Juror Catherine Dreiss
Catherine Dreiss is a practitioner of what New York Times art critic Michael Kimmelman calls the “Cinderella Art” – printmaking. For the past 25 years, she has worked almost exclusively with woodcuts that are based on photographs and appropriated patterns. Aside from their large scale, the woodcuts may seem to conform to the long tradition of woodcuts. In fact, they are highly manipulated computer images that are transferred to plywood. All are hand carved and most are created in a succession of printing in the manner known as reduction prints.
Catherine has a B.A. in Art History from Mount Holyoke College and an M.F.A. in Printmaking from Cranbrook Academy of Art. She maintains a studio in downtown Des Moines, teaches Graphic Design at Drake University, and is currently President of the Des Moines Art Center Print Club.