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Thank You for ALL of your Support

Nancy (Hultquist) Lyle

The Art Legacy League would like to thank ALL of the people who have contributed to our non-profit organization this past year. Donations of real or in-kind funding, along with time and talents help us carry on the teachings and brilliance of Father Catich’s work into this next year.

We give a sincere and humble Thank You for:

- Our beautiful facility at One River Place on the banks of the mighty Mississippi River in Davenport.

- Our expert printer and board member who provides excellent giclee reproductions of Father Catich’s artwork.

- The Co-directors and staff of Roman Holiday, 2024 Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Conference.

- The anonymous donor of an authentic Trajan Inscription rubbing by Father Catich.

- The St. Ambrose University President.

- The St. Ambrose University Archivist.

- The many students taking group and private lessons along with your private in-kind
donations throughout the year at the Art Legacy League.

A very special donation is hereby acknowledged from our first out of state ALL member:
"On behalf of Rafe and Lisa Hinricksen, along with the family of Nancy (Hultquist) Lyle, we wish to offer a donation to the Art Legacy League in our mother's memory. 
Originally from Kewanee, Illinois and later, Rawlins, Wyoming then Tucson, Arizona, Nancy was a lifelong learner and artist. Her creative energy spilled over into EVERY area of her life from time spent in the kitchen, creating memorable surprises for co-workers that often-involved poems and limericks, painting, gardening and embellishing iron works made by husband Gary.
She leaves behind a legacy of creative, artistic children and grandchildren, a home filled with her inspirational work and memories made for many years. 
And so, we now encourage all of you to become lifelong learners and leave a legacy of
creativity and love."

ALL is currently a small but mighty non-profit organization and with your help we can continue to
grow in members and exhibit Father Catich’s artwork along with teaching art in the same style and
manner as he taught. We, at the Art Legacy League, applaud you and hold you very close to
our hearts. We couldn’t do this without you! Please continue your loving support and tell others
about our mission to keep the CATICH LEGACY alive.
Thank you and may 2024 bring us ALL closer together in friendship and ART!

Art students and colleagues of Father Edward M. Catich sat before a camera to record our reminiscences of him as our teacher. We are eager to share this series with those who never knew the man.

Paul Herrera’s calligraphy and lettering training was done exclusively with Reverend Edward M. Catich beginning in 1967. Paul worked as inscription cutter and calligraphy seminar assistant with Father Catich until the time of his death in 1979. At that point Paul was invited to teach Father Catich’s classes at St. Ambrose University and would continue to do so until 1989. Paul also served as a faculty member of six international calligraphy conventions. He joined forces with John Downer in a workshop for TypeCon 2013 and lectured at TypeCon 2015 in Denver, Colorado, TypeCon 2016 in Seattle, Washington and TypeCon 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.



The 2024 International Calligraphy conference, hosted by the Chicago Calligraphy Collective, will be held at
St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa!

Plan to stop by the

Art Legacy League
while you are in town.

Your intrepid Art Legacy League President,
Amy Nielsen and ALL Board member, Paul Herrera have been selected to participate as

Artist in Residence and Instructor for the
ROMAN HOLIDAY International Conference.


The Art Legacy League acquired this magnificent Father E. M. Catich slate in March of this year. It is on constant display at our home studio. Plan to come by the Art Legacy League's Open House during the 2024 International Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Conference.


Visitors are ALLways welcome to drop by and view our wide selection of original Father Catich slates, broadsides, watercolors, stained glass, and assorted liturgical artwork.

Welcome to our ALL Bookstore

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The Art Legacy League is happy to announce that the story of Father Catich’s life, RICH MAN, POOR MAN, PRIEST by Paul P. Herrera, is now available.


The letter-sized perfect-bound book explores the interesting facets of Father Catich's life beyond his well-known reputation as an artist, scholar, and priest. You can follow young “Ned” Catich’s journey from his Spartan existence as a 12-year old orphaned Montana boy with little else but his wits and determination, into a full-grown musician, author, publisher, lecturer, and messenger of Faith.

Send your personal check for $50 to the address shown below or visit our Art Legacy League SHOP. The cost includes shipping. 

