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Rita Blitt: Around and Round

Edited by Connie Gibbons

Rita Blitt: Around and Round is a full-color, beautifully produced collection of works by internationally renowned artist Rita Blitt.

The works gathered in these pages are selections from Rita Blitt's output from 1958 to the present and represent the many forms she works in – painting, drawing, sculpture, video, and interdisciplinary collaboration. This collection of her work and contextual essays by scholars is being published to commemorate the establishment of the Rita Blitt Legacy Collection at Washburn University. 

Blitt’s words “Kindness is contagious. Catch it!” have inspired thousands of people all over the world. Her works are included in many museums and private collections. Her monumental sculpture can be found in Australia, Israel, Japan, Singapore, and the United States. This book is produced in collaboration with the Mulvane Art Museum at Washburn University.


Rita Blitt: Around and Round is a richly satisfying book, not least because it spans seven decades in the career of this artist, from the 1950s up until the present, including paintings from 2019. At nearly 90 years of age, Blitt has revealed herself to be a prolific, dynamic and varied artist, comfortable working with different media and on vastly different scales. What unites her body of work is first and foremost that she is essentially an affirmative artist. Her work is joyous, celebratory, and even “a search for the sublime.”  

– Sam Ben-Meir, a regular contributor to Blitz is a professor of philosophy and world religions at Mercy College in New York City.