Professor Emeritus Feature: Richard Redd

Painter and printmaker moved to the Lehigh Valley in 1958. He served on the Lehigh University faculty as a professor of art of 38 years, seven of them as chair of the art department, now the Department of Art, Architecture and Design.

He was honored by the Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission in 1994, recognizing his service to the arts. He served on the Board of the Kemrer Museum of Decorative Arts in Bethlehem for 11 years, curating many exhibits. He also served on the board of the Lehigh Art Alliance and on the board of the Prinmaking Council of New Jersey.

Professor Redd has traveled widely, lectured and taugh collagraph workshops in the Peoples Republic of China. Since 1984 he has specialized in collagraph prints. In 2005, he presented a 20 year retrospective of his prints at the Banana Factory. Seven years later, the Banana Factory features a 50 year retrospective of his work.

The Morning Call (4/28/12) “Richard Redd looks back on 50 years of artistic passion” offers a great interview with the artist discussing his current exhibit, “Surface & Symbol.”

For another approach to his work, here is a video interview captured at his farm in Upper Saucon Township:

For a preview of the “Surface & Symbol” exhibit catalog, we share a link to the document written by Jane Maulfair and produced by ArtsQuest.

Professor Redd’s exhibit remain on view in the Crayola Gallery on the first floor of the Banana Factory until June 17th. We encourage you to get to know the work of this amazing artist if you have a moment to steal away to 3rd street before the exhibit closes on June 17th.