Off Sage Creek Rim Road, Badlands National Park, South Dakota


M.F.A., School of Art & Design, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2009

B.F.A., with Highest Distinction, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, 2005


Selected Exhibitions, film festivals, and public presentations


site: Sage Creek, Minnesota Artist Exhbition Program, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN (Solo)

This Big Land, Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney, NE

American Art: It’s Complicated, Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul, MN, curated by Dyani White Hawk, Seitu Jones, Oskar Ly, Maria Cristina Tavera, and Kristin Makholm


Artist in Residence, Badlands National Park, South Dakota – Performed a one week video-projection installation at Sage Creek Campground

It happened here…, Willa Cather Foundation, Red Cloud, NE (Solo)

McKnight Fellowship Exhibition: Catherine Meier, Joe Sinness, Amy Toscani, Dyani Whitehawk, Minneapolis College of Art & Design, Minneapolis, MN


Fragility, PRØVE Gallery, Duluth, MN


Open Richness, Solo Exhibition, Great Plains Art Museum, Lincoln, NE

Free Range Film Festival, Wrenshall, MN

Nature as Spirit, Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, Michigan


KIWA #6 Exhibition, (Kyoto International Woodprint Association), Kyoto, Japan


Horizontal Grandeur, Stevens County Historical Museum, Morris, MN

4th Annual Summer Juried Art Show,  St. Cloud State University


The Distance of Horizon, Duderstadt Video Studio, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI  (Solo)

20/20 Vision, Second Edition, The Fire House Gallery, Louisville, Georgia


Do You Live Here?, Act Station, Hikone, Japan

Waiting for Translation, Warren Robbins Gallery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

My Private Utopia, Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, MI                 


Omaha Film Festival, Omaha, NE  (Best Nebraska Short Award)

Remnants of Passage, Work Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI


Arizona State University Art Museum Short Film Festival, Tempe, AZ

The Director’s Cut, New York, NY

NextFrame: UFVA’s Touring Festival of International Student Film & Video, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

Semi-Finalist, Angelus Awards Student Film Festival, Hollywood, CA

The Visual Short Film Festival, Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery Auditorium, Lincoln, NE

A Time To Speak, Lux Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE  (Solo)


17th Annual McNeese National Works on Paper Exhibition, McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA

Culture-Fluid, Lee Gallery, Clemson University, Clemson, SC

Mid-America Print Council Juried Members Exhibition, MAPC Print Conference

The Show 2004, Jackson Artworks, Omaha, NE (Bronze Award, AIGA – Nebraska, Student Category)


Grants and Fellowships

Arrowhead Regional Arts Council Artist Fellowship, 2015

McKnight Artist Fellowship for Visual Artists, 2013/14

Arrowhead Regional Arts Council Career Development Grant, 2012

Arrowhead Regional Arts Council Emerging Artist Fellowship, 2011

Rackham Thesis Research Grant for travel and research in Mongolia, Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan, 2007

Jacob K. Javits Fellowship for Graduate Study, United States Department of Education, 2006-09


Invited Lectures and Presentations

Artist Lecture, Mapping Literary Landscapes: Environments and Ecosystems conference, Willa Cather Foundation, Red Cloud, NE, 2014

Roundtable Discussion Panelist, Arts on Earth – Arts & the Environment, University of Michigan, Moderated by Nick Tobier and Joe Trumpey, 2008

Keynote Speaker, CASCADE Conference – Children Living in Methamphetamine-Affected Families, Norfolk, NE, 2006

Lecture, Depicting Societal Issues through Animated Drawing, National Conference for Undergraduate Research, Lexington, VA, 2006



Co-Curator, Landscape and Memory Exhibition, Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, MI, 2009
With artist Joshua Smith, developed exhibition concept, statement, and distributed nation-wide call for entries. Selected artists for exhibition, arranged shipping logistics, maintained all artist and gallery communications.

