Craig Blietz sketching from life in 1997.
Craig Blietz (b. 1956) lives and works in Northeast Wisconsin. He mines both the formalist and narrative aspects of painting to create his rural and agrarian inspired imagery.
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, Rahr-West Museum, Miller Art Museum, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, and The Fairfield Center for Contemporary Art. In 2002 at St. Norbert College and in 2013 at the Miller Art Museum Blietz had Ten and Twenty Year Surveys of his work respectively. A 192 page hardcover coffee table book titled "Craig Blietz: Eight Years of Pastoral Dreaming" was published to compliment the 2013 Survey at the Miller Art Museum. In 2001 The Miller Art Museum purchased a painting by Blietz that now exists in their permanent collection.
Blietz's work has been included in the Charles Allis Art Museum's biennial exhibition "Forward: A Survey of Wisconsin Art Now" in 2010, 2012, and 2014. In 2010 his painting 'Pastoral Dreaming' was awarded the "Director's Choice Award". Additionally in 2010 and 2012, Blietz's paintings were juried into the Fort Wayne Museum of Art's "Contemporary Realism Biennial" exhibition. Blietz has had 17 One Person Exhibitions and has appeared in numerous Group Exhibitions.
Starting in 2012 and concluding in 2014, Blietz had a One-Person Exhibition titled "Yard: The Art of Craig Blietz" travel to four venues in the State of Wisconsin as well as to Penn State Altoona College in Altoona, Pennsylvania. A 78 page catalog with a corresponding title was published in conjunction with this exhibition.
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 in Chicago. 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 background and education.
Blietz is currently represented by galleries in Michigan, New Mexico and Wisconsin.