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Biography - Rick Wheeler

Originally from California, I have lived in the Four Corners region of the American southwest since 1994. The cultural and natural history of the area has been a heavy influence on my work, which includes landscape, wildlife, and figurative.

I attended the San Francisco Art Institute, as well as the San Francisco Academy of Art University. I was awarded a scholarship to study drawing and painting at the Institute, and later studied illustration at the Academy. I hold an A.A. degree in graphic design, and a B.A. in Fine Art from Prescott College, Arizona.

When not producing work for exhibit or clients, I enjoy teaching at the Art Institute wing of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (entering my 13th year), and as a mentor at Prescott College, Tucson. I also teach 1 to 3-day workshops for individuals, small groups, and art organizations both locally and nationally, on request.


WHERE I'M TEACHING 2017-2018

November, 2017-June, 2018: Art Institute, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

(please see www.desertmuseum.org/arts/ for list of classes I teach)

January-May, 2018: Community Performing & Arts Center, Green Valley, AZ

Tuesdays only: Scratchboard/watercolor 9-Noon; Acrylic landscape 1-4pm

November 9, 2017: Santa Rita Art League, Green Valley, AZ

Group demonstration: Acrylic Painting: A Painterly Approach, 1-3pm

November 17-18-19, 2017: Tubac School of Fine Art, Tubac, AZ

3-day workshop: Beginning Watercolor, 10am-4pm

February 24-25, 2018: Tubac Center of the Arts: Tubac, AZ

2-day workshop:Scratchboard/watercolor: Combining drawing with painting, 10am-4pm


MEMBERSHIPS

Artists for Conservation (www.natureartists.com)

Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (20 yr. member, retired 2015)

International Society of Scratchboard Artists (www.scratchboardsociety.com)

Fine Art World (www.WheelerArtWorks.fineartworld.com)

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (www.desertmuseum.org/arts/)


GROUP EXHIBITS / Events (2000-2017)

2017 - Received group award from the Arizona Daily Star for the Reader's Choice selection for "Best Arts/Cultural Educational Program," Art Institute, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ. I'm one of several art instructors listed in the award for the Art Institute.

 2017 - Jury selected, Artists for Conservation annual members exhibit-2 works selected

2017 - Invited to Artists for Conservation members exhibit in Qingdao, China, Summer, 2017

2017 - Invited to the 9th annual Grand Canyon Celebration of Art, Sept 17-Jan 15, 2018

2017 - Jury selected, Portland Open Studios, Oct. 14-15 & 21-22, 2017-Portland, OR

2017 - Invited to participate in "The Hero's Journey" exhibit, Columbia Center of the Arts, Hood River, OR, January 6-29; entered "Ancient Stories" (4 x 6 ft.)-received 3rd Place

2016 - Selected to exhibit work at the Art & Conservation Symposium, Art Institute, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ as part of Artists for Conservation members exhibit

2016 - Mountain Oyster Club annual juried show, Tucson, AZ - "Bobcat" sb/wc (sold)

2016 - Invited to participate in Prescott College's 50th anniversary "Alumni Retrospective Show," held at the Sam Hill Gallery, Oct 18-Dec 19, 2016

2016 - Jury selected to Oregon Society of Artists annual members exhibit, Portland, OR

2016 - "Nature Art Exhibit" - online juried exhibit - sponsor: lightspacetime.com - Wood Duck

2016 - "Extreme Size Exhibit" - Oregon Society of Artists, Portland: Fall's End - acrylic - 4x5'

2016 - Jury selected: 7th Annual Nature & Wildlife Exhibit, St Augustine Art Assoc., FL-2 works

2016 - Sitka Center for Art & Ecology, OR: taught 3-day scratchboard/wc workshop 6/17-19

2016 - Jury selected: Artists for Conservation members exhibit, 2016 / 2 works chosen

2016 - "A Compendium of Beasts" - jury selected, Cannon Beach Gallery, OR, May 7-June 5

2016 - Exhibited at Cattlemen's Western Art Show & Sale, Paso Robles, CA, Apr 8-10

2016 - Jury selected to 5th Annual Int'l Society of Scratchboard Artists members exhibit

2016 - Jury selected to 31st annual Yosemite Renaissance art exhibit, Yosemite Museum Gallery, Yosemite Nationanl Park, CA - for "Vernal Falls Moonlight"

2015 - Included in article, "How to Use Ritual to Find Your Creative Zone" by Chas Martin,   Professional Artist Magazine, December 2015-January 2016 issue

2015 - Group exhibit-Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, Portland OR-Blue Ribbon for Grizzly

2015 - Committee selected for cash award, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Gala fundraiser

2015 - Jury selected to Artists for Conservation annual members exhibit, Vancouver, CA

2015 - Jury selected to International Society of Scratchboard Artists annual exhibit

2015 - Invited to participate in "Sonoran Intersections" art exhibit, which incorporates work from the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum shown at the Science Museum of the National Independent University of Mexico, Mexico City, March 12-May 31, 2015

