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April Issue 2010

Green Hill Center for NC Art in Greensboro, NC, Features Works by Richard Ritter

Richard Ritter

The Green Hill Center for NC Art in Greensboro, NC, will present the exhibit, Richard Ritter: 40 years of Glass, on view from Apr. 9 through May 14, 2010.

The exhibition was organized by the Fine Art Museum of Western Carolina University and the Toe River Arts Council. The exhibit will include over 70 works from 1969 through 2010, including selected pieces from the Grail, Florescence and Floral Core series. 

Ritter has been an active participant in the Studio Art Glass Movement for over 40 years, creating glass with his wife, Jan Williams, in the mountains of North Carolina near Penland School of Crafts. He is known for his work using the "murrini" process where segments with a patterned cross section sliced from a glass rod, are incorporated into blown glass pieces.

Ritter's work has been featured on the cover of American Craft magazine, and he is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the North Carolina Arts Council. His work has been exhibited internationally and is represented in public and private collections including the Corning Museum of Glass, the Museum of Arts and Design, the permanent White House Crafts Collection, the Mint Museum of Craft + Design, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

Originally from Michigan, Ritter has had ties to North Carolina since 1971, when he enrolled in a summer session at Penland School of Crafts. He credits Penland's "incredible unstructured alternative to the university experience" with providing him with the time to explore, invent, experiment and perfect his craft.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery lisitngs, call the Center at 336/333-7460 or visit (www.greenhillcenter.org).

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