Tribune, September 2011
“Timbre: A Solo Exhibition by Cara Despain” by Brian Staker. The Salt Lake City Weekly, September 2011
“Cara Despain whispers “timbre”” by Glen Warchol. The Salt Lake Tribune, September 2011
booooooom.com, February 2011
Catalog for Cinderbox, Central Utah Art Center publication, essay by Adam Bateman. November 2010
“Into The White” By Ben Fulton. The Salt Lake Tribune, May 2010
“Cara Despain & Mary Toscano: Into The White” By Brain Staker. Salt Lake City Weekly, May 2010
"'Present Tense' art rises from dust of 337 project Eclectic group gathers again for new exhibit at SLAC" by Julie Checkoway. The Salt Lake Tribune September 2008.
"Unmonumental's Arrival: Rachel Salamone & Christopher Wawrinofsky at Nobrow and Cara Despain at Kayo" by Geoff Wichert. 15Bytes.org July 2008.
"Visual Cues: Departing gallery director Kenny Riches names 25 local artists who should be on your radar" by Kenny Riches. City Guide 2008.
"337: More than 100 artists turn a crumbling downtown building into one big canvas... then wait for its imminent demolition" by Jamie Gadette. City Weekly May 2007.