About the Book

This selection of 26 postcards features pastels from Rita Blitt’s 1984 Li Po Series. Li Po was a Chinese poet of the Tang Dynasty whose poems document his journeys sailing the Yangzi River. Each drawing includes the line of poetry that inspired Blitt’s work.

Meet the Author

Rita Blitt’s dynamic body of work is distinguished by the sense of joy expressed through her pieces— sculpture, paintings, drawings, video, and more. Her work has been showcased in more than seventy one-person exhibitions and is in many museum and private collections; her sculptures, some of them as tall as sixty feet, can be found throughout the U.S. and in Japan, Singapore, and Australia. Blitt’s work celebrates her love of nature, dance, and music, and is noteworthy for its ability to visually communicate the energy of movement and sound.

Rita Blitt divides her time between Kansas City and San Francisco, where her daughter and granddaughter live.

Meet the Author

The Mulvane Art Museum at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, houses Rita Blitt’s legacy collection of more than 2,5 paintings, drawings, sculpture, and archival material, and is home to the Rita Blitt Gallery and Sculpture Garden. The oldest art museum in Kansas, Mulvane Art Museum opened in 1924 and houses a collection that is international in scope but focuses on the works of artists from Kansas and the Mountain Plains. In addition to Rita Blitt, the museum recently acquired the collection I Dream a World: Portraits of Black Women Who Changed America by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Brian Lanker (1947–211). The museum’s objective is for the Rita Blitt collection to be a resource for students, faculty, and guest curators to create exhibitions, performances, and more.