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Art Education

As the son of noted Kansas artist, Marilyn Miller Richter, my art education started at a young age. At home I worked with clay, photography, puppet building, drawing, painting, printing and various other art mediums. At age six, I attended my first painting and drawing classes at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas.

My mother taught me how art elevates the human spirit and contributes to superior life satisfaction. Through her example, I learned the value of discovery, self-determination and independence of thought. She showed me the courage it takes to innovate and create works of integrity and depth.

I moved to Lawrence, Kansas in 1972 to major in painting at the University of Kansas. I first started exhibiting with the 7E7th Gallery in 1977. Run by artist and mentor, Judy Geer Kellas, 7E7th Gallery was a wonderfully supportive and friendly place. While at KU I studied plein air painting with Robert Sudlow and enjoyed the vibrant instruction of the abstract expressionists teaching in the 1970’s.

In 1979, I graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, major in painting with secondary emphasis in printing.

Art Experience

Allison Gullborg and I married in 1979, and I accepted a temporary job as Artist-In-Schools in McPherson, Kansas. Three years later, I had completed three separate residences and Allison had secured a tenured position as a Physical Education teacher in the district. We have remained in McPherson to raise our three children, Kiya, Ben, and Zane Richter.

During the early years of teaching in the 1980’s, Allison and I spent summers traveling to Arizona, Utah, California, New Mexico, Colorado, the Dakotas, Wyoming, Texas and New York State. I translated my deeply felt attachment to the wild landscapes of America into paintings, drawings and serigraphs. Throughout this period I painted mainly representational works and showed them at private galleries in Kansas and New Mexico and at national juried and invitational exhibitions.

 

I opened Prairie Art & Sign, a graphic arts and commercial sign shop, in 1983. As a successful commercial designer for over 30 years, I have created hundreds of graphic designs, signs, electrical displays and permanent site installations. Through Prairie Art & Sign, I have developed countless skills which support my artistic career including web site development and administration, bit map scanners, photo image processing, cross-platform print and spot color outputs, video production for DVD authoring, and large format printing. I also produce my fine art giclee reproduction prints within my own studio.

From the mid-1980’s through the mid-1990’s, my fine art pieces consisted of mainly abstract landscapes in acrylic and mixed media on paper. In the late 1990’s I returned to plein air painting and directly representational work. The cycle of traveling into the land, observing nature, collecting impressions, and returning to the studio for further development brings satisfaction to me. Through this process I strive to produce uplifting and meaningful pieces that connect people to the source of life.

 

PROFESSIONAL AWARDS

· 2010, Siemens Wind Energy, “Art of Wind” grand prize, oil painting, limited edition prints “Wings on the Wind”
· 2010, Landscape award, Great Plains Nature Photographers
· 2010, 2011, 2012, Photography awards, Kansas Native Plant Society
· 2007, Kansas State Fair Award of Excellence, “Rain Edge, Flint Hills”
· 2005, Kansas State Fair Grand Award, “Buffalo Commons”
· 2003, One Man Show & Purchase Award, Dyck Arboretum of the Plains, Hesston, KS

SELECTED SHOWS &EXHIBITIONS

  • 2013, "Only the Best", Strecker-Nelson Gallery, Manhattan, KS, group showing.
  • 2012, "Wildflowers, Wild Skies", one man show, Carriage Factory Gallery, Newton, KS.
  • 2011, “Kansas Masters Invitational Art Show,” Strecker-Nelson Gallery, Manhattan, Kansas, Kansas Center for the Arts, Wichita, Kansas, Sabatini Gallery, Topeka, Kansas (Regional Invitational)
  • 2010, “Towering Skies” One man showing, Birgir Sandzen Memorial Museum, Lindsborg, Kansas (Regional)
  • 2009, 2010, “Visions of the Flint Hills,” Kansas Parks Trust benefit for the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, Kansas City, Missouri (Regional)
  • 2008-2013, “Invitational Western Art Show & Sale,” Panhandle Plains Historical Museum, Canyon, Texas (National)
  • 2008, “Western Regional Invitational Exhibition,” Oil Painters of America, Devin Galleries, Cour D Alene, Idaho (Regional)
  • 2008, “A Prairie School, Robert Sudlow and His Students,” Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, Springfield, Missouri (National Invitational)
  • 2007, “Central Regional Invitational Exhibition,” Oil Painters of America, Southwind Gallery, Topeka, Kansas (Regional)
  • 2005-present, Completed 4 unique, large-scale oil commissions for private collectors.
  • 2004-2009, Showed original oils at over 36 nationally recognized art festivals in 6 states: Minnesota, Kansas, Texas, Colorado, Nebraska, and Missouri.
  • 2002, “104th Midwest Art Exhibition,” Birger Sandzen Memorial Museum, Lindsborg, Kansas (Regional)
  • 1981-2002, Matthew exhibited on a national level in numerous one man and group showings in public, corporate and private settings

PAINTING & RESEARCH PROJECTS

  • 1976-present, Flint Hills plein air painting. Study of flint points and Native American village sites. Emphasis on visualization of prehistoric human habitation and current loss of wildlife habitat.
  • 1979, Four-week painting, hiking and canoe trip, Wyoming, Cloud Peak, Bridger Teton, Wind River, and Yellowstone back country.
  • 1979-present, Painting and photo studies. Kanapolis Lake, Smoky Valley Watershed, Horse Thief Canyon. Emphasis on native plants, beaver pond, petroglyphs, cliff edges, and upland grass areas.
  • 1980, Four-week painting, backpacking and canoe trip through Arizona, Sonora desert, Mogollon Rim, Oak Creek, Grand Canyon, and Lake Powell.
  • 1981 & 1982, Summer art study in Adirondack Mountains of New York State, Lake Champlain, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
  • 1984-1986, “Apocalyptic Visions,” Representational oil paintings on transitions of death and dying
  • 1984-1990, Series of abstract work in acrylic and mixed media on paper 22x30 inches. Pieces grouped as “Sandstone,” “Stone Walls”, “Aerial Earthscapes,” “Mud & Grass Reliefs.”
  • 1983-1986, Series of painting studies, Flint Hills of Kansas, emphasis, Chase County.
  • 1994, Two-week study abroad in Paris, Frankfurt, and Black Forest, Germany.
  • 2004-present, Maxwell Game Preserve, McPherson County, KS. Emphasis bison & elk herds.
  • 2005-present, Cheyenne Bottoms & McPherson Valley Wetlands. Emphasis, swans, geese, ducks, whitetail deer, aquatic plants. Wind effects on water & grass.
  • 2007, Yellowstone National Park back country canoe study. Emphasis on water birds, fauna of Shoshone Geyser Basin, and water effects. Bison study in Lamar Valley.
  • 2010, Invited to visually record the reintroduction of bison herd to National Tallgrass Prairie Preserve.
 

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS SUPPORTED

· Oil Painters of America
· Kansas Native Plant Society
· Great Plains Nature Photographers
· Birgir Sandzen Memorial Museum, Lindsborg, KS
· American Prairie Reserve
· Sierra Club

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