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Lived/Active: Illinois/Wisconsin      Known for: etching, engraving, relief sculpture

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Studio and Home : Dekalb, IL 60115
Born: October 7, 1922Wausau, Wisconsin.
Graduated Rockford High SchoolRockford, IllinoisJune 1940
Married: Doris E. MagnusonDecember 1946 5 Children, 13 Grandchildren,
2 Great Grandchildren

University of Illinois- September 1940- June 1941
Work in war plants Rockford , Illinois and Los Angeles, California until June, 1942.
Enlist in U. S. Marines June 25, 1942.
Served in South Pacific Theater. Discharged November 27, 1945.
Beloit College February, 1946- February, 1947.
University of Wisconsin summer term 1946.
The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts February 1947- August 1948.
The University of Iowa- September 1948-August 1951 ( BFA and MFA)

Hendrix CollegeConway, Arkansas. One Man Art Department,1952-53
Iowa State Tearchers College--Cedar Falls, Iowa . Printmaking,1953-54
Millikin University Decatur, IllinoisChairman of Department,1954- 59
Ohio UniversityAthens, Ohio Painting/ Printmaking,1959-64
Northern Illinois UniversityDekalb, IllinoisDrawing/Printmaking

More than 250 One-Man Shows including a show sponsored by the U.S. Information Agency which traveled two years throughout Yugoslavia in 1982-83. Others include The Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts, The Kalamazoo Art Center, The Dayton Art Institute, The Instituto Norte Americano Culturales (Mexico City), and The Sheldon Museum- Lincoln, Nebraska.

My paintings, drawings, bronzes, and prints have been included in more than 500 shows including The University of Windsor, Canada; Wake Forest University; The Brooklyn Museum; The Museum of Modern Art, NYC; The Butler Museum; The Pa. Academy of Fine Arts ; The Boston Museum of Fine Arts; The Des Moines Art Center; The Chicago Art Institute; The San Francisco Art Museum; Florida A & M.; and The American Gallery in Bern Switzerland.

My prints and paintings are included in more than 300 public collections such as: Orange Coast College, California; Purdue University LaFayette, Indiana; The Peoria Art Center, Illinois; University of Notre Dame; Fredonia State University of New York; Rockford Art Museum, Illinois; University of Illinois, Champaign; and the University of Maryland- Baltimore County.

My works have shown in numerous International Competitions including: The 11th International Exhibition of Graphic Arts 1975-Modern Gallery Ljubljana, Yugoslavia; Premio Internationale Biella Per L Incisione Invitational-- Milan, Italy 1976; Graphica Contemporary Americans, Venice, Italy 1977; The 3rd and 4th International Biennial Print Exhibits 1987, 1989 ROK Taipei, Taiwan; Seventh British International Print International, Bradford, England.

Study with Stanley William HayterAtelier 17 Paris, France. 1969 for 4 months, then return to U.S. to teach as Visiting Artist for four months at Ohio State University. Chosen as one of six printmakers for The 1970 Peace Show at the Philadelphia Museum. Ford Foundation Award in Program for The Visual Arts 1960. Appointed Presidential Research Professor at Northern Illinois University and upon retirement in 1991 appointment as Distinguished Emeritus Professor.

I have been invited to present workshops in Color Viscosity Intaglio Printing at many colleges and Art Centers. Among these institutions are: Ball State University, Carelton College, The University of Minnesota, Notre Dame University, Drake University, Northern Iowa University, University of Kentucky, Bradley University, University of Texas Tech, Southeast Louisiana University, and many others. Named "Outstanding Printmaker" by the MidAmerica Print Council10.7.2000. ( All states not touching either the Atlantic or Pacific Oceans.)

My work appears in many text books and periodicals including: Art / Search & Self Discover, by James A. Schinneller; Etching by Leonard Edmondson; Art In America-New Talent Issue 1955; The Best of PrintmakingAn International Collection by Allen and McGibbonQuarry Books; Numerous issues of Motive Magazine during the 1950s and 60s; The Art of The Print Fritz Eichenberg 1976; Prize-Winning Art-- book 6 Allied Publications, Inc. 1966; Palette (publication of Delta Phi Delta, Honorary Art Fraternity) 1969, Essay on High Impact Styrene as a Printmaking Media; Contemporary American Printmaking by Malone, Yingnue and Wampler, Jilin Fine Arts Publishing 1999.


