Richard Finch retires following 37 years of service

Richard Finch began teaching at ISU and directing Normal Editions Workshop (NEW) in the fall of 1977.
Over these thirty-seven years, NEW has grown and flourished under his direction.
During Richard's tenure as director of NEW:
111 Artists collaborate with NEW staff to create new works (an average of 3 per year)
240 Editions/Projects completed (an average of 6.48 per year)
9861 Impressions created in these editions/projects
3 Books published
54 Traveling shows of NEW publications exhibited
14 shows sponsored by NEW featuring art by alums and visiting artists exhibited
20 Illinois Arts Council Agency Grants awarded
$166,515.00 in externally funded, competitive awards received
and he is
#1 in all our hearts as we congratulate Richard on all his accomplishments and retirement.

Then:
Fall 1977
 Richard Finch leans against the press at
                  NEW, ISU
Richard Finch with the lithography press (a 1976 Takach)
in Normal Editions Workshop during his first year as director.
 Now:
Spring 2014
Richard Finch with press at NEW 2014
Richard Finch with the motorized lithography press (a 2008 Takach) 
in Normal Editions Workshop during his 37th year as director.
    Richard Finch, Professor of Art, received his Master of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.  He joined the Illinois State faculty in 1977.  Finch is Director of Normal Editions Workshop, a professional contract and publishing print workshop in the Center for the Visual Arts which provides students with opportunities to expand their skills in printmaking through collaborative projects with visiting artists and the production of limited-edition prints.
    Finch is co-author (along with James D. Butler) of Lithography and Monotype: A Manual of Simplified Techniques for Student Use.  His information is also included in publications such as 2000 Outstanding Artists and Designers of the 20th Century and 60 national and international exhibitions and at close to 150 national and international juried exhibitions.  He has had numerous solo exhibitions of his works as well as participated in permanent collection exhibitions throughout the United States.
    Finch has been a visiting faculty member in drawing at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, three times and led symposia and workshops in many states, including South Dakota, Massachusetts, New York, Iowa, and Illinois.  He has received grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and Illinois Arts Council.

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