Mary Cathryn Roth was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1969. She was in the first high school graduating class of The Canterbury School in Fort Wayne in 1987. She received her BA in Managerial Studies, French and Art/Art History from Rice University in 1991 and her MFA in Painting and Photography from The City College of the City University of New York in 1996.
Roth has been exhibiting her work in the New York metropolitan area since the mid-1990’s and in the Hudson Valley since 2007. Additional exhibition history includes Fort Wayne, Houston, London, Paris, Pittsburgh, Skopje, Thessaloniki and Washington, D.C.
Residencies and awards include: residency in photography by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation to the Vermont Studio Center in 2003, residency and the St. Jovan Kukuzel Medal of Honor for Painting & Photography, Ministry of Emigration, Republic of Macedonia (2000), Kristine Croneis Sayres Senior Painting Award from Rice University (BA), Bull Travel Fellowship, Rice University French Department (permitted independent study in the artist studio for sixteen months in Paris and London), the Connor Painting Award (2) from The City College of New York (MFA).
Roth volunteered as a docent at the Museum of African Art from 1996-1998, worked as a Press Liaison for the International Center of Photography from 2000-2002, and photographer for the National Museum of the American Indian/Smithsonian Department of Education from 1998-2000. She currently lives and works in the Hudson Valley in Unionville, NY where she serves as a board trustee for the Village of Unionville. She is a Family Advisory Board Member of the Concussion Legacy Foundation. Roth is an adjunct assistant professor at SUNY Orange in the Departments of Arts and Communications teaching Introduction to Art, Drawing 2, Color Theory, Black and White Darkroom Photography & Digital Photography 1 & 2, and Yoga in the Department of Movement Sciences. Roth is a recipient of the 2021-2022 State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching.