Professor Ricky Allman, MFA

Professor Ricky Allman
  • University of Missouri–Kansas City
  • Rhode Island School of Design
I don't want to look at something if it isn't aesthetically intriguing. And secondly, it also has to resonate on a level that goes beyond fads or trends - there has to be something elementally human for someone to respond to a work of art 10, 50 or 500 years after it was made.

Ricky Allman is an Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of Missouri–Kansas City (UMKC). He received a bachelor of fine arts from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and a master of fine arts with honors from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Mr. Allman’s paintings often appear as landscapes, cityscapes, and psychological landscapes. Utilizing the geographic features from his childhood in the Rocky Mountains, modernist architecture, and gestural abstraction in his work, he presents an indefinite future—a complicated and frenetic world of colliding forms often in the moment of origination.

Mr. Allman’s work has been exhibited internationally in Denmark, England, France, Belgium, Scotland, Morocco, Paraguay, and New Zealand. In the United States, his work has been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, and other cities. Mr. Allman’s work has been featured in numerous publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Vice, Harvard Business Review, Harper’s Magazine, The Kansas City Star, Juxtapoz magazine, and Wallpaper*/i> magazine.

Mr. Allman is the recipient of a UMKC Trustees Faculty Scholar Award, a UMKC Faculty Research Grant, a University of Missouri System Research Board grant, a Charlotte Street Visual Artist Award, and a Studios Inc residency.