Cathy and Peter Halstead have known each other since they were 16. They both grew up in families that for generations have sought to bring art and education to communities both in the United States and abroad. They were later classmates at both Columbia and NYU. Cathy is an abstract painter, who has shown around the world. Peter is a pianist, photographer, and poet. He has published several volumes of poems and photos, and is working on a six-volume piano series, Pianist Lost, for Albany Records, of which two are available. Two volumes of his poetry are currently available, Sea Sun and Blinds.
Cathy worked with her father in the liquor company he founded with her in 1972, and ultimately became President and Chairman.
Cathy and Peter founded the Digital Lab in the library at Brown, where Cathy is a Member of the Corporation. Cathy is on the board of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.
She and Peter are trustees of the Sidney E. Frank Foundation, which makes over ninety grants annually to charities in the United States and England. Grantees include The Juilliard School, The Manhattan School of Music, The Curtis Institute of Music, the La Jolla Playhouse, Hawaii Opera Theater, The San Francisco Symphony, the Aspen and Vail Music Festivals.
The foundation has helped fund David Tennant’s version of Hamlet, the 2013 Glyndebourne Opera production of Nozze di Figaro, and Brian Bedford’s The Importance of Being Earnest on Broadway. In England, it has helped produce and preserve the repertoire of The National Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare’s Globe.
It supports diverse efforts in Montana in the arts and education. Cathy and Peter were inspired to found Tippet Rise by the Storm King Art Center and by the many institutions they have been lucky enough to work with, as a way to share all the things they love: music, sculpture, poetry, and nature.
Cathy and Peter have two wonderful daughters and two adorable grandchildren.