About the Book

Rita Blitt: Around and Round is a full-color, beautifully produced collection of works by internationally renowned artist Rita Blitt.
The works gathered in these pages are selections from Rita Blitt's output from 1958 to the present and are representative of her many mediums—painting, drawing, sculpture, video, and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Blitt’s words “Kindness is contagious. Catch it!” have inspired thousands of people all over the world. Her works are included in numerous museums, installations, and private collections—including those in Australia, Israel, Japan, Singapore, and the United States. Her short film collaboration with David Parsons, Parsons Dance Company, and Lois Greenfield, entitled "Caught in Paint," has won 16 awards and has been invited to be shown in over 130 film festivals.

This collection of art and scholarly essays is published in commemoration of the establishment of Washburn University's Rita Blitt Legacy Collection. In 2019, she was awarded an Honorary Doctoral degree in Fine Arts by Washburn University.  

Sam Ben-Meir

a regular contributor to Blitz

A richly satisfying book, not least because it spans seven decades in the career of this artist, from the 1950s up until the present.

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.