Rick Wheeler


Rick’s art education includes studies in drawing and painting at the San Francisco Art Institute, where he was awarded a scholarship to attend, as well as illustration courses at the San Francisco Academy of Art University. He holds an A.A. degree in graphic design and a B.A. degree in Fine Art from Prescott College, Arizona. He works in a variety of media, including acrylic, oil, watercolor and the unique technique of scratchboard. Likewise, his subject matter covers a range of interests, including landscape, wildlife, and figurative.


As a freelance illustrator/graphic designer, his work has been contracted by U.S. National Parks and Monuments, including Grand Canyon Association, Canyonlands Natural History Association, Yosemite, Sequoia, and Arches National Parks, as well as the Bureau of Land Management. His gallery work has appeared in several group exhibits, including Artists for Conservation juried member’s exhibit (2012, 2014, 2016-2019), the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (25 year member), and the Mountain Oyster Club annual juried exhibit (2016-19). He was selected to A Century of Sanctuary: The Art of Zion National Park, 2008 earning a “Juror’s Award.” He was also invited to participate in the annual Grand Canyon Celebration of Art for six years, 2009- 2019.


Rick’s other interests include teaching at the Art Institute of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (now in his 16th year), as well as at Prescott College (Tucson campus), and the Community Performance and Art Center (Green Valley, AZ). His work is in the permanent collection of Grand Canyon National Park, St. George Art Museum (UT), Sonoma State University (CA), as well as several private collections.


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