Ric Snead is
best known for his polymer resin sculpture. He uses a multi-step
process of mold making, cutting, grinding, and polishing to create
faceted works of light refraction and clarity. His sculptures are
part of a number of public collections among which are Kennesaw
State University Museum, Kennesaw, Georgia, The Tampa Museum, Florida,
and The University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida. His corporate
collectors include Chemical Abstracts, Columbus, Ohio; Servico,
Inc., Memphis, Tennessee; The Travelers Companies, Miami, Florida;
and Greif Brothers, Delaware, Ohio.
In 2000 Ric had a one person exhibition of his sculpture at Edison
State College in Piqua, Ohio. His work has been exhibited in galleries
throughout the United States including Chicago, Atlanta, Philadelphia,
and Miami. Ric has created over twenty commissioned sculptures for
public and private collections. In 2002 in addition to the Fisher
College work, Ric was commissioned to create sculptures for the
University of Wisconsin, Madison, and the Ohio School Employees
Retirement System, Columbus.
Ric received a Bachelor of Science in Art Education from the University
of Delaware. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from the
University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida.
sculptures are deeply rooted in my continual interest in light,
color, and form. Unified by a fluid assemblage of lines and shapes,
I explore the combination of geometric and organic forms. My approach
is abstract with underlying tones of personal and ancient mythology
and metaphors. Sometimes my exploration results in a visual puzzle.
Other times the puzzle is an intellectual one.
The commission for The Ohio State University was awarded to me in
2001. This opportunity came at a time that I had started to explore
multi-color/multi-casting sculptures. Unlike most of my mono-casting
sculptures, this exploration allowed for more flexibility with color
and shapes. But this flexible multi-mold casting technique created
a more labor intensive process. Radia required twenty molds and
castings, twelve separate sanding steps, and four polishing steps
to create the work.