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Richard Reitz Smith is an artist and designer, which is expressed through personal creative projects within the fine arts as a painter and printmaker. Within book arts, he is a letterpress printer, as well as a maker of limited-edition books and custom presentation cases. He also works collaboratively with other artists in these arenas lending his skills and knowledge of traditional arts.
He is the Chair of the Book Arts Program and Studio manager at Maine Media Workshops where he offers workshops in letterpress printing, book creation and design and coordinates classes taught by other artists. He has taught within the University of Maine system and other higher ed institutions nationally.
Richard holds degrees in painting and illustration from Carnegie Mellon University and graphic design from Tyler School of Art-Temple University.