May Artist of the Month – Neil Rizos

ARTIST OF THE MONTH Reception Friday May 1, 2015 | 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Neil Rizos - Green Heron - oil on panel

Neil Rizos was born in  Boston, Massachusetts. His first five years were lived in Manomet, a small community on Cape Cod. From a home perched on the bluff overlooking the sea, his consciousness of the natural world began. “I vividly recall the bright, windy days of my early childhood on the seashore… digging clay out of the bluff, shaping it into gulls and fish and leaving them to dry on overturned dinghies pulled up on the beach.” The happy synergy of a receptive spirit and a place of light, water, birds and forests set the course for his life.

As a student of art, foreign languages and literature he traveled throughout Europe and into Africa, living for extended periods in San Jose, Costa Rica; Seville, Spain; Paris, France and Quebec, Canada. Upon graduation from the State University of New York, he pursued his love of the natural world and art, working as a natural history illustrator and ornithological researcher from the arctic to the rain forests. He has studied eagles, hawks and falcons in Montana with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management; Harris hawks in the southwest with the University of Arizona; migratory birds on the Alaskan tundra with the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service and participated in other bird studies with public and private organizations in the U.S. and Canada.

In the Spring of 2004, he was awarded a residency at the international retreat for artists in County Kerry, Ireland. Rizos was the Visiting Artist at the Adirondack Park Visitor Interpretive Center at Paul Smiths, New York during the Summer/Fall of 2004.  From 1997 – 2000 he was the Artist-in-Residence at Airlie Center in Warrenton, Virginia. He is a member of The National Arts Club, The Salmagundi Club,   Allied Artists of America and Artists For Conservation. In 2008, he was awarded the Gold Medal of Honor by the  Allied Artists of America for his etching, ‘DeWinton’s Pool’.  Rizos’ etchings are featured in the book, The  American Sporting Print:  20th Century  Etchers & Drypointists, which includes work by Frank W. Benson, Carl  Rungius, Ogden Pleissner and others. His work is in The United States Library of Congress Permanent Collection, the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art and other public, private and corporate collections internationally.

The public is invited to join us for an artist reception on Friday May 1, 2015 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Powell Museum – 6 N. Lake Powell Blvd. Page, Arizona. Refreshments will be served!

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