Michael Rich teaches painting and drawing in the Visual Art Studies Program. He has received a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design, and a MFA from The Savannah College of Art and Design.
Michael Rich exhibits nationally and internationally through regular gallery and museum exhibits. Rich’s work has recently been the subject of a retrospective exhibit at the Walton Art Center, Fayetteville Arkansas and was featured in a one-person exhibition at the Newport Art Museum, RI. He is the 1996 recipient of the Basil H. Alkazzi Award (USA) and his work is featured in private and public collections nationally including, The Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA and the Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, OH.
Michael is represented in New York by the Birnam Wood Gallery, in San Francisco at Adler and Co. Gallery, as well as the ARC Fine Art, Fairfield, CT; Patricia Carega Gallery, Center Sandwhich, NH, Chace-Randall Gallery, Andes, NY and the Old Spouter Gallery, Nantucket. Professor Rich also shows his work in Ferrara, Italy through Trevisan Art International.
Time spent around the waters of Nantucket Island and the hills of central Italy helped to shape a love and interest in landscape and natural rhythms of color that remain very much a focal point in his work today. A dedicated practitioner of yoga, Rich is influenced greatly by Eastern philosophy and art in an approach to nature and landscape as a wellspring for spiritual investigation and meditation. In a recent essay entitled, Abstraction and Nature in the Paintings of Michael Rich, the noted critic, Donald Kuspit writes of Rich’s paintings:
“Rich’s abstract landscapes restore us to the prereflective --not to say prelapsarian--state of unity between object (nature) and subject (sensation and feeling) we experienced before we discovered our separateness from nature (or rather our difference within nature). Thus their mystic import, and with that their sense of radical aliveness.”
A Storm is Coming, 2008, oil and wax on canvas
Berkshire Bonneville, 2008, oil and wax on canvas, 68 x 62 in
Inner Harber, 2009, oil and wax on canvas, 22 x 26 in
Tomorrow, 2010, oil and wax on canvas, 50 x 54 in