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After a successful teaching career, Ohio Northern alumnus reflects on his environment through painting

July—The beauty and power of landscapes have fascinated Richard Trick (BSEd ’64) since childhood. He is a trout fisherman and his paintings are reflective of the personal environment he has experienced during his over 60 years of exploring northern New York. Trick sees his work as process of continuing his own personal development.

“The best part of doing art is that it is a joyful experience, each unique in its own right and dependent on the time, place, and attitude of the artist,” expressed Trick.

Trick is a noted artist who has a natural sensitivity for painting local landscapes in watercolor. He recreates for future generations the craftsmanship and artistry that is part of our country’s memories and traditions. Born in Ogdensburg, NY, Richard graduated from Ohio Northern and completed graduate work at Syracuse University, SUNY at Cortland, Brockport, and Potsdam. Trick has also studied extensively with both Mario Cooper past president of the American Watercolor Society and his wife Dale Meyers.

“I like to think of my landscape as being frozen images in time,” said Trick. “A friend once told me that the native people saw themselves as caretakers of the land, not owning it, just caring for it. Maybe in some small way, my paintings take care of those special moments. My hope is that you share in these feelings.”

Trick has been honored with the Lima Art Association Award (1960-64), Student Exhibition Awards at Ohio Northern (1960-64), and has had work exhibited in the New York State Fair Show (1976). He was an award winner in the prestigious Adirondack Regional show in Old Forge (1989) and the Rome Art League Show (1990).

Mr. Trick has taught at all levels of art, from kindergarten to college. His experience in and out of the classroom brings a special power and intimacy to his work.

He is a gifted and entertaining speaker in the field of art education and he is sought after for his teaching and demonstration in the watercolor media.

In one year alone, Mr. Trick’s senior art students were awarded over $385,000 in art scholarships based on their high school portfolios. Mr. Trick was thus awarded the 1991 Art Educator Recognition Award for his outstanding contributions to the field of art education by Pratt Institute in New York City.

Retired now from a 40-year teaching career, Mr. Trick continues to paint the landscapes of Northern NY, and the wild Tug Hill region of Lewis and Jefferson counties.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2014–15 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.