Rita Blitt is an internationally renowned, award-winning painter, sculptor and filmmaker whose words “Kindness is contagious. Catch it!” have inspired people all over the world.
Her work celebrates love of nature, music, dance and the spontaneous flow of movement captured in the drawn gesture. Her deeply felt lines have become paintings up to 33 feet wide, sculpture up to 60 feet tall and the inspiration for film and dance. When making her lines, she feels as though she’s “dancing on paper”.
The Rita Blitt Gallery and Sculpture Garden at Mulvane Museum, Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas is the home of the Rita Blitt Legacy Collection of drawings, paintings, sculpture, and film. Exhibitions will change twice per year. The Irwin Blitt Fellowship Award will be given annually to a student selected to create a project inspired by the Rita Blitt Legacy Collection.
Rita, born Rita Copaken in Kansas City, 1931, won scholarships for classes at the Kansas City Art Institute at age 10 and returned there for studying painting after attending the University of Illinois and graduating from the University of Missouri, Kansas City.