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Louisville native Richard Sullivan is an artist and a former professional baseball player with a BFA desgree in Illustration from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). His paintings have graced the cover of the Washington Post and are in the permanent collection of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, The Atlanta Braves SunTrust Park and the Atlanta Falcons Mercedes Benz Stadium.
Visit Richard Sullivan's studio located in Portland and watch as he demonstrates his unique watercolor painting style of sports imagery. Richard will discuss how he draws inspiration from his past experiences as a baseball player, as well as his tips and personal experience on how to build a freelance art career from scratch!
Students are welcome to bring broth fine art and design portfolos for critique following Richard's presentation and watercolor demonstration.
About Richard Sullivan
Richard Sullivan is an artist and a former professional baseball player. Born and raised in Louisville, KY, he studied at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) where he received a BFA in Illustration. He had the opportunity to play baseball at SCAD and to continue his interest in art and illustration. In 2008, Richard was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 11th round and he played 6 years of minor league baseball.
His work has been accepted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s permanent collection and the Yogi Berra Museum. Over a dozen Major League Baseball players including Tom Glavine have started collecting his work. In 2015, the Louisville Slugger Museum exhibited his painting of Craig Biggio for a special exhibit honoring Craig's induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. His painting of Bryce Harper was on the cover of the Washington Post Sports section in 2015. The Washington Nationals bought the original painting to auction off at their Dream Gala in 2016. The painting raised over $18,000 for charity. Coca Cola commissioned him to create a special 75th Anniversary painting for USO.
In 2017 the Atlanta Braves commissioned Richard to paint 16 original watercolor paintings and create 20 prints for their new stadium SunTrust Park. He created five paintings of each World Series win in the Braves history and one stand alone celebration painting for the 1995 World Series win. The paintings line the corridors where World Series memorabilia will be displayed, the prints decorate the suites, and fans will be able to view the work through glass. He is working with the Atlanta Falcons to create a portrait of their owner, Arthur Blank, that will hang in the owners suite of the new Mercedes Benz Stadium. The Kentucky Derby Museum recently commissioned him to create a poster for the 2017 Kentucky Derby Museum FanFest.
His work has been featured nationally on MiLB.com and numerous magazines including The AJC, Kentucky Monthly, The Courier Journal, Louisville Magazine and the Louisville Voice.
Clients Include: Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Falcons, Coca Cola, US Cellular, USO, Mullen Lowe, The Kentucky Derby Museum, The Washington Post, The Washington Nationals, Tom Glavine, Andrelton Simmons, Brian McCann, Atlanta Braves All Star Grill