Richard Whitney (artist)

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"Self Portrait", oil, 26 x 20, 1973. Collection: Newark Museum

Richard Whitney, PhD H (born 1946 in New Hampshire), is an American painter, author and educator. "Town and Country" magazine has named him one of the top dozen portrait painters in America. "Fine Art Connoisseur" has called him one of “the giants of the field” of figurative painting. Whitney's portraits and landscapes hang in over 750 fine art collections worldwide. They include the Anchorage Museum of Art and History; the Anderson House Museum; the Newark Museum; the Pentagon; Harvard, Yale, and Stanford Universities; and the Catholic University of Portugal. He has won over 40 regional and national awards as well as three grants from the Greenshields' Foundation of Montreal. Whitney was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from the University of New Hampshire in 2015.

Whitney is the author of the book "Painting the Visual Impression" which summarizes the basic principles of representational painting. First published in 1972, it has been read by thousands of artists world-wide. He is also a co-author of the book "Realism in Revolution: The Art of the Boston School". His paintings have also been reproduced in the book "Edmund C. Tarbell and the Boston School of Painting".

Whitney graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of New Hampshire in 1968. He studied with Sidney F. Willis and with the eminent Boston painter, R. H. Ives Gammell, for five years. Whitney's paintings have been seen on national cable television and have been the subject of numerous newspaper and magazine articles. He has traveled and painted in Europe, Japan, Alaska and the Caribbean and has lectured and conducted workshops throughout the United States. He is listed in a dozen reference books including, "Who's Who in American Art", "Who’s Who in America", and "Who’s Who in the 21st Century". Whitney and his artist wife Sandy Sherman live on Crescent Pond in Stoddard, NH.


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Awards, honors[edit]

1970 - 1973

  • Three Grants - Elizabeth T. Greenshields' Memorial Foundation – Montreal


  • Third Gold Medal - Jordan Marsh Show - Boston


  • Merit Award – Springfield (MA) Art League National Exhibition
  • Excellence Award in Traditional - Cape Cod Art Association All New England
  • Exhibition Three Awards – Ogunquit (ME) Art Center National Exhibition
  • Anonymous Award in Oil - Knickerbocker Artists National Exhibition – New York City


  • Grumbacher Award in Oils - Academic Artists National Exhibition – New York City
  • First in Oil - Cape Cod Art Association All New England Exhibition


  • Finalist - American Artist Magazine National Art Competition – New York City


  • Yankee Sagendorph Award - Copley Society of Boston
  • Honorable Mention - Jubilee 350 Competition for New England Artists - Boston
  • The Crescent Gallery, Ltd. Award - Allied Artists National Exhibition – New York City


  • The Margaret Fitzhugh Browne Memorial Portrait Award - Copley Society of Boston
  • Cover Artist - "American Artist" Magazine - April


  • Grumbacher Gold Medal - Guild of Boston Artists Competition


  • Gold Medal - American Artist Professional League Grand National Exhibition – NYC
  • Copley Master Award - Copley Society of Boston
  • Juror's Choice Award – Springville (Utah) Museum of Art National Salon Show
  • American Portrait Society Certification - Los Angeles



  • Silver Medal - The Society of Illustrators' 29th Annual Exhibition – New York City
  • A. Lassell Ripley Award - Guild of Boston Artists Competition
  • Medal "Benemerito" - Catholic University of Portugal


  • Commendation - Governor and Executive Council of New Hampshire


  • Ken Gore Memorial Award - Guild of Boston Artists Competition


  • R. H. Ives Gammell Award – Guild of Boston Artists Competition


  • "American Artist" magazine article - April


  • Edmund C. Tarbell Award – Guild of Boston Artists Spring Awards Exhibit
  • Emeritus Award – American Society of Portrait Artists


  • Honorable Mention, Landscape – Art Renewal Center International Salon


  • Elected Honorary Lifetime Member of the American Artists Professional League and Allied Artists of America


  • Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters - University of New Hampshire


RICHARD WHITNEY - COLLECTIONS (From a list of over 750 public and private collections)

The Newark Museum of Art; Springville Museum of Art; The Knights of Columbus Museum; The Pentagon; New Hampshire State Capitol; Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute; Catholic University of Portugal; University of Chicago; Boston University School of Medicine; Yale University School of Medicine; Stanford University School of Medicine; St. Anselm College; Franklin Pierce College; University of Charleston; Furman University; New England College of Optometry; Brooklyn Academy of Music; Massachusetts General Hospital; Brigham & Women's Hospital; South Shore Hospital; Chubb Life America; New England Genealogical Society; Sailors Snug Harbor, Sea Level, NC; Preservation Society of Newport County, RI; South Congregational Church, New Britain, CT; Unitarian Church, Worcester, MA; Pine Crest School; The Berkshire School; St. Johnsbury Academy; The Governors Academy; The Loomis Chaffee School; Wheeler School; Data Resources, Inc.; Heublein, Inc.; The New England Insurance Company; Quincy Mutual Fire Insurance Company; New Hampshire Ball Bearings, Inc.; Raveneaux Country Club, Houston; South Shore Bank, Quincy, MA; Skowhegan Bank, Skowhegan, ME; Bank of New Hampshire; Alain Briottet, French Ambassador to Finland; Kevin B. Harrington, Massachusetts Senate President; Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, Pittsburgh, PA; Carroll Jones, Jr., Life Magazine Illustrator; Mr. & Mrs. John J. Shields, III; Alfred J. Walker, Art Dealer; William A. Coles, Art Historian; Jan Mitchell, Benefactor: Metropolitan Museum of Art; Tanio Nakamura, Curator, Tokyo National Museum; Takezo Hirato, Retired CEO, Mazda Yokohama; Sekiya Shirayama, Tokyo; Anchorage Historical and Fine Arts Museum; The Anderson House Museum, Washington; AFL-CIO, Washington; Department of Labor, Washington; Massachusetts State Capitol; New Hampshire Supreme Court; Stratford (NH) County Superior Court; Massachusetts Eye & Ear Institute; King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, Bermuda; Harvard University; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Dartmouth College; St. Johns College; Ohio State University College of Law; Northeastern University; Suffolk University; Mount Ida College; Keene State College; Mt. Sinae Hospital; Institute of Living, Hartford, CT; Evangelical Theological Seminary Library, Osijek, Croatia; Unitarian Universalist Association of America; The First Parish Church, Weston, MA; Community Church Society, Pepperell, MA; Mercersburg Academy; The Pingree School; Cushing Academy; The Dublin School; Eaglebrook School; Robert J. Coelho Middle School, Attleboro, MA; Stanadyne Corporation; National Grange Mutual Insurance Company; Hartford Steamboiler Inspection & Insurance Company; The Little Susitna Company, Anchorage; Battelle Corporation; Sallie Mae; C&S Corporation; The Inn at Sawmill Farm, West Dover, VT; Beech Hill Farm Hospital, Dublin, NH; The Late US Senator Thomas J. McIntyre; The Honorable Edward J. McCormack, Jr.; John Sununu, Former White House Chief of Staff; Helena Hale, Actress; Frederick Hart, Vietnam Memorial Sculptor; John Cunningham, VP, Wang Corporation; Bruce Ferguson, Developer of Pegasus Rocket; Mr. & Mrs. Frederick C. Ross, Noted Collectors; A. Ara Danikian, Art Dealer; Abbot Williams Vose, Art Dealer; A. Sadeghi-Nejad, Former Minister of Culture of Iran; Yasuyuki Nambu, Japanese Entrepreneur, Tokyo; Chieko Yamagata, Tokyo;

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