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Ryder Richards has taught art at the collegiate level for 10 years and started writing art reviews in 2011. He founded Eutopia: Contemporary Art Review in 2014. As the director of both privately owned and collegiate galleries Richards has been curating exhibits for 10 years, including Boom Town at the Dallas Museum of Art.

Richards gives several lectures/interviews every year ranging from his own art practice to more theoretical topics related to the art world, occasionally participating in or moderating panel discussions.  

In 2020 Richards started a podcast, Let Us THINK About It, which serves as a platform for reading, philosophy, and sociological pontifications. The podcast stemmed from writing a 56-page monograph on “The Will to DIY” written in Fall 2019.

WRITING

2021

Jesse Meredith “So That We May Fear Not
BasketShop, Cincinnatti, OH

Podcast: Let US THINK About It

2021

Pete Hoffecker Mejia, Mondegreen
Tri-Star Arts, Knoxville, TN

Podcast: Let US THINK About It
(previously, “The Will to DIY”)

2020

Podcast: The Will to DIY
Started in March 2020

Glasstire.com

Editor/Contributor: Eutopia: Contemporary Art Review
Eutopia: Volume 13 // Spring 2019

2019

“The Will to DIY” a 56-page monograph by Ryder Richards
Fall 2019

Editor/Contributor: Eutopia: Contemporary Art Review
Eutopia: Volume 12 // Fall 2019

Eutopia: Volume 11 // Spring 2019

Glasstire.com

2018

Interview: Tom Orr & Frances Bagley, “Places for Sculpture: JAPAN” The Nasher, Summer 2018

Editor/Contributor: Eutopia: Contemporary Art Review
Eutopia: Volume 10 // Fall 2018

Eutopia: Volume 9 // Spring 2018

2017

Editor/Contributor: Eutopia: Contemporary Art Review
Eutopia: Volume 7 // Fall 2017

Eutopia: Volume 8 // Spring 2017

2016

Editor/Contributor: Eutopia: Contemporary Art Review
Eutopia: Volume 5&6 // Spring 2016

2015

Anna-Bella Papp at the Nasher Sculpture Center, Temporary Art Review (January 5)
Catalog Essay: Ian F. Thomas [2015]

Editor/Contributor: Eutopia: Contemporary Art Review
Eutopia: Volume 3 //Spring 2015

Eutopia: Volume 4 //Fall 2015

Contributor: Glasstire.com

2014

Founder/Editor: Eutopia: Contemporary Art Review
Eutopia: Vol. 1 // Spring 2014

Eutopia: Volume 2 // Fall 2014

Contributor: Glasstire.com

Interview: “Ryder Richards [on] Ian F. Thomas” Uncompromising Tang
Press Release for Amie Cunat’s Parenthetical Bounce, Court Tree Collective, Brooklyn

2013

The Art Foundation’s “Failure” semigloss. Magazine
Essay: “Chizinski’s Cruel Optimism: disaster management as planned failure.” Exhibition Catalog, Cornell Press

2012

Catalog Interviews: “Scale: A Gathering of Sculptors” an International Sculpture Conference
Blue Star Arts Center, San Antonio, TX
Interviews with sculptors Alice Aycock, Gudjon Bjarnason, Joan Hall, Phillip King, Jesus Moroles, Masayuki Koorida, James Surls and Ivano Vitali

Contributor: ART NOW NASHVILLE

2011-12

Contributor: D Magazine FrontRow

2011

Essay: “Piotr Chizinski: Socio-Academic Judo” Graduate Exhibition Catalog, DUMBO Art Center, Cornell Press

2010

Review: “Mark Collop: Hunters Welcome” 500X Gallery, Project Space, Ryder Richards Blog
Review: “Ergonomics of Futility” Ian F Thomas and Shreepad Joglekar performance, Ryder Richards Blog

CURATING

2018

  • Forecast” by Piotr Chizinski, PRP, Dallas

2014

  • Mute, Circuit 12 Gallery, Dallas
    Artists: Jesse Morgan Barnett, John Frost, Michael Mazurek, Colby Parsons, and Lucia Simek
  • Culture Laboratory: Utopia: Can It Stay Dream (co-curated with Brian R. Jobe) Ground Floor Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee

