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.
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".