Richard Black, RE

Title: Artist & Educator
Company: Drake University
Location: Farnhamville, Iowa, United States

Richard Black, RE, Artist and Educator at Drake University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in printmaking.

Mr. Black uses the intaglio process of printmaking, which is a technique in which the image is incised into a surface and the sunken area holds the ink. Described by some as abstract, Mr. Black’s prints are composed of tightly-rendered textures and patches of color that are layered over one another to create a sense of pattern. However, although Mr. Black’s prints are abstract in nature, a close examination of the work emerges recognizable forms, thereby allowing the viewer to decipher the meaning and tone of the print for themselves.

For 34 years, Mr. Black was an art professor at Drake University in Des Moines, IA, where he also founded the Drake University Biennial Print Symposium, which has brought nationally-renowned artists to Iowa to lecture on the art of printmaking. Prior to this position, he was the director of the David Strawn Art Gallery from 1960 to 1994 and an art instructor at Illinois College from 1958 to 1960. When he wasn’t teaching, Mr. Black was the subject of a one-person exhibition at the Des Moines Art Center and was frequently showcased at the Blanden Art Museum, the Olson Larsen Galleries, Wayne State University, and the Mall Gallery in London, England.

A royal etcher with the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, Mr. Black has amassed several honors throughout his career. The recipient of the Printmaking Today Award from the RE Annual Exhibition in 2011 and 2016, he was also a featured artist in Drake Blue Publishers in 2013 and named an Outstanding Printmaker by the Mid America Print Council Journal in 2012. He was also presented with the Outstanding Printmaker Award from the Mid America Print Council in 1996, the Francis Witherspoon Printmakers Award from the Dome Gallery in 1991, and the First Friends of Drake Arts Award for Excellence in Teaching and Artistic Achievement in 1987. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Drake University and a Master of Science in art education from the University of Wisconsin.

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