2013

2012

  • The Cube: a gallery built, directed, and curated by Ryder Richards.
  • Proposal: “Crossroads: Transient Depositions” Landmark Arts Gallery, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
  • twain” presented by The Art Foundation, Gray Matters, Dallas, TX
  • Cr(e)ate” presented by RJP Nomadic Gallery, Lone Star Studios, San Antonio, Texas
  • Dark Matter” presented by RJP Nomadic Gallery, Blue Star Art Center, San Antonio, Texas
  • Fountainhead” presented by The Art Foundation, Dallas, TX
    *Fountainhead (the book) accepted into the Nasher Sculpture Center permanent collection, displayed in conjunction with the exhibitSculpture In So Many Words.
  • Response I & II: Culture Laboratory in collaboration with Ben Lewis and Noah Simblist” Martha Gault Gallery, Slippery Rock University, PA

2011

  • Reconstructing Perspective” (Andrew D. Underwood & Chad D. Smith) Brazos Gallery, Richland College, Dallas, TX
  • Response II: Culture Laboratory in collaboration with Noah Simblist” Box 13 Artspace, Houston, TX
  • Response II: Culture Laboratory in collaboration with Noah Simblist” Olive Tjaden Gallery, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • Construct” (Nathan Green, Thor Johnson, Jeff Mueller, Monica Vidal) Brazos Gallery, Richland College, Dallas, TX
  • Response I: Culture Laboratory in collaboration with Ben Lewis”, Brazos Gallery, Richland College, Dallas, TX

2010

  • Construct” (Nathan Green, Thor Johnson, Jeff Mueller, Monica Vidal) Art Depot, Lubbock
  • Exiles and Infidels” Cirkit of Mythos, LHUCA, Lubbock
  • Context” (Keith Wilson, Lupita Murillo Tinnen) Brazos Gallery, Richland College, Dallas
  • Modular” (Eric Eley, David Willburn, Patrick Schneider) Brazos Gallery, Richland College, Dallas

Richards was the director of Art Depot Gallery and the Art Depot Annex from 2005-2010, and has been the gallery director for Richland College in Dallas from 2009-2012. He has coordinated over 120 exhibits since 2005 including exhibits for the RJP Nomadic GalleryThe Cube, and Culture Laboratory.

Lectures / Events

2020

Online: Checking In with Ryder Richards, Glasstire.com
Online: Studio Conversation, Allegheny College, Pennsylvania

2019

Art Talk: Tarleton State Univ., Stephenville, Texas
Public Art Reception: Resilience and Remembrance Entrance, El Centro College, Dallas
Art Talk: MFA Professional Practices, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth

2018

Art Talk, Critiques: University of Oklahoma, Norman
Art Critiques, Studio Visits: Wassaic Project, New York

2017

Art Talk: “There’s no ‘I’ in ‘Win'” BLUEorange, Houston
Graduate Instructor: MFA Professional Practices, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth

2016

Lecture: “Ryder Richards” Watkins College, Nashville, Tennessee
Workshop: “DIY Trying: gasmasks” Association of Visual Arts, Chattanooga, Tennessee
Artist Talk: “Lookout” Swine Gallery, Chattanooga, Tennessee
Social: “Artists Anonymous” Beefhaus, Dallas
Juror: Annual High School Exhibtion, University of Texas, Dallas
Artist Talk: “a thing of this world” Laredo College, Laredo, Texas
Workshop: “DIY Trying: gasmasks” Laredo College, Laredo, Texas

2015

Artist Talk: “Ryder Richards” University of Alabama, Birmingham
Artist Talk: “a thing of this world” Public Address Gallery, Brooklyn
Portfolio Review: Fort Worth Community Art Center
Artist Talk: “The Idyll,” Lawndale, Houston
Artist Talk, Student Critiques, Printmaking Workshop: Tarrant College- South, Fort Worth, Texas
Lecture: “Professional Practice,” Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas

2014

Presentation: Pecha-Kucha, Artists Anonymous, Dallas Museum of Art
Panelist: “Off-Center” Texas Assoc. of Schools of Art Conference, Dallas, TX
panelists: Sabina Ott, Diego LeClery, Pedro Velez, Michael Mazurek and Ryder Richards; moderator: Randall Garrett
Workshop: “Gunpowder drawing” Texas Assoc. of Schools of Art Conference, Dallas, TX
Presentation/Graduate Critiques: Texas A&M-Commerce, Commerce, Texas
Co-presenter: Wormhole: Artificial MFA, University of Texas-Dallas, Richardson, Texas
Professional Practices lecture: Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA
Volunteer: La Biennale di Venizia (Architecture), StoreFront for Art and Architecture, Venice, Italy
Panelist: Dallas Biennial 2014, McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas
Presentation & Lecture: Fordham University, New York, NY
Lecture: Curator’s Choice, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas

