Catich Gallery

Six Annual Exhibits

There are six exhibits each academic year in this Gallery: four feature regional and nationally known artists; one highlights graduating seniors from the Fine Arts, Graphic Design and Book Arts departments; and one honors Father Catich drawings from the university's vast collection of his work.

Created in 1985 as a memorial to the Rev. Edward M. Catich-founder of the St. Ambrose College Art Department in 1939 and world-renowned calligrapher, stone incisor and artist, this intimate gallery was re-configured in 2002 to host contemporary art exhibits featuring the work of regional and national artists as well as faculty and seniors graduating with honors.

Catich Floor Plan (pdf)

stained glass designed by Fr. Catich

Catich Digital Collection

Digital access to the artwork of Fr. Edward Catich

Fr. Catich (1906-1979), one of the world's finest calligraphers, was known as an international authority on stone incising, typography and stained glass fabrication, and as the foremost authority on the Roman alphabet, its origin, nature and history.

The Catich Gallery sells Fr. Catich's book, The Origin of the Serif,  in both hardcover and paperback, but only the 2nd edition (1991) is available. For all purchases, please email catich@sau.edu, or call 563-333-6444.

Browse the Digital collection


Catich Gallery

Hours

Fall and Spring Semester Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 p.m. - 4 p.m. (or by appointment) Summer Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (or by appointment)

Exhibitions

The gallery features regional and nationally known artists as well as graduating seniors from the Fine Arts, Graphic Design, and Book Arts departments. We often show work from the University's collection, including Father Edward M. Catich.

Earlier This Year

The Catich Gallery exhibited work from these artists in 2017:
Heidi Draley McFall
Andrew Nordin and Lisa Bergh
SAU Art seniors Morgan Allen, Emma Hubner, Lindsay O'Brien, and Jonathan Wray

Submission Guidelines

Gallery Diagram (pdf)

Photos of Catich Gallery past exhibitions

Opportunities for acquisition and/or exhibition at St. Ambrose University are limited; however, we welcome introductions and updates of artists' work.

Those who would like their work reviewed should please send the following:

  • 10-20 pdf or hi-res jpeg images of work representational of work that would be exhibited 
  • a résumé or CV and description of the works presented 
  • any necessary background materials (i.e. artist statement, proposal, press files, etc.) 
  • a self-addressed stamped envelope if return of materials is desired

Please do not send original artwork; the Catich Gallery cannot claim responsibility for submitted materials. Please send only replaceable documentation.

Submission materials should be addressed to: 

St. Ambrose University
Catich Gallery 
518 W. Locust Street 
Davenport, IA 52803

Submissions will be acknowledged with an email upon receipt. Reviews by the curator and committee take place twice a year; therefore, it may be several months before you hear from the committee and/or your materials are returned.

Past Exhibitions

This page only lists the most recent exhibition seasons from the past few years.

2016-2017

Tell Me Again 
July 2016
Joseph Lappie - wood blocks and prints

Faculty Exhibition 
August 1 - September 8, 2016
SAU Art Department
Artists include: Kathryn Anderson, Les Bell, Fr. Edward Catich, Thomas Chouteau, Renee Meyer Ernst, Alison Filey, Linda Kelty, Joseph Lappie, Kristin Quinn, Christopher Reno, Randy Richmond, John Schmits

From Here
September 14th - October 25th, 2016
Matthew Hoffman - Recent works

between is not so far
November 2 - December 13, 2016
Tom Reed - Mixed media installation and works on paper

2015-2016

Remnants and Relics - Brett Eberhardt
September 9 - October 24, 2015
Recent Paintings and Drawings by Brett Eberhardt

The Impossibility of Language of Construction
October 28 - December 18, 2015
Multi-media Installation by Sonnenzimmer - Nadine Nakanishi and Nick Butcher

Bridges: A Selection of Prints from the Midwest Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers
January 20 - February 26, 2016
Prints and Books gathered by Andrew Huot of Big River Bindery in Davenport

JUSTICE! Alternative Voices and Progressive Themes in Comics
March 4 - April 16, 2016
Group Exhibition of Alternative Comics and Comics Inspired Artwork 

Senior Honors Exhibit
April 21 - May 13, 2016
Kenneth Cunningham - A Lifetime Ago: Reflections of the Past
Tessa Pozzi - Shame: A Project of Absolution

