Since 1973, Richard McWherter’s activities have included the learning, creating,
exhibiting and teaching of photography as a Visual Art. McWherter’s photographs have
appeared in several regional publications and have also been reproduced in national
magazines for fine art photography. In 1990 he received the top award for black
and white photography from Photographer’s Forum magazine and his work appeared in
the book The Best of Photography as a first place winner. His self-published “How
to” books were first sold on the Internet, with customers as far away as Greenland
As an educator, McWherter is dedicated to the continued artistic growth of all
learners. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1993 from Seton Hill University
with a major in Studio Arts and a minor in Art Education. In 1996 he became the
current Visual Arts Instructor at the high school in his hometown in Western Pennsylvania
and now serves as the Art Department Chair. He has also taught photography and digital
imaging at the University and other local art centers. He has received many awards
for his photographic art, as well as his innovations in teaching, and in 2007 he
was named the Art Educator of the Year by the Greensburg Area Cultural Council. It
is his belief that creative thinking and inventive problem solving skills are extremely
important to the success of both individuals and society as a whole.
McWherter was one of the first contemporary artists in the country to exhibit
their work on-line through a self-designed personal Web page. The page was featured
in a story in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in March of 1996 and appeared in syndication
in newspapers across the nation. In December of 2000, he was included in the inaugural
edition of the International Who’s Who in the 21st Century, published in Cambridge,
England and distributed worldwide.
His commercial clients have included both regional and national corporations
and institutions, as well as freelance assignments for family portraiture and groups.
Currently he works exclusively on self-assignments for gallery and book projects
and is represented by his entrepreneurial venture, Walkwood Publishing. For more
information, please visit the Contact page or email your request to the Walkwood
Online Gallery at email@example.com.