2013

Juror & Workshop:  Midland Arts Association, Midland, Texas
Instructor:  “Drawing and Architecture,” Fort Worth Modern Museum, Fort Worth, Texas
Lecture & Critiques: Graduate Painting Class, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
Lecturer: Senior Exit course, Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, New Mexico
Lecture: Conflicted, Roswell Museum, Roswell, New Mexico

2012

Moderator: The Art Foundation presents “Art in the Public Sphere” The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas
– panelists feature Jed Morse, curator at the Nasher Sculpture Center, Tom Russotti, Cynthia Mulcahy, Shawn Smith, Scott Trent, the creators of the Dallas Biennial 2012, Claude Collins-Stracensky, and Robert Andrade.
Instructor:  “Alternative Methods of Drawing” Touchstone Center for Crafts, Farmington, Pennsylvania, June
Tour Guide: Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas (CADD), Art Bus Tours for the Junior Associates of the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA).
Artist Talk: “Insight? Outta Sight!: Ryder Richards” ET Burk, Nashville, Tennessee, April 27
Panelist: Dallas Art Dealers Association: Art Professionals” Booker T. Washington High School Art, Dallas, Texas
Moderator: “Artist Run Galleries” Panel Discussion, Dallas Art Fair, April 14
-featuring panelists Phil Grauer and Sarah Braman of CANADA, NY, Bruce Lee Webb of Webb Gallery, Jason Willaford of Galleri Urbane and John Riepenhoff of The Green Gallery, Milwaukee, WI.
Juror: “Plano 125″ (With Laura Green of Valley House Gallery), The Art Galleries, Plano, Texas
Visiting Critic, Graduate Painting Student Critiques, University of Texas- Arlington, Arlington, Texas

2011

Lecturer: “Scholarship Lecture Series: Experimental Collaboration” McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, Texas
Panelist: “The Community College as Site for Alternative Art” Community College Humanities Association National Conference, Fort Worth, Texas,
-featuring panelists: Peter Simek, Randall Garrett,, David Willburn & Ryder Richards, Moderator: Iris Bechtol
Moderator: “Navigating the Evolving Arts,” Texas Association of Schools of Art, Fort Worth, Texas. -featuring panelists: William Campbell, Annette Lawrence, Charissa Terranova. Moderator: Ryder Richards
Lecturer: Artist Talk “Import” Ro2 Art – Uptown, Dallas, Texas
Presenter: “Paducah Arts Alliance: Guest Artists” Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, Kentucky
Presenter: “Texas Biennial: Curator/Participant Presentations” for Ryder Jon Piotrs Nomadic Gallery, ARTHOUSE, Austin, Texas,
Panelist: Dallas Art Dealers Association: Art Professionals” Booker T. Washington High School Art, Dallas, Texas
Juror: “Garland ISD Art Exhibit,” High School, Garland, Texas
Juror: “Rockwall ISD Art Exhibit,” High School and Middle School, Rockwall, Texas

2010

Lecturer: “History Symposium: History of portraiture in photography,” Richland College , Dallas, Texas
Guest Artist (Lecture), Drawing class, University of Texas- Arlington, Arlington, Texas
Guest Artist (Lecture, Demonstration) Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA
Guest Artist (Workshop, Portfolio Reviews) St. Mark’s College Prep, Dallas, Texas
Guest Artist (Closing Lecture) “Persistent Breach” RJP members, Shirley Pogue Art Gallery,
East Central University, Ada, Oklahoma,
Juror, “Young American Talent,” hosted by Visual Arts Guild of Booker T. Washington High School, El Centro College, Dallas, Texas,
Juror, Public Arts, Henderson Art Project, Dallas, Texas
Guest Artist (Lecture), School of Art, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas
Moderator, “Art, Science and Sustainable Community Symposium” Richland College, Dallas, Panel Discussion “The Built Environment’s Response to the Environment”
Panelsist, Chris Taylor (director of Land Arts), Sean Garman (Perkins+ Will Architect), and Paul Villinksi (New York City based artist).