MFA, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
BFA, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
Kimberly Anderson Ritchie is an Associate Professor of Art at Plymouth State University and coordinates the Drawing, Painting, and Printmaking programs. She is an interdisciplinary artist who works with a variety of processes including printmaking, paper arts, photography, painting, drawing, installation, and the use of natural materials. She has taught, exhibited, and attended artist residencies throughout the United States and internationally in Sweden, Iceland, and Greece.
Ritchie is constantly researching, collecting, and exploring the natural world. Her current work revolves around an in-depth study of environmental issues, from air pollution affecting lichen, global climate change affecting sea level rise, to our dependence on plastic and the effects it has on the world’s oceans. The artwork is a response to the research; some works simply use the issue as a starting point while other work clearly displays the concern. Ritchie is trying to bring the beauty, mystery, and conservation of the land back into our daily focus through the image-making process. The artwork is a way of internalizing the natural world and expressing concern.