I studied architecture and design at the University of Cincinnati and graphic design and photography at Ray-Vogue Schools in Chicago (1964). After working for a Chicago Design firm for 3 years, I moved to Michigan and was the Art Director at a Battle Creek Advertising Agency. In 1972, I founded the SchlatterGroup, a full service ad agency. I am now semi-retired (I'll never fully "retire") and continue to work as a graphic designer/consultant. I have won over 75 awards in the field of graphic design from many different professional organizations and trade publications. The most prestigious award was the Silver Medal in 1984, the highest award given annually by the American Advertising Federation (AAF) in recognition of outstanding contributions to advertising and in furthering the industry's standards and creative excellence. My work has appeared in numerous publications and graphic design annuals including PRINT, CA, and AMERICAN CORPORATE IDENTITY. Early in my career, I designed several type fonts for Visual Graphics Corporation in New York. "Wexford" became popular both nationally and internationally and actually inspired several other type font designs by other type designers. In 2011, I wrote and illustrated a children's book, "The Old Man and The Tree". Based on a true personal experience, the story teaches children the lessons of loyalty and respect as they apply to friends, nature, and oneself. One of my ministries is visiting elementary schools, reading my book to second grade classes, and then giving each student a signed copy of my book. It is one of my ways of giving back to the community. I am still married to my first wife, Linda, (53 years) and have a daughter, Anita and a son, Mike. Mike, lives in Grand Rapids and has a son and a daughter. (I had them place the final pennies in place on April 15, the same date as Lincoln's death)
Richard's ArtPrize Entries
These are Richard's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.