Independence Community College is pleased to welcome Emily E. Ritter as our new Associate Professor of Visual Arts. Ritter spent the past two years as an adjunct faculty member teaching screen printing, history of graphic design, layout and design, and 2D Design, at Benedictine University, Estrella Mountain Community College, and Paradise Valley Community College.
“I’m excited to be returning to my home state of Kansas and to become a member of the Independence community,” said Ritter. “Independence Community College has a reputation for having bright and talented students, and I can’t wait to share my love of the visual arts with such an incredible student body!”
Ritter received her BFA in Studio Art with an emphasis in Printmaking from Wichita State University in 2012. After graduating, Ritter was an Intern-in-Residence at Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY in 2014. She received her MFA in Studio Arts from Arizona State University in 2018. Ritter explores the consequences of human irresponsibility and how we affect different species and environments. Her work has exhibited locally, nationally, and internationally.
“Emily is an incredible addition to our Arts program with a fantastic track record of student-centered teaching, innovative instruction, and the highest quality artistic work personally,” said Heather Mydosh, Arts and Humanities Division Head at ICC. “Her focus on ecology and the environment is a welcome one, and I believe Emily will be a phenomenal partner in working on our journal, Argo Navis. She has a number of exciting ideas for printmaking workshops in the community that I want to enroll in personally, so I think it’s safe to say that Emily will be an excellent member of our community.”