Edward M. Catich
|Died||April 14, 1979
|Known for||Education, calligraphy|
He is noted for the fullest development of the thesis that the inscribed Roman square capitals of the Augustan age and afterward owed their form (and their characteristic serifs) wholly to the use of the flat brush, rather than to the exigencies of the chisel or other stone cutting tools.
At the orphanage he apprenticed under sign-writer Walter Heberling.
After graduating high school in 1924, Catich toured with a Mooseheart band, and then went to Chicago, where he played music in bands.
Catich studied art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 1926–29, and supported himself as a union sign-writer.
Catich attended where he worked as the leader of the school band.
He was ordained in 1938 and returned to Iowa to teach art, math, engineering, and music at St. Ambrose.
Throughout much of the late 1940s and early 1950s, Catich found himself making trips to Massachusetts to work on his calligraphy with W.A.
It was during these trips that he began to explore deep into the Trajan column that would become his life's work.
During the 1950s, 1960s, and even into the 1970s, Catich would make many trips to Rome to explore the Roman capitals.
Catich taught at St. Ambrose for forty years, until his death in 1979.
The gallery was originally his studio and press at the Galvin Fine Arts Center and was built with a donation from Hallmark Cards, where several of his students worked.
In the years following his death, many of Catich's theories about the Roman Capitals would be adopted.
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