Rick Minard was born and raised in North Western Pennsylvania and currently lives in Bradford, PA. While he maintains a private fine art studio in his home, he has also worked as a graphic artist as well as an art instructor for local creative arts organizations. He is also an adjunct art professor, teaching courses at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and Jamestown Community College.
Rick works mainly in the abstract and his paintings are figurative as well as non representational. He likes to find ways to integrate his commercial graphic design skills with his love of drawing and painting. He is also a printmaker, specializing in fine art screen printing.
But what he is known for are his unique woven paintings. This process began as a project for 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. This soon became his most notable process, exploring color, texture form and pattern. 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.
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.)
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2019 Light and Shadow KOA Speer Gallery, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, Bradford, PA. Solo
exhibition of new paintings exhibited as part of annual series of featured artists.
2018 Light and Shadow Crary Art Gallery, Warren, PA. New paintings exhibited as part of annual series of
2017 Woven Patterns Solo exhibition organized by the McKean County Arts Council. Landmark Cafe,
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017 Celebrate Color & Light National juried exhibit. Frederick Gallery at the Fredericksburg Center for the
Creative Arts. Fredericksburg, VA.
Light and Shadow national juried exhibit. Mildred M. Cox Gallery at William Woods University,
Let There Be Art group exhibition organized by the McKean County Arts Council. Landmark Cafe,
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.