Edward Catich

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The Reverend

Edward M. CatichEdward Catich_header_cell_0_0_0

BornEdward Catich_header_cell_0_1_0 1906

Stevensville, MontanaEdward Catich_cell_0_1_1

DiedEdward Catich_header_cell_0_2_0 April 14, 1979

Davenport, IowaEdward Catich_cell_0_2_1

NationalityEdward Catich_header_cell_0_3_0 United StatesEdward Catich_cell_0_3_1
Known forEdward Catich_header_cell_0_4_0 Education, calligraphyEdward Catich_cell_0_4_1

Edward M. Catich (1906–1979) was an American Roman Catholic priest, teacher, and calligrapher. Edward Catich_sentence_0

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. Edward Catich_sentence_1

Life Edward Catich_section_0

His parents died when he was 11, and he and three brothers (including his twin) were taken by train to the orphanage of the Loyal Order of Moose, the Mooseheart campus near Aurora, Illinois. Edward Catich_sentence_2

At the orphanage he apprenticed under sign-writer Walter Heberling. Edward Catich_sentence_3

After graduating high school in 1924, Catich toured with a Mooseheart band, and then went to Chicago, where he played music in bands. Edward Catich_sentence_4

Catich studied art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 1926–29, and supported himself as a union sign-writer. Edward Catich_sentence_5

Catich attended where he worked as the leader of the school band. Edward Catich_sentence_6

He received a master's degree in art at University of Iowa in Iowa City. Edward Catich_sentence_7

In 1935, Catich traveled to Rome to study at Pontifical Gregorian University for the Catholic priesthood, where he also made a study of archaeology and paleography. Edward Catich_sentence_8

He was ordained in 1938 and returned to Iowa to teach art, math, engineering, and music at St. Ambrose. Edward Catich_sentence_9

As a priest, he served in parishes of the Diocese of Peoria, including ones in Atkinson and Hooppole. Edward Catich_sentence_10

Throughout much of the late 1940s and early 1950s, Catich found himself making trips to Massachusetts to work on his calligraphy with W.A. Edward Catich_sentence_11

Dwiggins. Edward Catich_sentence_12

It was during these trips that he began to explore deep into the Trajan column that would become his life's work. Edward Catich_sentence_13

During the 1950s, 1960s, and even into the 1970s, Catich would make many trips to Rome to explore the Roman capitals. Edward Catich_sentence_14

Catich taught at St. Ambrose for forty years, until his death in 1979. Edward Catich_sentence_15

The Davenport, Iowa, university now holds some 4,000 of his works, many from his legacy to Professor John Schmits, housed at the Edward M. Catich Memorial Gallery. Edward Catich_sentence_16

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. Edward Catich_sentence_17

In the years following his death, many of Catich's theories about the Roman Capitals would be adopted. Edward Catich_sentence_18

He had ties to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Encyclopædia Britannica, and the Houghton Library at Harvard, and was a founder of the Catholic Art Association. Edward Catich_sentence_19

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