Cameron Ritcher

BIOGRAPHY

Cameron Wilson Ritcher

Born 1995

 

Artist Statement

“The aesthetic of my work is born of the industrial and household materials I am using, and the playful and often nonsensical manner in which I have approached them. My works are constructions of individual pieces of materials that have been attached together. This process allows me to synthesize disparate ideas to create works that are simultaneously spontaneous, yet entirely within my control. 

Some of the marks made are purely non-objective: derived only from ambiguous instinct. Yet some of the marks become more illustrative: direct descriptions of things I’ve seen. Either way, what’s most important to me is the character of the marks, not what they are depicting. Sometimes realism is a means to that end.

I know a painting is finished when it feels balanced and is not dominated by a single element. Just like the rest of my process, this is a meditative decision and is based entirely on intuition. I ask questions and present new possibilities, leaving the viewer with a trace of familiarity, but less information than is needed for a concrete conclusion.

Of course, my work does not exist within a vacuum and it is only responsible of me to think of what impact my work may have on the world. I know, at my core, that I was designed for a very specific job: making paintings, simply for the sake of making paintings. I feel an intense and spiritual excitement and curiosity while making my work. Maybe it is a glimpse of heaven. My hope is that the viewer would feel at least a fraction of that.”

 

Education

2013-17

     James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

     Bachelor of Science Degree in Studio Art, Pre K-12 Visual Arts Teaching Licensure, Senior Achievement Award - Painting Concentration Area

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Solo Exhibitions: 

2019

     Immediate Gratification, BOJUart, Virginia Beach, VA

2018

     Calvin Ball, Spitzer Art Center, Harrisonburg, VA

2017

     Stanley Hudson, 292 N. Gallery, Harrisonburg, VA

2015

     Everything is a Cat, Artworks, Harrisonburg, VA

2014

     Gluttony, Artworks, Harrisonburg, VA

 

Group Shows and Art Fairs

2020

2020

     SIZE DOESN’T MATTER, Glave Kocen Gallery, Richmond, VA

     Organized Abstraction, TEW Galleries, Atlanta, GA

2019

     Current Art Fair, Richmond, VA

     Hung Juried, Glave Kocen, Richmond, VA

     **Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, Winter Park, FL

     Arlington Festival of the Arts, Arlington, VA

     Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show, Philadelphia, PA

2018

     The Other Art Fair, Mana Contemporary, Chicago, IL

     All-Media Juried Show, Crossroads Art Center, Richmond, VA

     Kansas City Plaza Art Fair, Kansas City, MO

     **VA MOCA Boardwalk Art Show, VA Beach, VA

     Companion Planting, Arts Council of the Valley, Harrisonburg, VA

     Arlington Festival of the Arts, Arlington, VA

     Lake Norman Festival of the Arts, Huntersville, NC

     Taubman Museum of Art Sidewalk Show, Roanoke, VA

     Crocker Park Fine Art Fair, Cleveland, OH

     Beaux Arts Festival of Art, Miami, FL

2017

     Chastain Park Arts Festival, Atlanta, GA

     Ocala Arts Festival, Ocala, FL

     Leesburg Fall Fine Arts Festival, Leesburg, VA

     **Stockley Gardens Fall Arts Festival, Norfolk, VA

     National Juried Show at The Bower Center for the Arts, Bedford, VA

     Virginia Beach Museum of Contemporary Art Boardwalk Show, Virginia Beach, VA

     Taubman Museum of Art Sidewalk Show, Roanoke, VA

     LOCAL at The Shenandoah Valley Art Center, Waynesboro, VA

     Welcome, 292 N. Gallery, Harrisonburg, VA

     6x6x30, Spitzer Art Center, Harrisonburg, VA

     Incarnation, 292 N. Gallery, Harrisonburg, VA  2016

     **RVAS Annual Juried Show, Lynchburg, VA

     Hill Center Galleries Regional Juried Exhibition, Washington, DC

     **Edna Curry/John Bower Exhibition, Bower Center for the Arts, Bedford, VA      6x6x30, Spitzer Art Center, Harrisonburg, VA

     Larkin Arts Regional Juried Show, Harrisonburg, VA      Exploring Lent in Black and White, 292 N Gallery, Harrisonburg, VA

     Taubman Museum of Art Sidewalk Show, Roanoke, VA

     **James Madison University Undergraduate Juried Show, Harrisonburg, VA

     Two:Too, Madison Union, Harrisonburg, VA 2015

     The Gallery U Invitational, The Alternative Gallery, Allentown, PA

     **James Madison University Undergraduate Juried Show, Harrisonburg, VA 2014

     James Madison University Undergraduate Juried Show, Artworks, Harrisonburg, VA

2013

     6x6 Juried Show, Larkin Arts, Harrisonburg, VA    

     Buckley Moss Invitational, Waynesboro, VA

 

Awards and Honors

     Award of Excellence – Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, Winter Park, FL

     Thomas A. Felton Jr. Award of Distinction in Fine Art - VA MOCA Boardwalk Art Show, VA Beach, VA

     Randy Harris Memorial Award - Stockley Gardens Fall Arts Festival, Norfolk, VA

     Honorable Mention - Riverviews Artspace Annual Juried Show, Lynchburg, VA

     Award of Merit - Edna Curry/John Bower Exhibition, Bedford, VA

     Jay D. Kain Scholarship in Art Education

     Marion Park Lewis Foundation Scholarship

     JMU Studio Art Achievement Award - Painting Concentration      Disassembled Clock - Home Sweet Home accepted into Gardy Loo Arts and Literature Magazine      Juror's Award - James Madison University Undergraduate Juried Show 2015-16