Lorna was born in 1947. From an early age, the arts were an important part of Lorna Ritz’s life. She dueted flute with her Mother, a concert pianist, who enrolled her in art museum classes when she was six.

Lorna received a BFA from Pratt Institute and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. She taught at Rhode Island School of Design, Brown University, University of Minnesota, Dartmouth College, and Vermont Studio Center from 1991–2013. She received a Community Residency abutting the vast ocean at Dune Shacks, in Provincetown, MA, described in this blog.

Lorna taught painting in Tecucigalpa, Honduras, Medellin, Colombia, Malta, and France through US Information Agency. She met artists in Townships of South Africa and it was through color that she communicated with the artists there. She taught at American University, in Umbria, Italy, at the New York Studio School, and at the Institute American Universities in Aix-en-Provence. She has offered instruction online that can be viewed at the Teaching Artist Podcast.

Lorna’s Exhibitions include: Anita Shapolsky Gallery, NYC, Art-in-Embassies Program in Africa, Guatemala, Cape Verde, Caracas, presently Hong Kong, Divinity Center at Yale University, Oresman Gallery, Brown Fine Arts Center, Smith College, Bowery Gallery, NYC, Fine Arts Center ‘The Contemporary Art Museum’ at University of Massachusetts, Hood Museum at Dartmouth College, The Oxbow Gallery, and the Fine Arts Center in Provincetown, MA.

Collections include the Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Hale and Dorr Law Firm, (Boston), Bank of Boston, Johnson and Johnson, Anderson Museum Contemporary Art, (NM), Burnham Institute, (CA), Veridex, (NJ), Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Childrens’ Hospital, Boston, Nataxis Global Asset Management, Boston, Cedars-Sinai Hospital, Los Angeles.

Grants Lorna has received include: Esther & Adolph Gottlieb Foundation Individual Support Award, Pollock-Krasner Award, Kittredge Grant, Harvard University, Puffin Foundation Grant working w/prisoners, George Sugarman Foundation Award, Artists’ Fellowship, NYC, Haven Foundation Award, Maine, Artist’s Resource Trust, and the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.

How colors relate is everything: the color finds the light, creates the shape. Hear Lorna’s insights on her painting process in this FENIX Interview.

See more at www.lornaritz.com.

Lorna Ritz's Portfolios