1951 Watkins Gallery, American University, Washington, D.C.
Annual Invitational Painting Exhibition, Pink Moon Oil and Lacquer

1960 The United States Information Agency Sponsored
Intaglios- Lasansky and 36 Former Students
( South American Tour two years) My etching: Act of Darkness1949-50

43rd Society of American Graphic Artists Print Exhibition, Travels through Europe under U.S.I.A. Auspices, "Visitation While Herod Searches"Etching
Society of American Graphic Artists Touring Exhibition South American Museums Etching

1961 Two separate traveling shows under the auspices of the American Federation of Arts. One show tours the U.S. and one tours European Galleries for two years. My Etching: Domestic Interior

1969 Instituto Mexicano Norteamericano de Relationes Culturales, Mexico City, Mexico One Man Show

1975 Modern Gallery, Ljubljana, Yugoslavia, 11th International Exhibition of Graphic Arts, The Everyday OccurrenceEngraving 1973, Tuxedo 5 1234 Color Viscosity Etching

1976 Gemarts Gallery, Geneva , Switzerland, One Man Show 60 prints

1982 Bradford Art Museum, Bradford, England, 7th British International Print Biennale, Saw X Again etching (by invitation)

The American Center , Belgrade , Yugoslavia, One Man Show 50 prints Show traveling for Two years

1985 Grafica Uno , Milan , Italy-- two week stint to create A Tale of Fara Way, a suite of nine etchings

Frans Masreel Centrum for Prints Kasterlee, Belgium, Two week stint to create 3 lithos Entertainment, At The Bar, And Carnival ( each litho now in public collections in Belgium Including The Stedelijk Prentenkabinet Te Antwerpen

Isetan Department Store , Tokyo, Japan, Selected American Printmakers ---"A Walk on the Wild Side" Etching

1986 Taipie Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan, R.O.C.
3rd International Biennial Exhibit: 1987 Republic of China
Donut Dunkers engraving, and By the light of the Silvery Fish
Color Viscosity Etching

1989 4th International Print Exhibition: 1989 Republic of China
Mao About Art Fairs, Homage to Lucas and Pietro, and
Night in the City Color Viscosity Etchings

1991 Sapporo , Japan Sapporo International Print Biennale
Ms Van Eyck Wore Plaid Color Etching

1997 Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR, International Print Exhibition
A Firm Understanding Color Viscosity and Chine Colle, ( Purchase Award)

Selected One Man Shows:
1953 Belle Keith Gallery, Rockford, IL
1954 Blacks Department Store, Waterloo, IA
1956 Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL
1959 Ohio University, Athens, OH
Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL
1962 Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, OH
1963 Bryson Gallery, Columbus, OH
1965 C. Troup Gallery, Dallas, TX
1966 University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NB
1967 Hamline University, St Paul, MN
1968 Gilmore Art Center, Kalamazoo, MI
Mulvane Art Center, Topeka, KS
Miami University, Oxford, OH
Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
1969 Instituto Mexicano Norteamericano De Relationales
Culturales, Mexico City, Mexico
1970 Gallery One, Findlay, OH
1971 East Central State College, Ada, OK
1972 Northern Arizona University, AZ
1973 Northwestern College, Orange City, IA
1974 State University of Montana, Bozeman, MT
1976 Gemarts Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland
1977 Gallery One, Ann Arbor, MI
1979 Driesbach Retrospective, University of Maryland-Baltimore County, MD
1980 The Womens Board of the Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, IL
Special Exhibition of "20/20Visions " at The U.S. Embassy, Bern, Switzerland
1981 The American Center, Belgrade, Yugoslavia (sponsored by The U.S. Information Agency) Travels Yugo. 2 years
1982 Hewlett Gallery, Carnegie-Mellon Museum, Pittsburgh, PA
1984 Distelheim Gallery, Chicago, IL
1989 The Chicago Center for the Print, Chicago, IL
1990 David F. Driesbach Retrospective, The Museum of NIU, IL
1998 Kishwaukee College, Malta, IL
One Man Show, Southeast Louisiana Univ. Hammond, LA
1999 One Man Show, Sylvia Schmidt Gallery, New Orleans, LA

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David Driesbach is a printmaker who does dream-like images from his imagination.  He first studied art at the University of Illinois (1940-41).  He then enlisted in the United States Marines and served in the South Pacific War against Japan for a period of three years.  After the War he commenced his studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and at the University of Iowa. H e studied engraving and etching techniques under both Mario Lasansky and Stanley William Hayter, in Paris.

Driesbach's first one-man show took place in 1953.  Since that time his graphic art has been the subject of exhibitions at the University of Nebraska (1966), Ohio State University (1968), the Instituto Mexicana, Mexico City (1969), the University of Maryland (1979), the Chicago Center for the Print (1980) and the Museum of NIU (1990).


His prints and paintings are today found in over 300 public collections, including the University of Notre Dame, the University of Illinois and Purdue University.

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