Artist Statement & Biography

  

Artist Statement

“Making music is a way to connect with the divine.”

  • Michael Kimmelman, Chief Art Critic, New York Times, August 8, 1999. I would expand Kimmelman’s quote to read, “Making music and paintings are a way to connect with the divine.”


Artist Biography


THE VERMONT YEARS, SO FAR…

Two events occurred in 1999. We purchased land with a run-down cabin on Minister Hill in Sandgate, Vermont. At the same time, through genealogy research, I learned of my direct Rich immigrant ancestor, Johannes Reich von Rheinduerkheim, a Vermont pioneer, patriot, legislator and signer on January 10, 1791, of the founding document making the former Republic of Vermont our nation’s 14th state. These two events continue to provide affecting nutrients to my work and daily life.


My paintings are grandchildren of The New York School. They strive to build on that explosive heritage while remaining within the porous borders of Modernism.

 

In the studio I work principally on the margins of what I know about painting and paint, searching for the not known. Nonrepresentational and abstract painting, unfettered with literal images, on a good day may become a carrier of emotion and small joys. It may even evoke the unique aesthetic, poetic or meditative capacities of viewers. In the studio, in the murk of the discovery process, never certain how to let paint on canvas achieve those things… well, that’s the engine.

artist resume

  

Education

  • Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY 
    • BFA (Teachers include James Brooks, Jack Tworkov, Adolph Gottlieb)
  • Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT 
    • MA (Printmaking)


Professional Experience

Painter; Guest lecturer, juror: numerous schools and organizations

  • The Columbus College of Art and Design/The Columbus Museum of Fine Art, Columbus, OH
    • Instructor, Assistant Professor of Art
  • Wesleyan University Press/American Education Publications/Xerox Education Publications, Middletown, CT
    • Designer, Art Director
  • The Choate School, Wallingford, CT
    • Founding Consultant, Mellon Art Center
  • Hog Hill Press, Colebrook, CT/Sandgate, VT
    • Founder, Publisher
  • Manchester Community College, Manchester, CT
    • Adjunct Professor of Art
  • Tunxis Community College, Farmington, CT
    • Director, Art Department; Associate Professor of Art
    • Founder, Tunxis Community College Gallery
  • Harry Rich Associates, Inc., West Hartford, CT
    • Founder, Design Communications Firm.
  • The Vermont Arts Exchange, North Bennington, VT
    • Instructor, Life Drawing
  • The Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
    • Resident Painter


Exhibitions

  • Vermont Supreme Court Gallery, Montpelier, VT (Solo)
  • Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, VT
  • Canfield Gallery, Arlington, VT 
  • Bill Hester Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM
  • 3 Pears Gallery, Dorset, VT
  • Great Hall Gallery, Springfield, VT (Solo)
  • The White Gallery, Lakeville, CT
  • International Society of Acrylic Painters, Santa Cruz, CA
  • Vermont Institute of Contemporary Arts, Chester, VT (Solo) 
  • Prime 677 Project, Albany, NY (Solo) 
  • Wicks Gallery, Saratoga Springs, NY (Solo) 
  • Towle Hill Gallery, Corinth, VT
  • Skinny Pancake Gallery, Montpelier, VT (Solo) 
  • Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Vergennes, VT 
  • John Street Gallery, Hoosick Falls, NY (Solo) 
  • George Marshall Gallery, York, ME 
  • Gallery Wright, Wilmington, VT 
  • Grubbs Gallery, Williston Northampton School, Easthampton, MA 
  • Southern Vermont Art Center, Manchester, VT
  • (National Invitational 2001, '04, '05, '07, '10, ’12, ’13, ‘15) 
  • Vermont Arts Exchange, Bennington, VT 
  • Gallery 100, Saratoga Springs, NY 
  • The Leighton Gallery, Blue Hill, ME
  • Powers Gallery, Acton, MA 
  • Plum Gallery, Williamstown, MA 
  • Gallery 668, Greenwich, NY (Solo) 
  • Studio 22, Amenia, NY (Solo) 
  • Small Gallery, Cambridge, NY (Solo) 
  • Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery, Shelburne, VT 
  • Canfield Gallery, Arlington, VT (Solo) 
  • Southern Vermont Art Center, Manchester, VT (Solo, 2001, 2005, 2012) 
  • Silvermine New England Annual, New Caanan, CT 
  • Pasagio Gallery, Canton, CT 
  • Aetna Gallery, Hartford, CT 
  • Albany Museum of History and Art, NY 
  • Interlochen National Annual, Interlochen, MI 
  • Dayton Museum Annual, Dayton, OH 
  • Wakefield Gallery, NYC (Etchings, Solo) 
  • Wesleyan University, Davison Art Center, Middletown, CT (Solo) 
  • Columbus Museum of Fine Arts, Columbus, OH (Solo)


Painting/Design Awards

Annual Schumacher Award for Painting, 

Columbus Museum of Fine Arts, OH 

Annual Ohio Artists’ Competition for Painting 

Annual Silvermine New England Competition for Painting 

Approx. 100 international, national, regional awards for design


Collections 

Columbus Museum of Fine Art 

Payson Foundation 

Wesleyan University 

Private and Corporate Collections


Hog Hill Press Publications

Mutatus Alphonsus: A Plant Mutation and Mania of Ricco Alphonso by Harry A. Rich 

Harry A. Rich: Works on Paper 

Moodus: Poems by Robert H. Neal 

Robert Rohm: Selected Works, 1975-1985 

John Rich of Maidstone, VT: A Historical Sketch of the Hard Times and Good Life of 

Johannes Reich: Immigrant, Patriot and New England Settler 

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