Rick received his formal art training in New York at the National Academy of Design, the New York Academy (now known as the Graduate School for Figurative Art), and the Art Students League. He studied painting and drawing with a number of notable art instructors, including Robert Beverly Hale (anatomy), Ted Seth Jacobs (painting), Ron Sherr (painting), and Harvey Dinnerstein (painting). Subsequently he earned his Master of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, where he was influenced by the sculptor Billy Lee.
Rick has shown his work in a number of venues nationally, including galleries in Chicago, Washington DC, and New York. He has received recognition for both his sculpture and painting. Recent awards have included grants from the Vogelstein Foundation (2009), Finalist in the Peer Gynt Konkurransen (2007), Outwin Boochever Portrait Finalist (2006), Bader Fund (2005), the George Sugarman Foundation (2005) and a fellowship from the Virginia Commission for the Arts (2005).
The artist lives in Charlottesville with his wife Tracy, and their son Max. He teaches privately in his River Road studio and at Piedmont Virginia Community College. He also gives workshops through the Art League in Alexandria, Virginia.
Articles (click titles):
True to Form - David Maurer of the Charlottesville Daily Progress, May 4, 2014
Putting a Face with a Name - by David A. Maurer of the Charlottesville Daily Progress