The Artist

Dr. Rich Entel, Portland Maine

Rich Entel of Portland, Maine, attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and was an artist-in-residence at the MacDowell Colony.  His work has been included in a Portland Museum of Art Biennial.  “Rich Entel's Cardboard Menagerie” is a synthesis of Entel's experience in painting, printmaking, sculpture and music. His past work has explored issues of homelessness, loss, the body, and meditation. He recently collaborated on the book "Ashley Bryan's Puppets".  Along with continuous exploration in art, Entel works in the community as a family physician specializing in addiction medicine.


Rich Entel

Exhibitions (Selected)

2015 solo Rich Entel's Cardboard Menagerie, Dunedin Fine Art Center, Dunedin, FL  
2015 solo Rich Entel's Cardboard Menagerie, Maine Jewish Museum, Portland, ME
2013 group enCircled, Dunedin Fine Art Center, FL
2010 group New Era Gallery, Vinalhaven, ME
2002 solo Door Ajar, Railroad Square, Waterville, ME
1998 juried Portland Museum of Art Biennial, Portland, ME
1998 juried The 20th Annual Juried Exhibition, Maine Coast Artists, Rockland, ME
1997 solo Sexual Water, Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland, ME
1996 juried Skowhegan at 50: The Maine Legacy, Maine Coast Artists, Rockland & Portland, ME
1995 solo Internal Affairs—monotypes, Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland, ME
1995 group Winter’s Work, Frick Gallery, Belfast, ME
1995 solo Recent Monotypes, Railroad Square, Waterville, ME
1993 juried What’s Going on Now, A democratic Survey of New Art in ME, Frick Gallery, Belfast
1992 solo Meditations on Loss, Center for the Arts, Chocolate Church, Bath, ME
1991 group Frick Gallery, Belfast ME
1984 juried Selected Work from the Skowhegan School, Maine Coast Artists, Rockland, ME                           
Artist Residencies
1993 MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH
1984 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Madison, ME

1986-89 Maine-Dartmouth Family Practice Residency, Augusta, ME
1982-86 Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, New York, N.Y  (M.D.)
1976-80 Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., B.A. (physics)

2012 Corrugation Nation at Waterfall Arts by Britta Konau
1997 Rich Entel at the Caldbeck in Art New England, Oct-Nov
1995 Introspection and brilliance on display at Caldbeck by Ken Greenleaf, Maine Sunday Telegram Gallery

2013 The Art of the Center: Visualization and the Mandala, Dunedin Fine Art Center, FL

2013 Concept and book design for Ashley Bryan's Puppets (Atheneum – Simon & Schuster)

Selected Work

Skowhegan School (1984):

During his artist's residency at the prestigiousSkowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (Summer of 1984), Rich worked on a temporary installation using cardboard and the structure of the studio itself. He also created his first free-standing pieces which had abstract, animal-like characteristics.

Early Drawings (1978-1984):

Comprised of gesso on paper and cardboard, these pieces explore a theme of homelessness.

Series of Museum Studies:

From a large series of sketches in ink and wash from collections of indigenous art. Many from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Early Work With Cardboard (1986-1989):

These sculptures are small "sketches" of cardboard birds and animals exploring asymmetry and design.

Prints (1990's)

Prints (2004-2006):

Monotypes which include textures of carved Tibetan and Indian woodblocks and early American stencils. The floating figures are a part of a series called "Between the Flowers and the Ground". The portraits are from a series entitled "The Memory of Distance".

Paintings On Wood (1990's):