Craig Blietz lives and works in Northeast Wisconsin. His work is a reflection of his rural environment and the many things within it that intrigue him.
Craig Blietz sketching from life in 1997.
Blietz has exhibited his work in numerous museum exhibitions that include the Muskegon Art Museum, Charles Allis Art Museum, Elmhurst Art Museum, Wright Museum, West Bend Art Museum (now Museum of Wisconsin Art), Rahr-West Museum, Miller Art Museum, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, and The Fairfield Center for Contemporary Art. In 2002 he had a Ten Year Retrospective of his work exhibited at the Baer Gallery in the Carol and Robert Bush Art Center on the campus of St. Norbert College. In 2013 Blietz will have a Twenty Year Survey of his work exhibited at The Miller Art Museum. In 2001 The Miller Art Museum purchased a painting by Blietz that now exists in their permanent collection.
In 2010, Blietz's work was included in the Charles Allis Art Museum's biennial exhibition "Forward: A Survey of Wisconsin Art Now 2010" where his painting 'Pastoral Dreaming' was awarded the "Director's Choice Award". Additionally in 2010, Blietz's paintings 'Clarity' and 'Pastoral Dreaming' were juried into the "2010 Contemporary Realism Biennial" exhibition held at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Recently, Blietz's work was selected, again, for inclusion in the 2012 edition of both of these Biennials with his painting 'Incline' going to the exhibition at The Charles Allis Art Museum, and 'K - A Rural Kouros' going to the Contemporary Realism Biennial at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.
Starting in 2012 and concluding in 2013, Blietz will have a One-Person Exhibition titled "Yard: The Art of Craig Blietz" travel to four venues in the State of Wisconsin.
Blietz received a BS from The University of Denver. He continued his art and design studies at The Harrington College of Design and finished his formal studies with four years of academic training at The School of Representational Art. Blietz studied privately with master draftsman and recognized Chicago figurative artist Fred Berger. Along with Mr. Berger, Blietz studied with recognized Chicago portrait artist Richard Halstead, and also with painter, printmaker, and illustrator John Rush. Several extended trips to the art centers of both Europe and the United States, with the sole purpose being the study of the great masters, has added to Blietz's extensive education.
Blietz is currently represented by galleries in Michigan and Wisconsin.