2015 - Invited to participate in Grand Canyon Celebration of Art, Sept. 2015 (6th appearance)

2015 - Published in January issue, Southwest Art magazine-"Top Honors" article

2015 - Exhibited at Cattlemen's Western Art Show & Sale, Paso Robles, CA 3/27-29, 2015

2014 - Published in Artists for Conservation hardcover book of members juried exhibit, for my entry "Ocelot"

2014 - Jury selected to Artist's Magazine's 31st Annual Art Competition for "Ocelot"

2014 - Jury selected to "Artists for Conservation" virtual exhibit, Vancouver, Canada

2014 - Selected as "Artist of the Month," Artist's Magazine, May, 2014

2014 - Guild of Natural Science Illustrators-Members Annual Juried Exhibit, for "Ocelot," University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, Boulder, CO

2014 - America's Parks II - Jury selected 2 works - Honorable Mention Award, "Gray Hawk"

2013 - Included in Ampersand Art blog article, "Insights from the World of Scratchbord" Lisa Goesling, author

2013 - Paint the Parks - Top 100 - National Juried Touring Show, Coutts Museum of Art, KS

2013 - Tubac Center for the Arts - Jury selected to Members' Annual Exhibit

2013 - Grand Canyon Celebration of Art - Kolb Studio, Grand Canyon NP, AZ (fifth annual)

2013 - Artist's Magazine 30th Annual Art Competition-2 juried works, "Wildlife/Animal" category

2013 - International Society of Scratchboard Artists - member's annual juried exhibit-Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia

2013 - "Border Celebrations," group show-Tubac Center of the Arts, AZ (Honorable Mention)

2012 - Artists for Conservation - Members Juried Virtual Exhibit - 2 works selected + book

2012 - Grand Canyon Celebration of Art - Kolb Studio, Grand Canyon NP, AZ (fourth annual)

2012 - Guild of Natural Science Illustrators-Annual Juried-Savannah College Art & Design, GA

2012 - International Society of Scratchboard Artists - ARThouse Gallery, Glen Ellen, CA

2011 - Paint the Parks - Top 100 Mini - National Juried Touring Exhibit, Coutts Museum of Art

2011 - Southwest Contemporary Realism - Arroyo Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2011 - Grand Canyon Celebration of Art - Kolb Studio, Grand Canyon NP, AZ (third annual)

2010 - Grand Canyon Celebration of Art - Kolb Studio, Grand Canyon NP, AZ (second annual)

2009 - Grand Canyon Celebration of Art - Kolb Studio, Grand Canyon NP, AZ (first annual)

2008 - Zion National Park: A Century of Sanctuary - St George Art Museum, St George, UT

2008 - Guild of Natural Science Illustrators - Members Juried Exhibit - Cornell University, NY

2007 - Paint the Parks - Top 100 - National Juried Touring Exhibit

2006 - Legacy of Grand Canyon Art - Grand Canyon NP - exhibit of permanent collection

2006 - Guild of Natural Science Illustrators-Members Juried Exhibit-Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison

2004 - Arts for the Parks - Mini 100 Juried - Jackson, WY

2003 - Guild of Natural Science Illustrators-Members Annual Juried Exhibit-Denver Museum of Nature & Science

2001 - 9th Biennial National Juried Exhibition - Dinnerware Gallery, AZ (Fritz Scholder, juror)

2000 - Northwest New Mexico Arts Council Regional Juried Art Show - Gateway Musuem, NM

AWARDS, HONORS

2015 - Awarded "Blue Ribbon" (cash award)-Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, Portland, OR

2014 - People's Choice Award, Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Member's Exhibit, "Scrub Jay"

2013 - Honorable Mention, America's Parks II for "Gray Hawk"

2013 - Honorable Mention - Borders Celebrations, Tubac Center of the Arts, AZ for "Open Space"

2010 - Nominated for best "Children's Picture Book" - ForeWord Book Awards - illustrator, "Madera Canyon"

2008 - Jurors Award - Zion National Park: A Century of Sanctuary - Peter Hassrick, juror - for "Virgin River, Late Afternoon Light" - acrylic

 2000 - Honorable Mention (3rd place) - NW New Mexico Arts Council Regional Juried Art Show

PERMANENT COLLECTIONS

2015 - "Return of the Condor" National Park Service, Department of Interior, Grand Canyon

2014 - Tucson Musicians Museum, Tucson, AZ - "Federico Ronstadt" portrait

2008 - St George Art Museum, St George, UT - "Virgin River, Late Afternoon Light"

2006 - Grand Canyon Association, Grand Canyon National Park "Desert Wildflower Series: Prickly Pear Cactus"

2006 - Patagonia Company, CA - "El Capitan"

1998 - Grand County, UT - "Owl Night Long"

1975 - Sonoma State University, CA - Untitled monoprint