Cima Katz was born and raised in the metropolitan New York area. She received her BFA in 1971 from Carnegie Mellon University and her MFA in 1974 from Indiana University. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Kansas, she held teaching appointments in Oregon and Ohio.
Though trained primarily as a printmaker, Cima's research has historically been motivated by content; she has fostered a variety of specific technical strategies as required. Her current research involves the use of mixed media digital and physical collage to investigate notions of re-invention of self, place and family history in an historical context. Numerous selections of this work are represented in the book 40 Contemporary American Printmakers published by Jilin Fine Arts, in the People's Republic of China.
Cima's work is regularly exhibited in a variety of national and international venues. She has worked extensively in Scotland in various capacities and has also taught and exhibited in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where her work is part of the permanent collection of Museo Nacional del Grabado (National Print Museum). Her pieces are part of numerous other private and public collections, including the National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C.; Bibliotheque Nationale de France; the Chicago Art Institute; National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC; the Kennedy Museum in Athens, Ohio; the Aberdeen Art Gallery in Aberdeen, Scotland; Ewing Gallery, Utah Musem of Fine Arts and the J.B. Speed Museum in Louisville, Ky.
Cima has been a visiting artist and conducted a variety of workshops at institutions including the Arrowmont School; Colorado College; University of South Dakota; University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Southern Illinois University; University of Wyoming; University of Michigan; the Haystack School; Indiana University; University of Nebraska; Wichita State University; Purdue University; Hastings College; West Virginia University; Louisiana State University; Edinburgh College of Art; and University of Alabama.
Cima served on the board of the Mid-America Print Council from 1994 to 96 and 2002-2004; she also is a member of the Print Council of Philadelphia, the Boston Printmakers, the American Print Alliance and the Southern Graphic Council. She currently teaches drawing, Expanded Media classes in digital media and Special Topics courses such as The Artist's Book.