Doc Snyder
Biography


I was born in New York the same year that the Rolling Stones started making music. I grew up in Florida, then moved to Oklahoma. Kansas City has been my home since 1980. I have been making art for as long as I can remember. I was first introduced to commercial art while attending the Graphic Arts course at the El Reno Vo-Tech high school program in Oklahoma. In 1979 I was accepted into the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute screenprinting workshop and worked with Dan Kiacz who was the chairman of the Art Department at the University of Oklahoma at the time. Dan showed me a ďbare bonesĒ approach to screenprinting on paper using a single screen with hand painted block out for the stencil. Many of the techniques that I learned from Dan are still incorporated in my current printing process.
 

Iíve worked in the screenprinting business for most of my life, beginning in 1979 as a paste-up artist for Serigraphics, Inc. in Oklahoma City, OK. I attended the Kansas City Art Institute during the early 1980ís focusing on ceramics and printmaking. I began what I thought was only a summer job in 1984 at a medium sized commercial screenprinting company, Designer Products, Inc. I was promoted to Art Director and did not return to college. While at Designer Products I managed the art and screen department, designed the companyís trade show booths, developed new product lines, created and managed their ink department and set up their embroidery department. 

During the 1990ís I continued to work for commercial screenprinting and embroidery companies in the Kansas City area including American Design Group and KC Sportswear. Eventually I opened my own screenprinting business, Docís Caboose, Inc., in 1993. I also married my wife, Jennifer, that same year. Our business is located in a four story warehouse in the West Bottoms which we purchased in 1997. We have expanded our business to include a retail store, Doc's Caboose, that sells model trains and the Blue Djinn art gallery. We lease a portion of the warehouse to a custom cabinet manufacturing company, Constructive Ideas, and studio space to local artists.

I am also working with steel, creating sculptural pieces. This is very different than the two-dimensional format of seriography and has proved to be both challenging and rewarding.

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Doc Snyder
1400 Union Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64101
(816) 518-4649
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