Mary Savig is the curator of manuscripts at the Smithsonian Archives of American Art and the author of Pen to Paper: Artists' Handwritten Letters from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art. She resides in Arlington, Virginia.
"Any art lover who owns a cat will enjoy this book."
"This beautiful book by Mary Savig delves into the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art collections to explore the relationships between artists and their cats, featuring 130 rarely seen photographs, sketches, manuscripts and letters. Jasper Johns, Georgia O'Keeffe and many others are seen showing off their feline friends, who appear as companions, inspirations and often regents of the artists' homes and studios."
- Catster magazine
"At a time when feline ephemera is seemingly everywhere, Mary Savig's Artful Cats is a beautifully considered, gentle reminder of that very pure place from which so much of our cultural obsession with cats seems to spring. More than just a celebration of the feline form, this lovely book also elucidates the loving, longtime relationship between cats and creators."
- T. Cole Rachel
"I love cats. Over the course of my life, I've lived with an array of amazing, delightful, demanding and, of course-heartbreaking, when they died-felines. I'm delighted to be part of a book devoted to artists' renditions of kitties so that others can begin to appreciate their many charms."
- Judy Chicago
"This wonderful collection provides decisive proof of something I've always suspected: that behind every great artist there's a great cat."
- Naami Fry