Instilled with a keen awareness of human suffering since childhood, Rita Blitt has struggled with her desires to end wars and injustices. Simultaneously, she has celebrated life, music, dance and nature. Her deeply felt passions have resulted in the expressions of joy and pain seen in this exhibition. Blitt's strongest memory from childhood was listening to her mom's appeals for help to rescue those being persecuted by Hitler. Coupled with her father's kindness, her mom's deep concern influenced Blitt and the artwork she has made. (from an interview with Rita Blitt in 2009)
This traveling exhibition was initiated by Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California. The curator of the exhibition, Fatemah Burnes, expressed the complex range of emotions represented by this collection of works; "Rita's pure, rhythmic visual poetry is an everlasting instant of a joyous dance traced in a mirage like composition, pulsing dream and reality simultaneously. Rita's abstract marks capsulate a complexity of humanistic emotions that are liberated in a pure gesture of love and hope, to portray the world in perfect harmony."
In addition to Mt. San Antonio College, "Fear of War, Courage to Hope... While Dancing" traveled to College of the Desert, Palm Springs, California; 547 Arts Center, Greensburg, KS; Lawrence Art Center, Kansas; and the University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg.