group shows


Panopticon Gallery (Boston, MA), First Look, A Portfolio Showcase *

LoosenArt/Millepiani (Rome, Italy), Perceptions*

Aperture Gallery (NYC), Lensculture Art Photography Awards*

Aspect Initiative (Boston, MA), Featured Artists (forthcoming)

Center for Fine Art Photography (Fort Collins, CO), The Life of Water (Juried by Jennifer Shaw)*

Maine Photography Show (Boothbay Harbor, Maine), Boothbay Region Art Foundation (Juried by Ron Rosenstock)*

Center for Fine Art Photography (Fort Collins, CO), 2019 Member Exhibition (Juried by Cecily Cullen)*

Griffin Museum (Lafayette City Center, Boston) In Your Mother Tongue: A Word and Image Dialogue * (Paula Tognarelli)

Photographic Resource Center (Cambridge, MA), Exposure 2019 (Juried by Mark Durant)

Photoplace Gallery (Middlebury, VT), Water (Juried by Elizabeth Avedon)*

Davis Orton Gallery (Hudson, NY), 5th Annual Group Show (Paula Tognarelli)

Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts (Providence, RI), 2nd Annual Juried Members’ Exhibition (Yorgos Efthymiadis)*


LoosenArt/Millepiani (Rome, Italy), Surfaces *

Beacon Gallery (Boston, MA), Nature & Vitality *

The FENCE, New England Regional Photographers Showcase *

Griffin Museum, 24th Annual Juried Members' Exhibition (Juried by Richard McCabe) *

Photoplace Gallery (Middlebury, VT), Water (Juried by Ann Jastrab) *

The Curated Fridge (Curated by J. Sybylla Smith) *


Photoplace Gallery, Celebrating the Creative Process (Juried by Kat Kiernan) *


The Curated Fridge (Curated by Caleb Cole) *

awards + honors


Finalist, Critical Mass 2019, Photolucida *

Honorable Mention, Juror’s Award, Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts, 2nd Annual Juired Members’ (Yorgos Efthymiadis)*

Juror’s Award, The Center for Fine Art Photography, The Life of Water, (Jennifer Shaw) *

Honorable Mention, Director’s Award, The Center for Fine Art Photography, The Life of Water (Hamidah Glasgow)*

Honorable Mention, Water, Photoplace Gallery (Elizabeth Avedon)*

Photo of the Day, Don’t Take Pictures (Kat Kiernan) *


Click & Company, Voice Collection, Semi-finalist (Mysteriousness)*

Griffin Museum, Photobook Initiative *

Finalist, Art Photography Awards, Lensculture *

Honorable Mention, Water, Photoplace Gallery *


Photo of the Day, Don’t Take Pictures (Kat Kiernan) *

Directors Award, Celebrating the Creative Process, Photoplace Gallery (James Barker) *


National Geographic Your Shot, Daily Dozen, Editor’s Pick

Top 100 Photographers to Watch in 2015, Clickin Moms *

2014 - Our 50 Favorite Mom Photographers *

bodies of work

raising goosebumps, ongoing, delving inward to balance uncertainty with wonder

long form, ongoing, word and image pairings by date and time

cloud 9, complete, a mother seeing the world through child-like eyes

related experience

Artist Talk, Raising Goosebumps, Griffin Museum of Photography, August 2018

Offset/Shutterstock, Contributing Photographer, Ongoing *

Adobe Premium Stock, Contributing Photographer, Ongoing *



Wall Street International, “First Look 2019”*

Improper Bostonian, Deep Dive, January 2019

Maine Women’s Magazine, Verse & View, January 2019*

Click Magazine, Voice Competition Finalist, Mysteriousness

What Will You Remember, Best Photo Picks January 2019*

What Will You Remember, “First Look” 2019*


Phoblographer, Inspiration: Cate Wnek’s Intimate ‘Raising Goosebumps’Serves as an Experiential Escape *

Lensculture, Interview: Raising Goosebumps, Cate Wnek *

Dodho, Interview: Fever by Cate Wnek *

C-41, Have you ever had goosebumps? Come inside the kaleidoscope world of Cate Wnek *

24th Annual Juried Members’ Exhibition, Griffin Museum of Photography Exhibition Catalog

Celebrating the Creative Process, Photoplace Gallery Exhibition Catalog

Water, Photoplace Gallery Exhibition Catalog

Aspect Initiative, Featured Artist*


Exquisite Corpse, Vol 2: Extended Play, Maine Media Workshops + College


Wnek, C. (November 2015) “ My Foray into Film.” Lemonade and Lenses.

Wnek, C. (August 2015) “Life Lessons in Film.” One-Twenty-Five.

Wnek, C. (March/April 2015) “Learning through Experimentation. ”Click Magazine.

DPI Magazine (2015) 

Maine Home & Design (August 2013, May 2013, February 2013, December 2012, September 2012)


Low Residency Online Program, International Center for Photography (2017-2018)

MFA Semester 1, Maine Media Workshops (2016-2017)

Visual Books for Photographers, Cig Harvey, Maine Media Workshops (2017)

Personal Story, Cig Harvey, Maine Media Workshops (2016)

Dark Room Studies, Thurston Howes, Maine College of Art (2015)

MBA, University of Maine (2001)

B.A., Colby College (1996)

professional affiliations

The Griffin Museum of Photography

Photographic Resource Center

Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts

Portland Museum of Art