After receiving a BFA degree from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, Mark Ritchie spent a year in Cardiff, Wales at South Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education and in Aberdeen, Scotland at Peacock Printmakers. He was awarded a MFA degree in Printmaking from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana in 1990. He worked as an Artist-in-Residence for the Georgia Arts Council in schools and briefly in a prison in Georgia. After teaching at universities in Georgia and Texas he accepted a position at the University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming where he is a Professor in the Department of Art. In Wyoming he addressed his midlife crisis with a mustang – the kind with hooves, not tires. This relationship has informed his studio practice and led to wonderful adventures in Mongolia, Hungary and in his “own backyard” in Wyoming. He exhibits nationally and internationally, but prefers the quiet, windy solitude of Wyoming as a place to be and work with artist-wife, Leah Hardy. M A R K E R I T C H I E .C O M 12 Herd Five, 2017, woodcut screen, 5’6” x 8’