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Ligonier artist inducted into IUP Hall of Distinction

Jeff Himler
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Kim Stepinsky | For The Tribune-Review
Rosanne Bodziak (center), Latrobe Art Center Board of Directors secretary, mingles with exhibiting artists John Ritter (left) of Ligonier, an American post pop artist, and Theodore Bolha of Latrobe, a master paper cutter, during the reception for a summer gallery show June 18, 2014, at the Latrobe Art Center.

Nationally known commercial artist and Indiana University of Pennsylvania alumnus John Ritter of Ligonier, has been included in the inaugural class of the university’s College of Fine Arts Hall of Distinction.

Ritter recently was inducted into the hall along with fellow alumni Patreshettarlini “Pat” Adams, the resident stage manager at the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia, and Joan Frey Boytim, of Carlisle, a well-known figure in the field of voice instruction.

Ritter earned a bachelor’s degree in art studio from IUP in 1988. Known as an American “post-pop” artist, he has created illustrations of celebrities and other subjects that have been published in The New Yorker, GQ, Rolling Stone, Harper’s Magazine and The New York Times. His work was featured on four Time magazine covers in 2008.

In the 1990s, he worked on a development team for Adobe Photoshop, one of the most widely used graphics arts and design programs.

Ritter has been honored with awards from the The New York Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts and the American Institute of Graphic Design.

His work has appeared in major exhibitions in Pittsburgh, New York City and San Francisco, as well as in local shows at Saint Vincent College and the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art.

The Hall of Distinction members “have achieved the highest stature in their chosen craft,” said David Ferguson, interim dean of the College of Fine Arts.

Jeff Himler is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jeff at 724-836-6622, [email protected] or via Twitter @jhimler_news.

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