on sabbatical academic year 2023–24
Fritz Drury works from his studio in Brooklyn, focusing on narrative paintings that explore personally generated themes with extended socio-political significance. A recent painting is Rumpelstiltskin, a six-foot canvas suggesting an ideal state of human connection with the natural universe and the role of the painter/philosopher in mediating the divide between the self and the world. He was co-author in 2007, with Joanne Stryker, Dean of RISD's Foundation Studies Department, of Drawing: Structure and Vision, an introductory drawing textbook. He was the Chief Critic for RISD's European Honors Program in Rome for spring 2011. He is a graduate of Stanford University and the Yale School of Art in painting. In 2005 he was the recipient of RISD's John R. Frazier Award for Excellence in Teaching.