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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 big 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.

Much of my career as an illustrator and graphic designer has been for the National Park Service, including Grand Canyon, Zion, Yosemite, Joshua Tree, and Arches National Parks, as well as several State Parks, Bureau of Land Management, and assorted national and regional organizations and companies, including National Geographic.

When not producing work for exhibit or clients, I enjoy teaching at the Art Institute wing of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson (17th year), as well as the Community Performance and Art Center, Green Valley, AZ. I also teach 1 to 3-day workshops for individuals, small groups, and art organizations both locally and nationally, on request.

 

TEACHING SCHEDULE - Art Institute, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

*Summer, 2021 (2 classes below); Fall-Winter, 2021 (class schedule to come)

*Beginning Watercolor: FUNdamentals: Mon. 9am-Noon; July 19, 26, August 2,9,16, 2021

*Drawing with Scratchboard: Mondays 1-4pm; July 19, 26, August 2,9,16, 2021

 

Community Performance & Art Center-Green Valley, AZ (CPAC):

ALL CLASSES - every Tuesday January-April, 2022: class schedule to come

 

MEMBERSHIPS

Artists for Conservation - www.artistsforconservation.org (Signature Member-16 yr. member)

Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild (SAWG) - www.southernazwatercolorguild.com

Intern'l Soc. of Scratchboard Artists (ISSA) - www.scratchboardsociety.org (Signature Member)

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

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

 

EXHIBITS / Events (2000 - 2021)

2021 - Jury selected to Artists for Conservation members annual show, 2021: "Bullrider"

2021 - Chosen for 'Top Shot' Award from ViewBug for "Georgia's Passion" b&w photo

2021 - Jury selected to Spring, 'Emergence' show, Untitled Gallery, Tucson, AZ

2021 - Jury selected to annual 'Fiesta Sonoran Show' - Award of Merit, So. AZ Watercolor Guild

2020 - International Society of Scratchboard Artists - jury selected 'Red Panda' -members show

2020 - Legacy Award, ViewBug, for the b/w photo, "Shoshone Point."

2020 - Art Institute Faculty-Ironwood Gallery, ASDM, AZ, Aug 1-Nov 1,2020 

2020 - Jury selected to Artists for Conservation member's show, 2 works, Vancouver, Canada

2020 - 'Live' online "Drawing the Sonoran Desert" demo-Art Institute, ASDM (no cost), 6/4/20

2020 - Given "Choice Award, 2020" - 'Georgia's Passion'-b&w photo, NM landscape, ViewBug

2020 - Open Studio - Artists reception & art demos - Mar. 13-14, Hugh Cabot Gallery, Tubac, AZ

2020 - Tubac Village Artists Assoc: members show/Tubac Center of the Arts, June 5-July 31, '20

2020 - Art instructor show, Art Institute, AZ-Sonora Desert Museum (ASDM), 10 works

2020 - Jury Selected to 52nd Annual members exhibit, Southern AZ Watercolor Guild-2 pieces

2019 - One-person show, Community Performance & Art Center, GV, AZ - Oct 31-Dec 2019

2019 - Javelina de Tubac, painted 3-D javelina sculpture (36x48") for Tubac auction/fundraiser

2019 - Tubac Village Artists Association - inaugarul group show, Mar. 10-19, Tubac, AZ

2019 - Jury selected to Artists for Conservation members exhibit, 2019 - "The Long Swim"

2019 - Jury selected, Fiesta Sonora Show, Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild, "Duality"

2019 - Invited to 11th Grand Canyon Celebration of Art, GCNP 100th Anniversary, 2019

2018 - Jury selected, Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild, 51st Annual Show, 'Night Hunter'

2018 - People's Choice Award-Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild, SAWG members show

2018 - Jury selected, Mountain Oysters Club Contemporary Western art exhibit-2 works

2018 - Jury selected, Artists for Conservation annual members' exhibit-'Wood Duck'

2018 - Artist in Residence-Historic Lowe House, Tubac, AZ, ongoing exhibit 2018-19

2017 - Mountain Oyster Club annual juried exhibit: "Great Grandfather's Saddle" sb/wc (sold)

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.)-Awarded 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., Florida

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 - NW New Mexico Arts Council Regional Juried Art Show - 'Yazzie Brothers' Gateway Musuem, NM

AWARDS, HONORS

2019 - Lowe House - Artist in Residence, Tubac, AZ 2019-2020

2018 - People's Choice Award, Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild, "Vernal Falls Moonlight"

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

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

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

2013 - Hon. 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, "Yazzie Brothers," NW New Mexico Arts Council Regional Juried 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 Conservancy, 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

Please contact me at wheelerartworks@gmail.com with any questions.