On November 3, 2017 the Rita Blitt Gallery and Sculpture Garden opened at Mulvane Museum, Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas. This 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 Blitt is an internationally renowned, award-winning painter, sculptor and filmmaker, who cares deeply about people and creating a more harmonious world. Her work celebrates her 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 her films. When making her lines, she feels as though she’s dancing on paper.
Rita was born in Kansas City in 1931. As a child, she won scholarships for Saturday classes at the Kansas City Art Institute, and returned there after attending the University of Illinois and graduating from the University of Missouri, Kansas City.