Although often described as a painter, Matthew Ritchie creates works on paper, prints, light-box drawings, floor-to-wall installations, freestanding sculpture, web sites, and short stories that tie his sprawling works together into a personal mythology drawn from creation myths, particle physics, thermodynamics, and games of chance, among other elements.

Ritchie’s presentation includes performances by Shara Worden of the band My Brightest Diamond.

With support from UM Museum of Art (UMMA), Chelsea River Gallery and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD).

This lecture took place on October 21, 2010 as part of the University of Michigan School of Art & Design's Penny W. Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series. Established with the generous support of alumna Penny W. Stamps, the Speaker Series brings respected emerging and established artists/designers from a broad spectrum of media to the School to conduct a public lecture and engage with students, faculty, and the larger University and Ann Arbor communities.

Unless otherwise noted, all programs take place on Thursdays at 5:10 pm at the historic Michigan Theater, located at 603 E. Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor, and are free of charge and open to the public. For more information, please visit:

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