Richard Redd Biography

Richard Redd

American

1931-2017

Biography

Richard Redd was born on October 22, 1931 in Toledo, Ohio  He got his degrees at the University of Toledo in 1953 and an MFA in 1958 at The University of Iowa where he studied printmaking with Mauricio Lasansky. Redd began teaching at Lehigh University in 1958 where he remained on the faculty for 38 years. Redd served as chairman of the department of Art and Architecture from 1970 to 1976, as well as acting as interim chair on several occasions. He hired the first three professors of African ancestry to teach at Lehigh.

He was honored by the Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission in 1994 as the 4th recipient of its annual award recognizing service to the arts. In 2005 there was a retrospecitve of his prints at the Banana Factory in Bethlehem, PA. The Richard Redd Award was created by the Department of Art, Architecture and Design in 2013. This award is given annually to a department major who contributes substantively to the cultural life of the department.

In the fall of 1989 Redd gave a series of lectures in the People's Republic of China following a period of political upheaval when few other American academicians traveled there. He exhibited his prints and spoke on American art, specifically the "good Andy" and the "naughty Andy" of Pennsylvania: Andrew Wyeth and Andy Warhol. He subsequently coordinated exchange exhibits of the art of Chinese students and their counterparts in Bethlehem.

Redd retired and lived in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania where he continued working on collographs, a technique he specialized in since 1984.  He was listed in the 2008 edition of Who's Who in American Art. Redd died in Bethelehem on November 11, 2017.