If you visit Seattle, Minneapolis and New York art galleries or West Coast museums, look for UW-Stout alumnus Richard Hutter's ('87) mesmerizing art that blends flower forms with collage and printmaking techniques.

Over the past two decades his art has been featured in 15 solo exhibitions and more than 80 group exhibitions across the U.S., as well as 14 reviews and publications, scooping up numerous awards. Neiman Marcus commissioned him to create two works for the company's first store in the Pacific Northwest. Seibu Department Stores in Japan and U.S. medical centers display his pieces. In 2013 his Hexad series landed a review in Art in Print magazine.

Richard's art forayed into the world right away while he was a UW-Stout student, thanks to his instructors.

"Learning how to get your work seen was an important formative experience, and without Professor Paul Delong's help and guidance, I might not have had this experience so early in my art career. I hadn't even graduated and I was already participating in juried exhibitions nationally."

Resiliency and writing skills learned at UW-Stout also helped him reached this career pinnacle.

"If something isn't working in the studio with your materials or equipment, the ability to persevere and either figure it out and fix it, or realize it isn't worth fixing and take a new approach, or embrace the impasse and incorporate it into the work somehow is resiliency, and I learned this at UW-Stout."

"I had no idea then how important writing skills would be later, for writing artist statements and grant applications, communications with galleries, museum curators and collectors, web-based marketing and promotional spaces — the list goes on."