Holter director Chris Riccardo resigning Oct. 15 to return to ceramics

Health is one key reason Chris Riccardo is resigning as executive director of the Holter Museum of Art Oct. 15.

Another is art – having time to make it.

“I love this place,” he said, sitting in his office, which is often overflowing with work projects and fascinating art objects.  Resigning is “one of the toughest decisions I’ve ever made.”

He started at the Holter as an education assistant in 2014, became interim director in 2015 and executive director in 2016.

Since the pandemic, the Holter has pretty much been on his mind 24/7.

“Stress can kill you,” he said of why he needs time to focus on himself and his own health.

“I’m an artist and I want to do that, and I haven’t really had the chance.

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“I’d really like to commit one solid year and just be in my studio focusing solely on my work.”

Chris Riccardo works on a sculpture in this IR file photo from 2014.

THOM BRIDGE, Independent Record

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