SFW&C Fiesta Featured Artist 2017
Born in the Land of Enchantment, Evans grew up in a rural farming community in the panhandle of Texas, where he had no exposure at all to art until he started college. While in college, though, he was required to take drawing and design courses (as part of his curriculum as an architecture major). He soon realized architecture was not right for him but art was.
He then switched to an advertising art program at Texas Tech, where he then realized he was more interested in Fine Arts. So he then transferred again—to the art program at the University of Utah, where he obtained a BFA in Drawing and Painting and went on to obtain an MFA in Ceramics and Sculpture.
After college, he began a university teaching career, being granted tenure at just 29. Uneasy about settling into one area so early in life he resigned within the month and set out on his own with his wife and two children, establishing studios in Northern New Mexico in which he produced sculpture and ceramics.
After a year he realized how much he missed teaching and returned to the university scene. He spent a year teaching at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Then he spent three years teaching art at the University of New Mexico. In 1975 he married for the second time. This time to sculptor Susan Stamm Evans, with whom he is still married. Then in 1975 he took a position teaching art at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Evans progressed through the professorial ranks to tenure, full professorship and also a two-year stint as Associate Dean of the School of Fine Arts.
In 1987 the Evans’ decided to leave academia and devote themselves full-time to their art. In 1990 they returned to New Mexico, moving to Santa Fe, where they built a house with two studios.
ABOVE: Dark Form with Red Sky by Dick Evans, 2016, 30” x 30” oil, For SFWC