To help keep the memory and legacy of a prominent member in the art community alive, Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern State University officials held a celebration of life event and presents an artist exhibition in his memory.
Richard Ash III began teaching art at MSU in 1968 until 2007. During this time, he helped build the art program and became a mentor to many. In 2009 until 2011, Richard Ash became Interim Director of the museum and helped lead the first renovations since the ’79 tornado.
“Around 2010, we did major renovations for galleries and gave them a much more temporary look,” WFMA Interim Director Danny Bills said. “Everyone loves the spaces when they come in. Artists who are shown our spaces are always impressed by it. Very stunning, it is larger and more open and we’re able to do a lot more things with exhibits that we had before.”
In February, Richard Ash passed away and because of how much he meant to the art community, Richard Ash’s wife Liz Ash said they wanted to honor him with his own art exhibit at the museum.
“It starts with his early work and then mid-career to late career work,” Liz Ash said. “It’s really fun to see also the objects that are on display that he sometimes used in his artwork and collect it.”
Liz Ash said she wanted to plan the opening of the exhibit around two significant days in Richard Ash’s life.
“It took every bit of time up until I walked in the doors here to get everything arranged,” Liz Ash said. “There was just a lot of process and a lot of details. This is actually as close to his 76th birthday as we could arrange this. It is to the day two months after his passing.”
Because of this exhibit, Ash’s life’s work is on display for all to see.
The exhibit will be open until May 11, 2019. The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m.—5 p.m.