BiographySigne Ortiz was born January 8, 1913. She received her B.A. degree from Carleton College in 1934. She also studied at the Chicago Art Institute from 1934-36 and the Art Students’ League in New York City, 1936-37. She earned her MFA degree at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan in 1946.
Ortiz taught at Columbia University Teacher’s College in New York City from 1947-48. Her longest tenure of teaching was at the University of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, from 1959-1979. She retired as an associate professor emerita of art. Ortiz died March 19, 2004, in Walnut Creek, California.
Ortiz completed numerous commissions while teaching at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. Her weavings and fiber sculptures are located at St. Olaf College, UW-Eau Claire, and in various institutions in the Eau Claire area.
The weaving by Ortiz in the Fine Arts Collection, “Song of Faith,” was commissioned for the entrance of the Jenson Hall of Music building which opened at Luther College in 1983. It was given in honor of Doris Haugh Briggs by her husband, George Briggs. The hanging was moved to storage when the building was renovated in 2001. It is woven of layers of wool fibers in reds, creams and browns.
Source of BiographyUniversity Bulletin, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, March 25, 2004