Rick Minard was born and raised in North Western Pennsylvania and currently lives in Bradford, PA. He earned an Associate’s Degree in Visual Communications from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in 1988. He went on to earn his Bachelors of Fine Art Degree in Painting from Clarion University in 1997. In 2010 he received his Master of Fine Arts Degree from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). (Click here for his MFA Thesis.)
While he has always maintained a private fine art studio in his home, he has also worked as a graphic artist. In 2006, he came upon the opportunity to teach in the evening at an area creative arts center, which renewed an interest in teaching. He went on to teach adult education art courses at a local community college and then decided he wanted to pursue his master’s degree. Since earning his MFA has taught courses at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, Jamestown Community College and St. Bonaventure University.
Rick works mainly in the abstract and his paintings have been figurative as well as non representational. During his time at RIT, his research led him to find ways to integrate his commercial graphic design skills with his love of drawing and painting. He also studied non-toxic printmaking, digital transfer printmaking as well as serigraphy.
But what he is known for are his unique woven paintings.
This process began in his final days at Clarion University as he was working on a final project in a weaving class. The final assignment was to weave anything he wanted. Being a painter, he chose to cut up two of his figure paintings and weave them together. Over the years he has been accepted into numerous juried shows and has won such awards such as Best of Show and People’s Choice.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2016 Penn Brad Oil Museum’s Art Show and Benefit Auction, Bradford, PA
2015 PA Wilds Invitational, Crary Art Gallery, Warren, PA.
Faculty and Staff Exhibition, KOA Art Gallery, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
2014 Working Artists, University Gallery, Carlson Library, Clarion University, Clarion, PA; invitational alumni
and faculty exhibition coordinated by Melissa Kuntz.
Member Show 2014, Center Gallery, Jamestown Community College and Olean Public Library, Olean,
NY; juried by Sharon McConnell, Gallery Director, Fosdick-Nelson Gallery at Alfred
University and Sara Zak, Visual Artist and Community Organizer, Buffalo, NY.
Woven, Sewn & Pressed, Dykeman Young Gallery, Jamestown, NY; curated by Debra Eck.
2012 55th Chautauqua Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Strohl Art Center, Chautauqua, NY;
curated by Kim Levin.
Small Works Member Show, Center Gallery, Jamestown Community College, Olean, NY; juried by
Leslie Bellavance and Cynnie Gaash.
SAVI Group Exhibition, Cattaraugus County Arts Council, Allegany, NY, group exhibition.
2011 Emerging/Converging, Damon Morey Law Firm, Buffalo, NY; group exhibition juried by Marcus Wise.
2010 CCAC 2010 Member Show, Center Gallery, Jamestown Community College, Olean NY; exhibition
featuring works by Cattaraugus County Arts Council members, juried by Yu Kanazawa.
Hard Work, Joy Gallery, Rochester NY; shared exhibition with Bradley Butler.
The Image – by any Means, Bevier Gallery, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester NY; MFA
Non-Toxic Print Open – International Competition, Gallery R, Rochester NY; non-toxic printmaking
competition, RIT Professor Keith Howard, curator.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2013 Layered Perceptions, Cattaraugus County Arts Council, Allegany, NY.
2011 Complexity and Simplicity of Pattern, Wellsville Creative Arts Center, Wellsville, NY.
2010 Layered Variance, Cool Beans Café, Bradford PA.
2009 Perceptions, Paper to Pages, Bradford PA.
2008 Local Abstraction, Linger Longer Café, Allegany NY.