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2014-2015

A Piece of Me - Erick Wolfmeyer
Letters from the Fringe - Brian Borchardt
September 10 - October 24, 2014
Quilts by Erick Wolfmeyer and Bookworks from Brian Borchardt

Anonymous Women
October 29 - December 12, 2014
Photographs by Patty Carroll

Recent Works
January 12 - February 20, 2015
Paintings and Drawings by Patrick Earl Hammie

Along the Way
February 25 - April 17, 2015
Prints and Artist Books by Mary Jones

Senior Honors Exhibit
April 22 - May 8, 2015
Kimberly Ellis - Mother's Room
Samantha Beitzel - Roots
Jackie Nowosielski - A Simple Existence

Methods in Tandem - 11th Annual Catich Exhibition
June 3 - September 4, 2015
Rubbings and Broadsides by Father Edward Catich
Watercolors by Meredith Lynn

2013-2014

The New Heartland
September 11 - October 18, 2013
Andrew Borowiec - photographs

Art and the Environment
October 23 - November 22, 2013
Margaret Whiting - altered books and collage

FIZZ
January 15 - February 21, 2014
Laurel Farrin & Jim Shrosbree - paintings and mixed media

Bombs & Buffalos
February 26 - April 4, 2014
John Hitchcock - printmaking

Show, and Tell...
April 9 - April 25, 2014
SAU Art Department Faculty

Senior Honors
April 30 - May 14, 2014
Brittney Allen - graphic design
Leah Richter - paintings

Home
June 13 - September 5, 2014
10th Annual Catich Exhibition - sketches and watercolors

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2012-2013

Imagined Parts and Parcels
September 11 - October 19, 2012
Roy R. Behrens - digital montage

Book Learning
October 23 - November 20, 2012
Julie Chen - artist books

Senior Honors
November 17 - December 14, 2012
Calista Heckman
Kelley Keimig
Lora Wegener

Race Matters? Racism Matters!
January 15 - February 22, 2013
Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. - letterpress broadsides

The Deacon's Seat
February 26 - April 5, 2013
Fred Stonehouse - paintings

Senior Honors
April 23 - May 10, 2013
Veronica Swanson
Lee White

Aquatic Art
June 5 - September 6, 2013
9th Annual Catich Exhibition - watercolors

2011-2012

Botanicals
August 23 - October 7, 2011
Timothy Frerichs - Ink Washes
Louise Kames - Pastels
Katie Kiley - Intaglios
George Olson - Watercolors
Lee Emma Running - Installation

Red Memories
October 11 - November 18, 2011
Peter Xiao - Painting

Senior Honors Exhibition

November 29 - December 16, 2011

Sensing Language
January 17 - March 2, 2012
Melissa Jay Craig -- Book Arts, Installation

Telling Stories
March 6 - May 12, 2012
Leslie Bell - Painting, Photography

Calligraphic Art
June 6 - September 7, 2012
8th Annual Rev. Edward M. Catich exhibition - Varied Mediums

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2010-2011

Hatch Show Prints
October 12–November 19, 2010

Senior Honors Exhibits
November 30–December 17, 2010

Chicago Street Photography
August 24–October 8, 2010

Social Commentaries
January 18–February 25, 2011

T.L. Solien Recent Paintings
March 1–April 15, 2011

Rev. Edward M. Catich Renaissance Man
June 1–July 22, 2011

2009-2010

Detained in Purgatory
August 25 - October 2, 2009
Margaret Stratton-Photography

Pen to Paper
October 6 - November 20, 2009
Leslie Bell, Renee Meyer Ernst, Kristin Quinn-Illustration/Drawing, Mixed Media

Senior Honors Exhibition
December 1 - December 18, 2009
Marta Currier & Myriah Schultz-Painting

Homesick Blues
January 19 - February 26, 2010
Joey Borovicka-Painting

In-Between: The Architecture of Migration
Part of the Migration Project 
March 2 - April 16, 2010
Jane Gilmor-Installation

Senior Honors Exhibition
April 27 - May 14, 2010

Letterforms as Paramount
June 2 - July 23, 2010
Rev. Edward M. Catich-Calligraphy, Stone Incising

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Contact


Chris Reno, Director

Catich Gallery
Galvin Fine Arts Center
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803
563-333-6444
CatichGallery@sau.edu

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