In the Catich tradition, A Calligraphic Handwriting Called PETRARCH, 2021 is much more than a "How to" book on calligraphy. It is a detailed look at the evolutionary impact of manuscript writing through history and the writing reform initiated by Francesco Petrarch. Father Catich felt so strongly about this hand that he personally used it to write out the texts of his two previous books; Letters Redrawn from the Trajan Inscription,1961 and Reed, Pen, and Brush Alphabets, 1972.

This book can be yours for $60 each. Our Canadian friends please add $20 for shipping.

The Art Legacy League accepts major credit cards or personal checks addressed to:

Art Legacy League

1225 E. River Drive, #201

Davenport, Iowa 52803

Text 309-236-2139 to make an appointment

and pick up your copy.

100% of the funds raised by the sale of these books go to support the Art Legacy League. Thank you for your interest and support.

Greetings! from ALL President, Amy S. Nielsen

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Welcome to the

Art Legacy League!

I hope wherever this finds you, you are well in mind and body and enjoying art in many different ways.

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I recently had the opportunity to teach a 2-day calligraphy workshop for the Waco Calligraphy Guild in Waco, Texas. Our source was A Calligraphic Handwriting Called PETRARCH by Father Edward M. Catich, copyright 2021. I continue to teach various classes at the Art Legacy League and at our Quad City libraries in Iowa and Illinois. I have enjoyed the opportunity to teach a FINGER PAINTING class at the Rock Island Botanical Center to Cancer patients and survivors.  Paul Herrera and I taught several Calligraphy/Catich History classes at St. Ambrose University as well. What a wonderful opportunity to talk to the current students attending the University where Father Catich lived and worked about all that he has done for the world. 

Under the tutelage of internationally known Brush Writer and Inscription Cutter, Paul Herrera CSM, my work as an inscription cutter is going quite well. Sales of my pieces along with commissions for special gifts continue to come in. Take a look at my website to see what I'm cutting right now: 

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2023 has proven to be a GREAT year full of a variety of art classes and seminars, including calligraphy and stone cutting at the Art Legacy League location. Look for the next class soon.


Thank you for visiting this site and being interested in what I'm doing. Take care and be happy!

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The Half Scale Trajan Inscription in Slate

By Paul P. Herrera

The beautifully proportioned letters of the classic Roman alphabet are best exemplified in the inscription cut in a marble slab at the base of the Trajan Column erected in Rome A. D. 113. Father Edward M. Catich is widely regarded as the world’s foremost authority of that inscription having made multiple rubbings from the monument and published two major books detailing the Trajan letters and how their images were written with a brush before incising. That process is explained in his book, The Origin of the Serif, 1968. Then there is Father Catich’s one-piece, full-sized cast taken directly from the monument in Rome which is believed to be the most accurate replica now in existence.

I am very familiar with Father Catich’s work in stone, having been his principal cutter during his final years. Most of our commissioned work involved Imperial Roman letterforms cut in slate. All of that experience led me to a project that has been on my mind for quite some time. It seemed natural for me to take on the challenge of cutting a half-scale replica of the Trajan Inscription in slate. Of course, I used Father Catich's documented research as the source for my piece.


I started by reducing his drawings from the portfolio in his book Letters Redrawn from the Trajan Inscription, 1961. Those letters were traced from the rubbings he made directly from the monument in Rome. I then measured the space between the six lines from his full-sized partial cast at St. Ambrose University and reduced those measurements by 50 percent. Another essential reference was to take his photograph (Plate 70) from Letters Redrawn and enlarge it to the size I needed. That provided me with the proper layout for the lettering. Finally, I used a drawing of his that does not appear in Letters Redrawn to fill in the missing letters at the center bottom of the Trajan Inscription image. In summary: I went to the best source and took the most care to create this half-scale replica.


The finished piece is black slate. The letters are gilt in 23 karat gold leaf. Black slate and gold are the most common elements that Father and I used in our work. That is why I chose them for this piece.


My finished slate measures 25 1/4 inches in height by 57 5/8 inches wide by approximately 1/4 inch thick and sits in a black oak frame. It now resides on the classroom wall of the Letterform Archive in San Francisco, CA

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Above, Paul Herrera with his finished piece. Below, Father Catich and associates created rubbings of the letters carved on the Trajan Column in Rome. 

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Work by Rev. E.M. Catich

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