Bill Ritchie's art in Washington State
in the

Robert J. Adams Collection

"Bridge's Heart 7"

Provenance: 1973. Print. Mixed media. Blue, yellow, black, red. Printed on Van Gelder Zonen natural with Japanese etching chine colle. 18 X 24 image. 9/40. Signed lower right: Bill H. Ritchie. pr731013rit_adams. Also in the collections of Lee Altman, Spence Guerin, Billie Bryan, Spike Henderson, Henry Art Gallery, Philadelphia Art Museum, Rainier Bank, Lynda Ritchie, Carolyn Scheve, Anne Schwendiman, Nellie Sunderland, Donnie Wilburn and a variation in the Zuckerman Museum of Art.

About Robert J. Adams: Robert purchased this print an art auction for the Whatcom County Museum around 1980. Robert emailed Ritchie in 2016, saying he planned to sell the print and did he have any suggestions. Ritchie added his name to his patron's list and added it also to his "think tank" about artists' living legacy and transfer plan, a design to benefit patrons and add to Ritchie's ongoing education mission.

Comment: "The Henry Gallery Association wanted new members and, as an incentive to join, offered a print. Commissioned to produce the print, I was excited and worked hard, eager to please. It went badly. The harder I worked the uglier the print became. I made plates and pulled many states. Finally I threw out the design entirely. Then it came all at once! A lithograph, from a different series, and using corduroy and soft ground to get the effect of raster lines (from my video work) made for an entirely new direction. Things fell into place and “Bridges Heart” was one of my most successful prints. It’s the only print of mine that the Henry Gallery has in its permanent collection."

Exhibitions and Awards: Puyallup Art Exhibition, "Best in Show," juried by Gervais Reid, et. al., September, 1973. Puyallup WA; Lubbock Invitational, Purchase Prize (State Proof), 1973. Lubbock, TX; Philadelphia Print Club Open Competition. Stewart M. Egnal Prize Purchase Award. Sylvan Cole, Andrew Stasik, Janet Flint, jurors. 1973. Philadelphia PA; Jane Haslem Gallery, 1974. Washington, DC.; National Print Invitational , Georgia Southern College, 1973, Statesboro, GA; 20th Annual Print Exhibition, 1973, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY; 1st Annual Images on Paper, Purchase Award. Feb-Mar, 1973. Springfield Art Association, Springfield, IL

See the Patron's List for more peoples' collections - click here