Richard McWherter's unique inspiration is clearly demonstrated through the images he creates with his camera in the Laurel Highlands and Chestnut Ridge areas near his home in Western Pennsylvania. But his landscapes reveal more than just a record of a particular time or place; they speak to much more universal themes. McWherter is an artist who is continuously interpreting the landscape through new and inventive ways. He has been successful in exploring both traditional chemical and silver-based processes, as well as cutting-edge digital technologies, including using the computer to create expressive embellishments in his work. His photographs have appeared in many regional, national, and international exhibitions and have also been reproduced in national magazines for fine art photography.
Notable exhibitions include the Exposure Awards at the Louvre in Paris, France, and in Pennsylvania, the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh, the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Ligonier Valley and the State Museum of Pennsylvania, in Harrisburg.
His work has also been in international photography shows at the Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado, the North Valley Art League International in Redding, California, the Silver Eye Center for Photography in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the Art Takes Times Square project in New York City, and the PH21 Gallery in Budapest, Hungary. Art patrons both public and private have included McWherter’s artwork as part of their collected fine arts, including the State Museum of Pennsylvania’s Permanent Collection. With a career spanning almost four decades, he has received many awards for his photographic art, as well as for his innovations in teaching.
As an educator, McWherter is dedicated to the continued artistic growth of all learners. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1993 from Seton Hill University with a major in Studio Arts and a minor in Art Education. In 1996 he became the current Visual Arts Instructor at the high school in his hometown in Western Pennsylvania and served as the Art Department Chair for many years. He has also taught photography and digital imaging at the University and other local art centers. He has received many awards for his photographic art, as well as for his innovations in teaching, and in 2007 he was named the Art Educator of the Year by the Greensburg Area Cultural Council. It is his belief that creative thinking and inventive problem solving skills are extremely important to the success of both individuals and society as a whole.
McWherter was one of the first contemporary artists in the country to exhibit their work online through a self-designed personal web page. The page was featured in a story in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in March of 1996 and appeared in syndication in newspapers across the nation. Since then, his work has appeared in many feature articles in newspapers and magazines regarding art, photography and art education.
His commercial clients have included both regional and national corporations and institutions, as well as freelance assignments for family portraiture and groups. Currently he works exclusively on self-assignments for galleries and book projects. His book projects are represented by his entrepreneurial venture, Walkwood Publishing. His artwork is also available in local art centers and gift shops. For more information, please visit his webpage at richardmcwherter.com, where you can view online portfolios of his work.