Rick Vian has been painting and teaching in the Detroit Metro area since the early 1970”s. He received his B.F.A. at the College for Creative Studies and his M.F.A at Wayne State Univeristy. He has taught painting at Wayne County Community College, Wayne State University, and was an Associate Professor at the College for Creative Studies until he retired in 2018. He was active in the early days of the Cass Corridor, exhibited at the Willis Gallery in 1974 and has continued to exhibit in numerous venues locally, nationally, and internationally.