Craig Blietz (b. 1956) lives and works in Northeast Wisconsin. He is recognized for his work representing the broad American agrarian landscape.
Blietz has exhibited his work in numerous museum exhibitions that include the Museum of Wisconsin Art, 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, The Fairfield Center for Contemporary Art, and the Paine Art Center & Gardens. In 2002 at St. Norbert College, and in 2013 at the Miller Art Museum, Blietz had retrospective surveys of his work. A 192 page hardcover coffee table book titled “Craig Blietz: Eight Years of Pastoral Dreaming” was published to compliment the 2013 Exhibition at the Miller Art Museum.
In 2001 The Miller Art Museum purchased a painting by Blietz that now exists in their permanent collection. In 2018 he had a painting enter the permanent collection of the Museum of Wisconsin Art.
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’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 20 One Person Exhibitions and has appeared in numerous Group Exhibitions.
In 2019 Blietz will have one person exhibitions of his work at the James Watrous Gallery at the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, & Letters in Madison, Wisconsin; and another one person exhibition at ArtStart Rhinelander in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. In 2020 Blietz will have a one person exhibition at the Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art in Wausau, Wisconsin.
Blietz is a graduate of The University of Denver (BS 1981), and The Harrington College of Design (AD 1990). He continued his art studies with four years of academic training at The School of Representational Art in Chicago (1992-96). Blietz studied privately with master draftsman and recognized Chicago figurative artist Fred Berger. He also 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.