Sculptor and painter Rita Blitt was recently honored with a permanent addition to Washburn University’s campus. The Rita Blitt Gallery and Sculpture Garden, which opened in early November 2017, is attached to White Concert Hall. The building effort was sparked after Rita gifted around 1,000 drawings, paintings and sculpture to the University’s Mulvane Art Museum. SouthWind Art Gallery’s assistant gallery director Tyler Quintin helped hang Blitt’s show in the new space.

SouthWind Art Gallery was hand-picked as Blitt’s local commercial arts gallery representation. In addition to visiting the Rita Blitt Gallery, you’re encouraged stop into SouthWind Art Gallery in Topeka where Rita’s story and contribution to the Topeka art scene continues. Visitors to SouthWind can see four large Rita Blitt drawings, including the two pictured below.

RIta is an internationally known artist born in Kansas City in 1931. She’s authored books and her works have been permanently installed and exhibited in numerous museums, galleries, private collections and public locations in Australia, Germany, Israel, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan and the United States. She is also a filmmaker, a passion which has earned her multiple awards.

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