Rick Minard was born and raised in North Western Pennsylvania and currently lives in Bradford, PA. His paintings appear in both private and public collections in Buffalo, New York, Huntington Beach, California, Guanajuato, Mexico and Geneva, Switzerland. He maintains an art studio in his home, and worked for many years as a graphic designer. He is now an adjunct professor, teaching art courses at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and Jamestown Community College. Rick is also a managing partner in the Allegheny Mountain Arts Gallery where he oversees exhibitions and community engagement.
Rick's paintings range from abstract figurative and landscape images to non-representational expressions of hue and surface variation. He strives to find ways to integrate his experience and skills in commercial graphic design with his love of drawing and painting. He is also a printmaker, specializing in lino-cut and fine art screen printing.
But what he is known for are his unique woven paintings. This process began as an assignment during his undergraduate studies. 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.
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. 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.
(Click here for his MFA Thesis.)
Hands: A work in Progress Blaisdell Hall, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, Bradford, PA. Mural design in collaboration with University students focusing on diversity, equity and inclusion.
My America Is University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, Bradford, PA. Temporary interactive campus community project encouraging dialog and engagement.
Woodstock 50th Anniversary Mural 171 MainStreet, Bradford, PA. In collaboration with Greg Souchik a mural commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Music Festival.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
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.
Light and Shadow Crary Art Gallery, Warren, PA. New paintings exhibited as part of annual series of featured artists.
Woven Patterns Solo exhibition organized by the McKean County Arts Council. Landmark Cafe, Bradford, PA
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
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,
Penn Brad Oil Museum’s Art Show and Benefit Auction, Bradford, PA
PA Wilds Invitational, Crary Art Gallery, Warren, PA.
Faculty and Staff Exhibition, KOA Art Gallery, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
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.
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.
Emerging/Converging, Damon Morey Law Firm, Buffalo, NY; group exhibition juried by Marcus Wise.
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 Thesis Exhibition.
Non-Toxic Print Open – International Competition, Gallery R, Rochester NY; non-toxic printmaking competition, RIT Professor Keith Howard, curator.