Robert Ecker (1936 – 2017) received his bachelor’s degree from Shippensburg University, attended The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Penn State in 1965. He taught in the Art Departments at Washington State University from 1965 to 1972 and the University of Colorado from 1972 until 2001. He has had more than thirty solo exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad and has been included in more than 150 national and international group exhibitions where he received 30 prizes and purchase awards, including the President’s Purchase Award at the Society of American Graphic Artists 58th National Exhibition in New York City and the Award of Merit at the First International Small Print Exhibit in Seoul, Korea. He was also awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Artist’s Fellowship, a D. H. Lawrence Fellowship from the University of New Mexico, the Colorado Council on the Arts Recognition Award in Painting, a Centrum Foundation Residency and Fellowship and two Faculty Fellowships from C.U. His work is in numerous public and private collections including the National Collection (Smithsonian), Yellowstone Art Center, The Printmaking Workshop, New York City, Boston Printmakers, Benziger Family Winery, Denver Art Museum, Pratt Graphics Center, Library of Congress (Pennell Fund Purchase) and the Crocker Museum in Sacramento.