Mark E. Ritchie is an artist and educator living and working in Laramie, Wyoming. Ritchie uses printmaking and drawing to move easily between large and small scale works presenting a personal narrative through animal metaphors exploring the thin line between domesticity and untamed wildness.
MFA, printmaking, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (1990)
ISEP Study Abroad Program, South Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education, Cardiff, Wales, U.K. (1986-87)
BFA, printmaking, Kansas University, Lawrence, KS (1986)
Professor, University of Wyoming, Department of Art, Laramie, WY (2001-present)
Wyoming Arts Council Individual Fellowship (2006, 2004, 1999)
Mark E. Ritchie participated in a collaborative print project at Normal Editions Workshop in the Wonsook Kim School of Art at Illinois State University with partial support from a Fell Trust Award October 28-November 1, 2019 and gave a public lecture on October 30, 2019.
Mark E. Ritchie drawing at Normal Editions in 2019.
Mark Ritchie’s many prepared sketches are reviewed to select ones to transfer to the mylar.
Mark Ritchie and Veda Rives Aukerman assessing the success of the transfer of the sketch to the mylar after it was run thru the press.
Mark Ritchie drawing with litho crayon onto mylar to add to the composition
Toni Diprima, Nicci Arnold, Halie Hugenberg, and Mark Ritchie mixing ink to achieve the desired colors for the various layers of the lithographs.
Mark Ritchie reworking drawings on the mylar with water and litho crayons
Mark Ritchie, Visiting Artist, showing sketch possibilities to Lisa Lofgren, University Galleries Registrar and Office Coordinator.
Sarah Smelser and Mark Ritchie discussing the artist's goals in the collaborative print project.
Peytin Fitzgerald sponging the key image plate during the testing of the inks and plates in the color trial proofing session.
Peytin Fitzgerald assists at the press while Veda Rives Aukerman pulls up a freshly printed impression during the color trial proofing session
Impressions from the color trial proofing are laid out on the table for review while looking for the best representation of the artist's vision to be selected as R.T.P. (right to print)