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Catherine Dreiss

Adjunct Instructor of Graphic Design
Office Location: 281 Fine Arts Center
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Catherine received a B.A. in Art History from Mount Holyoke College and an M.F.A. in Printmaking from Cranbrook Academy of Art. As a printmaker, she uses whatever tools she can get her hands on and in the mid-eighties that included such implements as the first Macintosh computer and Photoshop 2.5. Upon leaving graduate school, she found that her computer skills opened doors for her as a graphic designer, production artist and computer graphics educator. She has taught both graphic design and printmaking at Montclair State University, Bronx Community College, Florida State University, the Des Moines Art Center and Simpson College. She maintains an active freelance practice in marketing design and has a printmaking studio in downtown Des Moines.

Catherine's large scale woodcuts have been collected by the Dubuque Museum of Art, Wellmark BlueCross BlueShield, Aviva, EMC Insurance, Mercy Hospital Des Moines, and others.

Catherine is a practitioner of what New York Times art critic Michael Kimmelman has called the "Cinderella Art"- printmaking. For the past ten years, she has been working almost exclusively with woodcuts that are based on photographs and appropriated patterns. Aside from their large scale, her prints may seem to conform to the long tradition of woodcuts. In fact, they are highly manipulated computer images that are transferred to plywood. Only at that point does the process follow the time- and labor-intensive path that would be recognized by a traditional woodcut artist. Most are hand carved and printed in a succession of plates in the manner know as reduction prints. All are printed using oil-based inks on Stonehenge paper, on either a Charles Brand or Takach etching press.

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