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Rick Cartwright

Rick Cartwright

Dean of the School of Creative Arts

Rick Cartwright is the Dean of The School of Creative Arts at the University of Saint Francis. He is responsible for the oversight of all areas and functions of the school. His art expertise is drawing and mixed media painting. Mr. Cartwright was named a Lilly Scholar in 1993 and he was the 1990-91 recipient of the Sears-Roebuck Foundation Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award.  In 2003, Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne honored Mr. Cartwright by presenting him the Esther Ritz Collyer Award for Lifetime Achievement in Art Education.

Artist Statement 

My work as an artist is based on the love of drawing, mixed media and working with actual and simulated texture. The study of the figure is important because it is a universal symbol that transcends all languages and socio-political barriers. Within the structure of the figure one can express and present a broad range of human emotion and experience. The work most often contains some classical drawing or painting investigating form, light and spatial position. Often the work contains shapes and forms that are three-dimensional which serves to contrast the drawing. In some cases, the use of both two-dimensional and three-dimensional forms in the same work strengthens the content by adding metaphorical and intellectual messages to the work of art.


Born in North Carolina; married with two children


MFA (Painting) 1975, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH 43402
Minor in Graphics, Art History and an outside department concentration in Theater and State Design
- Teaching Fellowship - Drawing II

MA 1974; Bowling Green State University
Thesis: Combine Painting: Illusions and Reality
- Graduate Teaching Assistant - Art 101

BS 1973, graduated Cum laude, University of North Carolina @ Pembroke, Art Education with certification in Grades K-12

Post Graduate Development Activities

Honors and Awards 

2003 - Esther Ritz Collyer Award for Lifetime Achievement in Art Education presented by Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne.
1992-93 - Lilly Endowment Fellowship Recipient (one of ten selected from Indiana Colleges and Universities)
1991 - Sears-Roebuck Teaching Excellence & Campus Leadership Award
1990 - Arts United of Fort Wayne recognized 16 Indiana artists who have made outstanding contribution to the arts in Indiana

Teaching experiences

Professor of Art, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, Indiana - 1975-2000
Department Chair - 2000-2003
Dean, 2004-present

Courses taught from 1975-2008:

Instructor in Graduate School in Drawing and Painting - 1975-present

Exhibition Record

Participated in 75 local, regional and national exhibitions since 1975. Complete record available upon request.