April Katz: Inquiry Through Printmaking
Date: March 12 - April 25, 2015
Times: Gallery reception set for 7 p.m. on Friday, March 27
Location: Eide/Dalrymple Gallery
Ticket Info: The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.
The Eide/Dalrymple Gallery will present April Katz: Inquiry Through Printmaking March 12 through April 25. A gallery reception is set for 7 p.m. on Friday, March 27, featuring an artist's talk at 7:30 p.m.
The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. No tickets required.
In addition to the exhibit and reception, Katz will participate in other public events during her time on campus on Friday, March 27:
- 9 a.m.: Katz will lead a discussion with students from Dr. Seasson Vitiello's molecular biology class, Eide/Dalrymple Gallery
- 10 a.m.: Katz will lead a discussion on cancer center internships with Jesse Park from Sanford Expressive Arts, Eide/Dalrymple Gallery
- Noon: Gallery talk with students, Eide/Dalrymple Gallery
- 2:30 - 5 p.m.: Printmaking studio and demo workshop, Center for Visual Arts
"Printmaking serves as both technique and visual language to convey issues of identity, passage of time, memory, and communication in my work," Katz has said. "Culturally iconic images fuse with my own drawn and photographic sources to create the final print. Likewise, traditional and newer digital technologies combine to add visual and conceptual depth to the prints. In a diverse group of print series exploring family, ethnicity, language, evolution, bioengineering, and my own experience with breast cancer and genetic testing I reveal the past in order to understand its impact on current identity."
Katz is an asssociate professor at Iowa State University, where she teaches printmaking. She earned her master's degree in fine art from Arizona State University. As faculty advisor to the University Print Society, she organizes an annual, international postcard print exchange.
From 2004-2006, Katz served as president of the Southern Graphics Council. Her prints, which synthesize digital and traditional printmaking processes, have been exhibited throughout the US. She has presented papers for print, photographic and visual literacy conferences.
In 2001, the College of Design at Iowa State University awarded Katz the Faculty Award for Extraordinary Performance and in 2002 she received the Polster Teaching Award.
Katz has been a visiting artist at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Arrowmont School, Frogman's Press, University of Wisconsin at Whitewater, East Tennessee State University, and Nene College of Art and Design in Northampton, England.
Katz's prints have been included in 100 group shows since 1980. She has had many solo exhibitions, has received a dozen awards in juried exhibitions since 1990 and has received 10 competitive grants for printmaking research and the production of an artist's book. Her works are in the collections of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri; Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University; and the Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Katz has also been the host for steamroller relief printing over the past 10 years. Augustana printmaking students from Scott Parsons' classes have enjoyed collaborating with Katz's students to produce 60-80 4’ x 8’ steamrolled prints annually at Iowa State.