ABOUT THE ARTIST
Self Portrait
KENT'S WORK CAN BE SEEN AT THESE FINE GALLERIES
 

Weimar Portfolio
Weimar Institute Lifestyle Program
Weimar, California
12 Pastels
Permanent Collection

 
Phillips Gallery
444 E 200 S
Salt Lake City, Utah
801 364-8284
www.phillips-gallery.com
 
Rockwood Studio #17
1064 East 2100 South
Salt Lake City, Utah84106
801 550-0433
email: kentrichart@kentrich.com
 
UtahArtists.com
 

Spectrum Magazine
Vol. 39 Issue 1 - Winter 20011
The Art of Intervention: Finding Health in Faith, by Heather Langley
Click here to read article.

Weimar Tidings, Summer 2006, In-Residence Artist Finds Healing for Himself and Others. Click here to read article.

 

As an expressionist, Kent works in the natural environment and in urban centers of the Southwest. Although he is a "plein air" artist, he is not interested in recording the realistic vision and natural light of the landscape found in impressionistic works of art. Paul Stewart of the Apropos Fine Art Gallery wrote, "Kent's vision is personal, his drawings, watercolors and pastels reflect his own reaction to the natural environment, as well as his feelings, psychic reactions, and social messages come from his inner self and his own creative visions."

Dave Gagon, Deseret News art critic stated, "Kent's strength is in his spontaneity and color."

The Denver Post photographed Kent in Downtown Denver during a below zero winter day. A large photograph appeared on the front page. The article celebrated Kent's persistence and ability to capture the essence of the urban landscape.

Vern Swanson, the director of the Springville Art Museum states, "Finally a happy expressionist! Buildings, cars, trees, and mountains in Kent's work vibrate with color and life, The animate and inanimate are alive." Amy Conger, University of California at Berkley and former professor of art and historian for the Institute of Art Chicago and for the Center for Creative Photography in Tuscan, Arizona stated, "No wimpy pastels from Kent Rich! His art is alive with spontaneity and color."

His photography has been exhibited in the Utah State Traveling Exhibit. His photograph, "Fast Eddie" won a national award from the Center for Creative Photography in Tuscan and the Arizona State University Museum of Art's Photography Exhibit. "Fast Eddie" is also part of the University of Utah's Museum of Fine Arts' Collection of Western Photographers. In addition, he received a grant from the Nora Eccles Foundation for a portfolio representing sociological, community values reflected through the Brigham City Peach Days festival which included photography, drawings, and watercolors. Kent received a grant from the Joseph Rosenblatt family and the Salt Lake Art Center for a porfolio, "Working Artists", of ten important Utah artists exhibited at the Salt Lake Art Center.

In 1977, Kent's pastel, "The Virgin River" was included in the catalog of the Springville Museum's Spring Salon. Six of Kent's photographs on Utah artists were published in Robert S. Olpin, William C. Seifrit, and Vern G. Swanson's book, Artists of Utah, Gibbs Smith Publisher, Salt Lake City, 1999. In the same book a biography of Kent was included.

In 1998 and 1999 the internationally noted Telluride Jazz Celebration appointed Kent their official artists. He created two pastels that were made into the Celebration's posters for those years. Those posters have sold to patrons throughout the world. As part of the 1999 festival, Kent created a portfolio of drawings of Jazz artists. The portfolio was shown in a solo show at the Springville Museum in 2000 along with a video on Kent's Telluride work.

AWARDS AND HONORS:

2014
  • Rio Gallery
2011
  • Spectrum Magazine, Winter 2011, The Art of Intervention: Finding Health in Healing by Heather Langley.
2010
  • 40th Anniversary Art Exhibit, Brigham City Museum
2007
  • Artwork for Cantata Singers and Ensemble, Mass in B Minor by J.S. Bach, New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall, Boston MA
2006
2005
  • Pastel Society of Utah Show, Springville Art Museum
  • Kimball Art Center Group Show and Auction
  • Phillip's Gallery Holiday Group Show, November 19, 2004 - January 14, 2005
2004
  • ABC Gallery, Moscow, Russia, 2004
  • Utah County Health & Justice Building, Pastel and Oils, Provo, Utah, October 30 - November 30, 2004
2003
  • Phillip's Gallery Group Show, December 2002 thru February 2003
2002
  • 2002 Winter Olympics Welcome Group Exhibit, Phillips Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Utah Terra Rosa, Park City pastel accepted into Annual Spring Salon, Springville Museum, Springville, Utah
  • Solo Show, pastels, Brigham City Museum, Brigham City, Utah
  • Phillips Gallery Spring Show, Phillips Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah, pastels
2001
  • Solo Show, Telluride Jazz Celebration
  • Drawings and pastels, Springville Museum, Springville, Utah
  • Silver Queen Hotel, Park City pastel accepted into Annual Spring Salon, Springville Museum, Springville, Utah
  • Solo Show, pastels, Bad Ass Cafe, Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah
  • Deseret News Utah Landscapes Exhibit, pastels
  • Phillips Gallery Fall Show, Phillips Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah, pastels
2000
  • Kent has 6 of his photographs of Utah Artists reproduced and a personal biography in Olpin, Robert Seigrit, William C. Swanson, Bern G. Artists of Utah. Springville Museum of Art and George S. And Dore Eccles Foundation, Gibbs Smith, Publisher, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Solo Exhibit - Springville Museum of Art, Springville, Utah, Drawings from Telluride Jazz Celebration
  • Group Show - A Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah
1999
  • Telluride Jazz Celebration Poster Artist, Telluride Colorado
  • Eccles Museum, 3rd Place Award, Pastel, UtahState Show, Ogden Utah
  • Illustrations - International Jazz Magazine Solo Exhibit - Appropo Gallery, Telluride, Colorado
  • Group Show - A- Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Solo Exhibit - Richard Steele Gallery - Denver, Colorado, pastels
1998
  • Telluride Jazz Celebration Poster Artist, Telluride, Colorado
  • Eccles Museum, 2nd Place Award, Charcoal, Black & White Show, Ogden, Utah
  • Commission, Rocky Mountain Cancer Center, Denver, Colorado
  • Solo Exhibit, Elinoff Gallery, Telluride, Colorado, pastels
  • Solo Exhibit, Elinoff Gallery, Telluride, Colorado, oils and pastels
  • Solo Exhibit, Springville Museum of Art, Springville, Utah, pastels
1997
  • Solo Exhibit, Elinoff Gallery, Telluride, Colorado, Pastels
1996
  • Springville Museum, Merit Award, Watercolor, Winter Salon Utah Arts Council
  • Utah State Traveling Show, Photography
  • Eccles Grant, Brigham City Museum, Brigham City Peach Days Festival, A Study of Community Values
  • Solo Exhibit, Springville Museum of Art, Springville, Utah, pastels, watercolor and drawings