Rick Cartwright

Professor Emeritus

Email: rcartwright@sf.edu

Rick Cartwright is the former dean of the School of Creative Arts (SOCA) at the University of Saint Francis. His art expertise is drawing and mixed media painting. Mr. Cartwright was named a Lilly Scholar in 1993 and was the 1990-1991 recipient of the Sears-Roebuck Foundation Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award. In 2003, Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne honored Mr. Cartwright by presenting him with the Esther Ritz Collyer Award for Lifetime Achievement in Art Education.

Artist Statement 

“My work as an artist is based on the love of drawing, mixed media, and working with actual and simulated texture. The study of the figure is important because it is a universal symbol that transcends all languages and sociopolitical barriers. Within the structure of the figure, one can express and present a broad range of human emotion and experience. The work most often contains some classical drawing or painting investigating form, light and spatial position. Often, the work contains shapes and forms that are three-dimensional which serves to contrast the drawing. In some cases, the use of both two-dimensional and three-dimensional forms in the same work strengthens the content by adding metaphorical and intellectual messages to the work of art.”


Born in North Carolina; married with two children.


  • Master of Fine Art in Painting – Bowling Green State University, 1975
    • Minor in graphics, art history and an outside department concentration in theatre and stage design
    • Teaching Fellowship – Drawing II
  • Master of Arts – Bowling Green State University, 1974
    • Thesis on Combine Painting: Illusions and Reality
    • Graduate Teaching Assistant – Art 101
  • Bachelor of Science in Art – University of North Carolina at Pembroke, 1973
    • Education with certification in K through 12th grades
    • Graduated cum laude

Post-Graduate Development Activities

  • NASAD Conference; 1997-present
  • National Council of Art Administrators; 2001-2008
  • Trustee Member of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art; 2003-2009
  • Community Arts Council; 2002-2004
  • SFC Development Grant, New Directions Visual Arts; 1994
  • Lilly Fellowship, Design and Decoration; 1992-1993
  • School of the Visual Arts; 1991 New York, N.Y.
  • Associated Colleges of Indiana Continuing Development – Education Program; 1988
  • Bernard Chaet Workshop, Memphis Academy of Art; 1986
  • Europe Study; 1979, 1985, 1997-present
  • Paper-making class, Kathryn Clark, Twinrocker, Inc.; 1984
  • Creative Thinking Workshop, led by Bob Samples and Cheryl Charles; 1979 Estes Park, Colo.
  • Paper-making classes, Bernie Vinzan, Twinrocker, Inc. Brookston, Ind.
  • Management and Evaluation Training, National Center for Leadership Development, Atlanta University; 1980

Honors and Awards

  • Esther Ritz Collyer Award for Lifetime Achievement in Art Education presented by Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne; 2003
  • Lilly Endowment Fellowship Recipient, one of 10 selected from Indiana colleges and universities; 1992-1993
  • Sears-Roebuck Teaching Excellence & Campus Leadership Award; 1991
  • Arts United of Fort Wayne, recognized as one of 16 Indiana artists who have made an outstanding contribution to the arts in Indiana; 1990

Teaching Experience

University of Saint Francis

  • Professor of Art, 1975-2000
  • Department Chair, 2000-2003
  • Dean, 2004-present
  • Courses taught from 1975-2008:
    • 2-D Composition
    • Intro to Fine Art
    • Beginning and Advanced Drawing
    • Beginning and Advanced Painting
    • American Art History
    • Graphic Design
    • 2-D Advertising Design
    • Fundamentals of Art I
    • Senior Project
  • Graduate School Instructor, 1975-present
    • Drawing
    • Painting

Exhibition Record

  • Participated in 75 local, regional and national exhibitions since 1975
  • Complete record available upon request