From figurative to landscape painting, live observation, to photo referenced portraits. Richard has been working at his local studio business, painting commissions for clients, and painting from reference he finds online or from observation on location. His works vary in subject matter and purpose and he enjoys working with others to provide purpose and effectiveness to the artwork he makes. Please feel free to contact him by email or phone for any art commissions or painting instruction.
Richard Fritz is a formally trained artist working in the fine art forms of painting, drawing. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Kansas City Art Institute with additional training in painting and illustration at Memphis College of Art and St. Louis Community College. He was recently awarded an art residency at the Rensing Center in South Carolina. He is a recipient of the ArtsKC Fund Inspiration Grant Award and a co-recipient of a Rocket Grant project awarded by Charlotte Street Foundation and the University of Kansas Spencer Museum of Art via funding through Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
Richard has created art that has been enjoyed by many kinds of audiences throughout the United States. He was an accomplished scenic painter for New Dinner Theater. His paintings have since been loaned to prominent theaters in New York. Since his days as a scenic painter, Richard expanded his repertoire to include an outdoor sculpture for a Kansas Elementary School and selling artwork including a larger than life portrait bought by Will Shields of the Kansas City Chiefs. Richard Fritz has served as lead artist on a Kansas City International Airport One Percent for Art mural project, project manager for creative curriculum development via a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, community projects for the Environmental Protection Agency Educational Department, multiple large scale murals and creative projects in the Greater Kansas City area school districts. Also, he has advanced skill sets in audio and video production. He has produced fine art animations, educational videos for the U.S. Department of Education and in-depth reporting videos about the choices and lifestyle of inner city and incarcerated youth for the Family Court System.
Richard has over 17 years experience in the nonprofit sector working as an executive level administrator, grant writer, trainer, teacher and mentor working with the homeless, at risk kids and incarcerated youth. As VP of Operations for a midsize art organization, Richard Fritz has handled large budgets, strategized and executed the operation of many public art events. Currently Richard is a partner in the operations of a Kansas City "Crossroads Art District" gallery, MOD Gallery.
See Richard's art published in Kansas City Voices' Volume 10 Anniversary Edition. On sale now here.