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Richard Wengenroth’s work is characterized by a decidedly graphic character in service to a probing and restless curiosity. His undergraduate education emphasized European Modernism, its theoretical basis and its studio practices. He was drawn equally to the subjectivism of German Expressionism and to the formal rigor of Cubism and its derivatives. These two dichotomous means of interpreting both the pictorial and existential nature of Reality are evident influences in his early work, as is subject matter afforded by international travel. The decade 1952-62 began with a three-month period in Mexico, an appointment to the art faculty at Ohio Wesleyan University (which initiated a varied career in the academic world), and included a fifteen-month residency in Europe on a Fulbright Grant.
He exhibited actively and his work was seen in many juried and invitational exhibitions — The Butler Institute of American Art, Columbus Gallery of Fine Art, Dayton Art Institute, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Pace Gallery, Columbus, Illinois State Museum, Duveen-Graham Gallery, New York, and the Cincinnati Art Museum. His work received recognition and awards from important artist and curator jurors that included Edward Hopper, David Smith, Sherman Lee, William Zorach, Theodoros Stamos, Will Barnet, and George Segal, among others (see resumé under About>Bio).