Richard Carter (American, born 1946)
I moved to the Roaring Fork Valley in 1971 from New Jersey after graduating from Villanova University in 1969. I spent from 1972 thru 1978 working as the studio assistant to former Bauhaus master Herbert Bayer in Bayer’s Aspen studio. I worked on Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking, Tapestry design, Exhibition design, Environmental works as well as Architectural projects. At the same time I worked on my own paintings in my studio in the west end of Aspen. In 1976 I along with two other Aspen Artists conceived of and spearheaded the movement to convert the old Holy Cross Power House into the Aspen Center for Visual Arts. The name later changed to the Aspen Art Museum. I served on that board for for five years. During this time I had numerous solo and group shows locally and nationally of my own work and of course that continues thru today.
While my two children were at the Aspen Community school in Woody Creek I served on their Board and was the president of the that organization for 2 years. I also served for several years on the Board of the Anderson Ranch Arts Center and was instrumental in starting the ongoing annual Art Auction at the Ranch. In 1984 I began working in Film Production as a Production Designer on commercial and feature film shoots on locations world wide. As a result of that work I had to open a second studio and base of operations in Los Angeles and continue to work between LA and Basalt today.
Since 2010 I have served on the board of the ARTBASE in Basalt and most recently since 2011 have worked with the TACAW board to bring the Arts Campus at Willits, a performing Arts facility to reality to serve the mid valley. During all this time I maintained a very active exhibition schedule of my own work in Painting and Drawing in both commercial galleries as well as Institutional shows nationally an internationally. 2016 will see new paintings at the R2 gallery in Carbondale, A group drawing show at the ARTBASE Annex in Basalt and a show at William Havu Gallery in Denver. I remain committed to working overtime as an artist as well as working to make my community a better place to live thru the arts.