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“My sincerest hope is that upon introspection, the viewer will gain a greater appreciation for the beauty that is our world."
~ R. McClure

In 2004 Southwest Art Magazine haled Rick McClure as an artist to watch, and the art world has been looking ever since! Even so, a wide audience of longtime devotees already embraced the artist and his talent.  His recognition and achievements come as the fruit of long, hard work.  An award-winning plein air painter and a dedicated teacher, Rick McClure has been painting professionally for more than forty years
Born in Raton, New Mexico in 1954, Rick McClure is largely identified with Oklahoma where he received his education and where he continues to live and work.  He is embraced as a native son, honored with his work hanging in the Oklahoma State Capitol Art Collection.

He found quick affirmation of his talent when, as a high school junior, an out-of-state collector purchased an entire exhibit of his work.  Awarded an art scholarship to Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Rick McClure graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.  He continued his studies with post-graduate work in painting from North Texas State University and in sculpture from the University of Central Oklahoma.  In addition, he enrolled in Plein Air Master Class Studies with Charles Sovek as well as Eric Michaels.

Mr. McClure has captured numerous awards including those at the "American Impressionists Society National Exhibition, the "71st Grand National Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club" and the Best of Show at the "Cincinnati Art Club's ViewPoint Exhibition. His free, painterly approach to recording locations in America and abroad has become popular with collectors nationwide.

Rick McClure’s rich art works capture the essence and life of a landscape.  One admiring observer saluted his fresh approach to a popular medium and familiar subject:His love for painting on location has proven very popular with collectors and many find his little excerpts from nature to be a refreshing approach to representational landscape painting. Confronting nature and the public on location enables McClure to produce works that are fresh,spontaneous, and as Charles Movalli states, "more akin to sushi than fried fish."
Rick McClure has been awarded Signature Memberships in the Oil Painters of America, the National Academy of Professional Plein Air Painters and the American Impressionist Society. His work is part of numerous corporate and private collections and he currently divides his time between painting, travel, and teaching.  His plein air workshops throughout the United States are popularly attended by beginner and seasoned artists alike.

Rick McClure has been featured in many distinguished art publications, including:
  • Southwest Art Magazine
  • American Art Collector
  • Art of the West
  • Painting North Carolina A Visual Journey
  • Painting North Carolina En Plein Air
  • Kiawah Legends Magazine
  • Strokes Of Compassion
  • Who's Who Among Americas' Teachers: 1999, 2002, 2004
Museum Exhibitions
"The Natural World Observed" ~ Tweed Museum, Duluth, MN
“NAPPAP National Exhibition” ~ National Arts Club, NYC
“36th Inland Exhibition San Bernardino County Museum” ~ San Bernardino, CA
“71st Grand National Exhibition” ~ Salmagundi Club ~ NYC
“The Landscape / Rick McClure” ~ Charles Goddard Art Center ~ 12/2013

National Juried Exhibitions
"OPA 26th National Exhibition" ~ Eisele Gallery ~ 5/2017
"American Impressionist Society National Exhibition" ~ Trailside Gallery ~ 10/2015
"American Impressionist Society National Exhibition" ~ Abend Gallery ~ 10/2014
"American Impressionist Society National Exhibition" ~ M Gallery ~ 10/2013
"OPA 20th National Exhibition” ~ Devin Galleries ~ 5/2011
"American Impressionist Society National Exhibition" ~ Saks Galleries ~ 10/2009
"NAPPAP National Exhibition 2008" ~ Adam Whitney Gallery ~ 12/2008
"Plein Air Texas 2008" ~ Southwest Gallery ~ 4/2008
"OPA 16th National Exhibition" ~ Whistle Pik Galleries ~ 5/2007
"Outdoor Painters Society Annual Exhibition" ~ Southwest Gallery ~ 4/2007
"NAPPAP National Exhibition" ~ Texas Art Gallery ~ 2/2007
“American Impressionist Society National Exhibition” ~ Taos, NM ~ 5/2005
“American Impressionist Society National Exhibition” ~ Vero Beach, FL ~ 11/2003
“ViewPoint 2003” ~ The Cincinnati Art Club ~ 11/2003
“OPA ~ 12th National Exhibition” ~ Nichols Gallery ~ 5/2003
“American Impressionist Society National Exhibition” ~ Morro Bay. CA ~ 10/2002
“ViewPoint 2002” ~ The Cincinnati Art Club ~ 11/2002
“14th Annual Invitational Miniature Exhibition” ~ Howard/Mandville Gallery ~ 11/2002
“OPA ~ 11th National Exhibition” ~ Hilligoss Galleries ~ 4/2002
“OPA ~ 10th National Exhibition” ~ Zantman Galleries ~ 4/2001
“OPA ~ Midwest Regional Exhibition” ~ Dunton Galleries ~ 9/2000
“ViewPoint 2001” ~ The Cincinnati Art Club ~ 11/2001
“American Impressionist Society National Exhibition” ~ William Lester Gallery ~ 10/2001
“Associated Artists of Southport National Exhibition” ~ Southport, NC ~ 6/2000
“Batavia International Juried Exhibition” ~ Batavia, NY ~ 10/1999
“Breckenridge Art Center National Juried Exhibition” ~ Breckenridge, TX ~ 9/1999
“Best of the Southwest Juried Exhibition” ~ Amarillo, TX ~ 5/1989

