Each year, the Wausau Festival of Arts selects an emerging artist to display and sell his or her work at the Festival. It is an opportunity for an artist who is new to the outdoor art festival scene to experience his or her first outdoor festival, and meet fellow artists and possible mentors. This year, we are pleased to introduce Brandy Ritchie as our featured emerging artist. Be sure to stop by the emerging artist booth on the 400 Block while you are downtown enjoying the Festival. Brandy is grateful for this opportunity and looking forward to sharing her work with you.
After graduating high school in 1998, Brandy Ritchie traveled to 35 different states working for a glamour photography company where she did hairstyles and makeup application for photo shoots. In 2002, she graduated from the State College of Beauty Culture in Wausau, WI. While working as a cosmetologist, she attended college at the University of Wisconsin Marathon County and later transferred to UW-Stevens Point to complete a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. To accommodate her schedule changing every semester, she decided to open her hair salon in 2007.
Brandy is a conceptual artist who combines glass and photography to create sculptures. She uses many processes of deconstruction and reconstruction in the process. Brandy is in the process of opening an art studio called Oracle art studios where she will be working on commissioned work, as well as designing and creating public installations.