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David Ribar

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Professor of Art: Drawing, Art Experience, First-Year Seminar, Senior Capstone

“The artist becomes himself in front of the blank canvas.”
– Stéphane Mallarmé


Professor David Ribar began his career in the arts in 1979 as the Preparator/Exhibitions Designer at the Cheekwood Museum of Art in Nashville. Before coming to Belmont in 1991, he also served for five years as Cheekwood's Curator of Exhibitions. He has worked as a consultant, juror, panelist and lecturer for arts organizations and schools throughout the region, and has published numerous articles of art criticism for local, regional and national publications. His most recent essay appears in the book The Intriguing Vision of Sylvia Hyman: Trompe L'oeil Ceramic Artist. He has also shown in juried, invitational and one-person exhibitions throughout the United States, with works found in a variety of private and public art collections. In addition to his pursuit of the art of teaching, Professor Ribar has served as Interim Chair of the Art Department, and has been engaged as the Co-Director of the Belmont in Italy Program for the last 13 years. 

  • MFA University of Cincinnati, Drawing
  • BFA Murray State University, Drawing emphasis with Teaching Certificate