I paint from a desire for beauty and 'otherness'; of transcendent movements that still occur in dreams, memory and magic moments in nature. I want to capture the sense of routine and ritual, the sublime with the mundane and how they can mix in equal parts.
born: 1962, Stuttgart, Germany
University of New Mexico, MFA, 1993
University of New Mexico, MA with Distinction, 1991
University of Arizona, BFA 1984
Winner: Painting Award, Persona Arts Festival, International Juried Exhibition, The Rag Factory, London, England, 2011. Full color catalog.
Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship, Visual Arts Fellowship Award 2008-2009
Baer Award in Painting, Wyoming Arts Council. Mark Masuoka, Director, Museum of Contemporary Arts, Denver, Juror. 2001
Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship, Visual Arts Fellowship Award. 1999 – 2000
"INPA International Painting Annual 3", International Exhibition in Print: Juried Exhibition, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2013.
"INPA International Painting Annual", International Exhibition in Print: Juried Exhibition, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2011.
"New American Paintings", Western Edition No. 60, Juried Publication, Fereshteh Daftari, Juror, Assistant Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture, Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, 2005
selected solo or two-person exhibits
Into the Woods: Paintings by Ricki Klages, The View Gallery, Open Spaces Epping Forest, Queen Elizabeth Hunting Lodge; Chingford, City of London, England, 2015
Restless Traveler, Juried Solo exhibition, John Day Gallery, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota, 2012
A Restless Traveler, Colorida Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal, 2011
Un Viaggiatore Agitato: A Restless Traveler, Sandy Carson Gallery, Denver, Colorado, 2007
selected group shows
Best of Wyoming, Invitational State Exhibition, Jackson Center for the Arts, Jackson, Wyoming, Featured Artist on Poster/Newspaper, 2014
Self: An International Juried Exhibition of Women's Self-Portraiture, Martha Gault Gallery, Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, 2014
Fantastiske Figurationer, Invitational exhibition, Galerie Knud Grothe, 2920 Charlottenlund, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2012
Sense of Place, Invitational State Exhibition, Nicolaysen Museum of Art, 2012