Ricardo Viera is a Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, based artist working with installation; drawing/painting/printmaking; photography; socially engaged art and performance. Viera has worked since 1974 as Director and Chief Curator of the Lehigh University Art Galleries (LUAG) Museum, where he has established a visual laboratory and teaching collection program as well as a nationally recognized collection of Latino and Latin American photography and video. There are now over 13,000 works in the LUAG collection. He is also Professor of Art at the University’s department of Art, Architecture & Design, teaching Museum and Curatorial Studies, Photography as Contemporary Art, Visual Thinking Strategies, and Latino: Visual Art and Culture in the USA.
Viera is a noted lecturer, panelist, portfolio reviewer and consultant for government arts and cultural agencies, nonprofit organizations and private enterprise/visual art projects. He holds a diploma from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; BFA, Tufts University; MFA Rhode Island School of Design, and a Certificate of Museum Management Program, University of Colorado Museum, Boulder.