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Katie Ries

Associate Professor of Art

B.A., Colorado College
M.F.A., University of Tennessee - Knoxville

Programs: Art

Katie Ries (b. 1981) makes art work about modern environmentalism, community and the power of observational drawing. Her prints, objects, drawings and events invite viewers to participate in actions of amateur naturalism and iterative making. She is the founder of the Land Scouts, a program promoting foundations of land stewardship through simple and affordable actions. Katie is also one of the co-organizers of Really Big Prints, a national, juried, large-scale relief print biennial held in Manitowoc, Wis. 

Katie’s teaching encourages students to experiment widely with materials and techniques, to work iteratively to refine images and ideas, and to reflect collectively in writing on the processes of art and design. 

Katie received her B.A. in Studio art (Phi Beta Kappa) from the Colorado College in 2005 and her Master of Fine Arts with a concentration in Printmaking from the University of Tennessee–Knoxville in 2010.

You can see more of Katie’s work on her website at

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