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Ric Howard 1984, photo by Sam Barber

Richard (Ric) E. Howard (1912-1996) planted his roots here in Dennis in the 70’s after being Executive Director of Macy’s art department, and serving in World War II.

 

He became well known for his clean, spare style of patriotic flag paintings, as well as paintings of local landmarks and amusing depictions of Victorian family life. Often described as a “sophisticated primitive” artist, he was a highly-trained artist who used flat planes and skewed architecture, accenting humor, wit, and color.

 

Howard's work can be found in many permanent collections, including the Smithsonian Institution's Hirshhorn Museum and London’s National Gallery.

 

The CCMoA recently received a bequest of 30 original Ric Howard paintings from another local legend, the late Helen Pond, giving our Museum the greatest representation of this artist anywhere.

 

The exhibition runs through the 4th of July – Ric's favorite day…and we will have an open mic night and reception on May 5th, where the public will be invited to share their stories and memories of Ric before they disappear.

"That Howard Character"

When Ric Howard was asked to describe himself as an artist, he responded, 

"I just don’t like having a label. I like to be known as Ric, or that Howard character…”

And he was known as just that, a colorful local character around and about the town of Dennis, not only for his engaging art, but also for his colorful personality. 

Thursday, May 5, 2022
Opening Reception:  4 pm - 7 pm
Open Mic: 5:30 pm

Did you know Ric?

If so, you're invited to tell a story

or say a few words about him during the "Open Mic" portion of our Opening Reception on May 5th! 

RSVP Appreciated. Click Here.
Please indicate on the RSVP if you would like to talk about Ric during the Open Mic.

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Ric Howard 1984, photo by Sam Barber

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A Selection of Artworks in the Exhibition

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American Celebration
American Celebration

Oil on canvas. Signed silkscreen prints available in the Museum Shop.

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County Fair
County Fair

Oil on Canvas

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