Exhibition Coordinator, Terra Incognita, Five MFA Thesis Exhibitions, Wild(t) Gallery, 2009
Transformed vacant building into temporary gallery. Located building, negotiated lease agreement, designed exhibition layout, hired construction crew, oversaw demolition and donation of building materials to Habitat for Humanity. Managed budget and expenditures, secured matching institutional funding.

Curator, Place.Mark, Work Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI, 2008
Developed curatorial statement, distributed regional call for entries, selected artworks.


press / Writings

Review: Abbe, Mary, “3 Minneapolis gallery shows feature new talent in many media”, Star Tribune, October 30, 2015,

Brown, Rick, “Can’t escape the horizon, ‘This Big Land’ on display at MONA”, The Kearney Hub, October 22, 2015,

Lawler, Christa, “Meier’s Great Plains history informs her vast landscapes”, The Duluth News Tribune, October 15, 2015,

Rivera, Erica, “Urban vs. Rural: Two Twin Cities Transplants Offer Distinct Perspectives on Place at MIA”,  City Pages, October 13, 2015,

Hopkins, Candice, “Standing Witness, site: Sage Creek”, Digital Catalog, 2015,

Breitbach, Amanda. “Standing Witness, Site: Sage Creek”, Great Plains Quarterly. Winter 2015. Vol. 35, No. 1.

 Thomas, Dylan. “One last time for McKnight”, The Journal. January 28, 2014.

Review: Wolgamott, L. Kent. “Wolgamott: Catherine Meier explores open spaces in 'Open Richness'”, Lincoln Journal Star/Ground Zero.
August 11, 2012.


related professional experience

Independent Designer / Web Developer, 2006-present
Design websites, motion graphics, and print media for artists, non-profits, and small business.

Instructor, College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN, 2011-2012
Taught beginning design and Adobe software to media arts students.

Graduate Student Instructor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2006-08
Instructor for Art & Design Lecture Labs

Instructor, Drawing & 2D Design, Metropolitan Community College, Omaha, NE, 2005-06
Taught observational drawing and 2-D design principles.

Website Designer / Developer, New Media Center, University of Nebraska, 2002-06
Worked with teams to develop large-scale websites, provided assistance to faculty and students working on technology projects.



Board of Directors, Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, 2011-14

Interview Panelist, Prospective Graduate Student Interviews, University of Michigan School of Art & Design, 2007-09

Graduate Application Portfolio Review Panelist, University of Michigan School of Art & Design, 2007

Hixson-Lied College of Fine & Performing Arts Student Advisory Board - UNL, 2002-05
Worked closely with Dean Giacomo Oliva to propose, develop criteria for, and facilitate implementation of Undergraduate Creative Research Grant. Reviewed applications and selected recipients for undergraduate study abroad funding available through the college. President, 04-05


International experience / education

Taipei Drift, International Workshop for Art Academies, Taipei, Taiwan, 2008
Selected to represent the University of Michigan School of Art & Design. Workshop focused on art as community intervention in the city of Taipei. Worked collaboratively with students from Australia, Finland, Israel, and Czech Republic.

Bio-Regions Expedition, Darhad Valley, Mongolia, May – June, 2008
Joined BioRegions NGO and Professor Cliff Montagne, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT. NGO conducted projects to build ecological profile of Bagh One, Darhad Valley, and sponsored annual Blue Valley artist awards program to promote and encourage traditional arts. Undertook additional individual travel for thesis research to Menengiyn Tal (flat steppe), Eastern Mongolia.

International Experience – University of Michigan School of Art & Design, May – June, 2007
Based in Hikone, Japan, with extensive travel to Tokyo, Kyoto, Naoshima, Kanazawa, and small villages. Worked with Japanese artists, interacted with residents of senior citizen’s homes, university faculty, shop owners, and rice farmers.

Printmaking Intensive Workshop, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass, CO., July 2007