Artist | Michael Rich

Michael Rich’s early years were spent in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains and surrounded by the waters of New England. Graduate studies and later travels to Italy heightened an awareness of the opposing elements of the Mediterranean landscape’s serenity and nature’s tenacity. In his paintings, drawings and prints Rich investigates the natural rhythms of nature’s harmony and irascibility through opacity and translucency of color. A dedicated practitioner of yoga, Rich is influenced greatly by Eastern philosophy and art in an approach to nature and landscape as a wellspring for spiritual investigation and meditation.

Recent featured museum exhibitions include The Bristol Art Museum (2014), The Newport Art Museum (2008) and the Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville Arkansas (2007). Rich is the 1996 recipient of the Basil H. Alkazzi Award (USA) was included in Sotheby’s auction series, International Young Art. His work is featured in private and public collections nationally including, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York, NY; The Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA and the Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, OH.

Michael Rich lives and works in Providence, RI and Nantucket MA and is a Professor of Art at Roger Williams University, Bristol, Rhode Island.



2015    Large Scale • Candita Clayton Gallery, Pawtucket, RI

2015    One Not Like the Other • Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI

2015    To Paint a Flower • Old Spouter Gallery, Nantucket, MA

2014    A Season’s Journey, Not Far From Home • Old Spouter Gallery

2013    The Garden • Old Spouter Gallery

2012    Traveler • Chace-Randall Gallery, Andes, NY

2012    Restoration • Old Spouter Gallery

2011    Before Summer Rain • Old Spouter Gallery

2010    The Sea and Tulips • Old Spouter Gallery

2010    Intimate Landscapes • Patricia Carega Gallery, Center Sandwich, NH

2010    Sea, Sky and Land: Abstractions of Nantucket • ARC Fine Art, Fairfield, CT

2009    Taking Refuge • Old Spouter Gallery

2008    New Paintings • George Billis Gallery, New York, NY

2007    New Paintings • Adler & Co. Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2007    New Paintings • Old Spouter Gallery

2007    New Paintings • George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2006    A Season by the Sea • Old Spouter Gallery

2006    New Paintings • George Billis Gallery, NY

2005    Sea, Sky and Stone • Old Spouter Gallery

2004    Meditations • Old Spouter Gallery

2002    New Paintings • South Wharf Gallery, Nantucket, MA

2000    Cool Waters • South Wharf Gallery

1997    Compositions • South Wharf Gallery

1997    Elements of Place • Gallerie Lumière

1996    My Places • South Wharf Gallery

1995    The X Gallery, Nantucket, MA

1995    The Artists Association of Nantucket, Nantucket, MA

1991    Sun Gallery


1997    Masters of Fine Arts, Painting • Savannah College of Art & Design

1995    University of Georgia Studies Abroad Program, Cortona, Italy

1991    Bachelors of Fine Arts, Illustration • Rhode Island School of Design


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2000-2016   Professor of Art: Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI

1997-2000   Professor of Painting: Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA


2014    Bristol Art Museum, Bristol, RI

2008    To the Sea • Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI

2007    Nantucket Walkabouts • Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville, AR