Catherine Meier Artist
BFA , 2005
Catherine Meier’s work reflects the landscape and a way of seeing that was imprinted upon her throughout her childhood and early adult life. Raised in a small town located at the eastern edge of the Nebraska Sand Hills region, her childhood was built upon countless drives through the countryside with her parents, hours spent at her grandparent’s table listening to her uncles and their stories, and the adventurous wanderings of a child through pastures and shelterbelts. As a young adult she worked as a truck driver hauling cattle throughout the Great Plains, logging thousands of miles on roads that revealed a delicate and diverse landscape. Her path eventually led her to enroll at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln where she studied drawing and printmaking, and made the nationally and internationally exhibited animated film A Time To Speak. This short drama touched upon the story of a couple whose lives were affected by the darkness of methamphetamine addiction.
Catherine received the national Jacob K. Javits fellowship for graduate study and attended the University of Michigan where she received her Master of Fine Arts. She was awarded a Rackham research grant to travel to Mongolia, a country with a landscape very similar to the Great Plains. Catherine’s understanding of the way by which we navigate open spaces and landscapes are realized through large-scale prints, drawings, and animations. She currently finds herself at home in Duluth, Minnesota, with the open water of Lake Superior in view.