Richard Wengenroth was born in Brooklyn, New York. In his late teens and early twenties he hitchhiked the United States coast-to-coast and traveled to Japan, Mexico, France, Italy, Germany, England, and the Benelux countries. He earned degrees from Wittenberg University and Ohio Wesleyan University. He was awarded a Fulbright Grant to Germany and attended the Akademie der Bildende Künste, München where he was close to members of Der Zen Gruppe and was instrumental in arranging that group’s first American exhibition.

In his academic career he has taught drawing, painting and art history, did organizational work and program development at Ohio Wesleyan University, University of Kentucky and City University of New York.

In the 1960s he was Founding Director of a residential arts apprenticeship program which brought midwest college arts students to working apprenticeships with New York City artists.

Richard Wengenroth has been painting and exhibiting for over 50 years. He has won numerous awards and prizes, and has been reviewed consistently. His work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in the United States, France and Germany, and is represented in over 100 public and private collections.

Exhibitions (selected)


Looking at Lincoln, Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA
University of Massachussets Musuem of Contemporary Art, Amherst, Ma
Bernard Baruch College, CUNY, New York (The Lincoln Portraits)
Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, Pa
Sussex County Community College, Newton, NJ
Hotel de Ville, Municipalité Riez, France
Ben Shahn Gallery at William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ
Blair Academy, Blairstown, NJ
Pace Gallery, Columbus, Oh
Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts, Columbus, Oh
Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati Oh
Ohio State University, Columbus, Oh
The Gallery, Akron, Oh

2/20 Gallery, New York
Historical Society of Washington, D.C. (The Lincoln Portraits)
Sirolli Fine Art at Center 44, New York
Madden Art Center, Decatur Il (The Lincoln Portraits)
Gettysburg College, Civil War Institute, Gettysburg, Pa (The Lincoln Portraits)
Michael Connors Gallery, New York
Art League of Manatee County, Sarasota FL
Lederman Gallery, Hoboken, NJ
Field Gallery, Marthaʼs Vineyard, Ma
AIR Gallery, New York
Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, Oh
Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, Oh
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts, Columbus, Oh
Galerie Romanet Vercel, New York
Amerika Haus Munich
Amerika Haus Bonn
Amerika Haus Franfurt am Main
Amerika Haus Berlin
Amerika Haus Cologne
Amerika Haus Hamburg
Amerika Haus Stuttgart
Provincetown Arts Festival, Provincetown, Ma
Duveen-Graham Gallery, New York
Illinois State Museum, Springfield, Il
Cincinnati Art Museum
William Rockhill Nelson Gallery at the Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City, Mo
Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Oh

Awards, Grants
CUNY Travel Grant, France
NEA Single Artist Grant for State of Ohio (nominated)
Great Lakes Colleges Association Humanities Grant
Fulbright Grant

Publications & Reviews (selected)
The New York Times
Columbus Dispatch
Cincinnati Enquirer
Village Voice
Arts International
New Jersey Star-Ledger
Sarasota Herald Tribune
Le Provençal
Vineyard Gazette
Süddeutsche Zeitung
Frankfurter Algemeine Zeitung

“Lincoln Forum Bulletin”

Collections (selected)
Dayton Art Institute
Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts
Oberlin Conservation Laboratory
Ball State College
City University of New York
Municipalité Riez, Alpes de Haute Provençe
Delaware, Ohio County Bank
Columbus, Ohio Public School System
Sussex County Community College, New Jersey
Wittenberg University
. . . and 110 private collections

City University of New York, Professor and Chairman Emeritus
University of Kentucky, Visiting Professor
Founding Director, GLCA Arts Program in New York
Ohio Wesleyan University

Akademie der Bildende Künste, Munich, Fulbright Grant
Ohio Wesleyan University, M.A.,Teaching Fellow
Wittenberg College, BFA, cum laude