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Ric Haynes

 Ric Haynes was born in York, Pennsylvania in 1945. Visiting the York Interstate Fair was a major resource for his imagination and enriched his curiosity for a larger universe than York County. During a trip to NYC at the age of 5,  he discovered the American Museum of Natural History, which opened many doors that continue to be  felt throughout his creative life.


     Fireflies and constellations were more important than math, and school up to art school was painful. He spent a major amount of time in study hall in highschool reading classic literature. He collected postcards and wondered what it would be like to be somewhere else.


  Haynes attended the Maryland Institute College of Art on a Ford Foundation scholarship for four years. Liberal arts became a backbone to his studies, as well as his encounters with artists Reba Stewart, Robert Moskowitz, Salvatore Scarpitta, Babe Shapiro and Peter Milton.  He also studied at the University of Pennsylvania in the Fine Arts department but later became involved in archival work with the photographic collection of the university museum. Haynes became a creative arts therapist after graduating from Lesley University, going on to work in mental health with veterans, schizophrenics and adolescents. He taught visual arts, creative arts therapy and film at Endicott College, Beverly MA, for 19 years.


    Ric is represented in many private and public collections including  the Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Victoria and Albert Museum.


     He lives in Mashpee, on Cape Cod with his wife Lorraine who is a textile artist.

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