Solo Exhibitions / Dual Exhibitions
“New Works” ~ Wells Gallery ~ Kiawah Island, SC ~ 7/2017
"Rick McClure & Junko Ono Rothwell” ~ Wells Gallery ~ Kiawah Island, SC ~ 8/2014
"By Land and Sea" ~ Kennedy Gallery ~ Raleigh, NC ~ 6/2012
"Petites" ~ Wells Gallery ~ Charleston, SC ~ 12/2011
"Tranquility" ~ Wells Gallery ~ Kiawah Island, SC ~ 6/2011
"Scenic Interpretations" ~ Kennedy Gallery ~ Raleigh, NC ~ 11/2010
"Holiday Treasures" ~ Fountainside Gallery ~ Wilmington, NC ~ 11/2009
"Lay of the Land" ~ Kennedy Gallery ~ Raleigh, NC ~ 10/2009
"Summer Solstice Show" ~ Fountainside Gallery ~ Wilmington, NC ~ 7/2009
"Interpretations" Fountainside Gallery ~ Wilmington, NC ~ 9/2008
"Shadid Fine Art Presents Rick McClure" ~ Edmond, OK ~ 4/2008
"Endless Summer 2007" ~ Kennedy Gallery ~ Raleigh, NC ~ 6/2007
"Urban Images" ~ Fountainside Gallery ~ Wilmington, NC ~ 5/2007
"Shadid Fine Art Presents Rick McClure" ~ Edmond, Ok ~ 3/2007
"Endless Summer"~ Kennedy Gallery ~ Raleigh, NC ~ 6/2006
"Progressions From Study to Studio" ~ Fountainside Gallery ~ Wilmington, NC ~ 5/2006
"The Landscape Through the Eye of the Artist" ~ Governor's Gallery Oklahoma State Capitol ~ 5/2006
"Rick McClure New Works" ~ Shadid Fine Art ~ Edomd, OK ~ 3/2006
“Rick McClure & Gay Faulkenberry” ~ Shadid Fine Art ~ Edmond, OK ~ 2/2005
“A Coastal Journey” ~ Fountainside Gallery ~ Wilmington, NC ~ 3/2005
“People and Places” ~ FountainSide Gallery ~ Wilmington, NC ~ 5/2004
“Around the World in Twenty Paintings” ~ FountainSide Gallery ~ Wilmington, NC ~ 5/2003
“From City to Country” ~ FountainSide Gallery ~ Wilmington, NC ~ 5/2002

H/M ~ American Impressionist Society National Exhibition ~ 10/2015
Finalist ~ Fine Art Views Painting Competition ~ June 2009
Best of Show - Grand Prize ~ ViewPoint 2003 ~ Cincinnati Art Club
H/M ~ American Impressionist Society 5th National Exhibition ~ Charolett Finn Gallery
Frame and Save Award ~ ViewPoint 2002 ~ Cincinnati Art Club
2nd Prize ~ American Impressionist Society 3rd National Exhibition ~ William Lester Gallery
Leila Gardin Sawyer Memorial Award ~ Salmagundi Club, New York City, NY
First Place ~ Lawton Junior Service league Juried Exhibition
Purchase Award ~ Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts
Grumbacher Award ~ Art Educator of the Year 1986
Who's Who Among Americas' Teachers 1999, 2002, 2004

“Southwest Art Magazine” ~ Featured Artist ~ 12/2017
“Kiawah Ledgends Magazine” ~ Featured Artist ~ 7/2017
"Strokes of Compassion" Hardcover ~ AHN Designs Publisher 2014
"Painting North Carolina" Hardcover ~ Creative Pursuits Publisher 2008
"American Art Collector" ~ Alcove Books ~ 2007
"Southwest Art Magazine" ~ Best Art Values ~ 6/2008
"Carolina Arts Magazine" ~ Rick McClure Solo Exhibition ~ 5/2007
"Southwest Art Magazine" ~ Rick McClure's Around the World Exhibition ~ 4/2004
"Southwest Art magazine" ~ Artists to Watch ~ 10/2004

Bachelor of Fine Arts ~ Southwestern Oklahoma State University
Post Graduate Studies in Painting ~ North Texas State University
Post Graduate Studies in Sculpture ~ University of Central Oklahoma
Advanced Placement Art History ~ Texas Christian University
Plein Air Painting Master Class Studies ~ Charles Sovek
Plein Air Painting Master Class Studies ~ Eric Michaels

Corporate Collections
The Armstrong Group
Williams Mullen Law Firm
Oklahoma State Capitol Permanent Collection
Duke Halley Law firm
University of Oklahoma School of Film and Photography
Southwestern Oklahoma State University Board of Regents
Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Cordell National Bank and Trust Corporation
Putnam City Independent School District

Professional Organizations
Oil Painters of America ~ Signature Member
American Impressionist Society ~ Signature Member
National Academy of Professional Plein Air Painters ~ Signature Member