Graphic Design Teacher Named Alumnus of the Year
Richmond Garrick (center) is the Middlesex County College Alumnus of the Year. He is flanked by William Egbert, president of the College’s Alumni Association, and Joann La Perla-Morales, president of the College.
Richmond Garrick, a graphic design teacher at the Williamstown High School in Monroe Township, has been named Alumnus of the Year at Middlesex County College. The award was presented by Joann La Perla-Morales, president of the College, and William Egbert, president of the Alumni Association.
Mr. Garrick, a member of the class of 1995, teaches his students the importance of visual arts and its effect on society. He has won several awards, including the Lajos Markos Art Foundation Scholarship for representational art, the Dean John I. Bettenbender Memorial Performance Award, which honors artists for outstanding graduate artistic achievement, and the Montclair State University School of the Arts Advisory Board Talent Award. Mr. Garrick has presented numerous art exhibits in the New York-New Jersey area and in the United Kingdom and has appeared in various publications including the Star Ledger, the Philadelphia Tribune, and the alumni magazines of Middlesex County College and Rutgers University.
Mr. Garrick has contributed to the Middlesex Alumni Art Exhibit on various occasions and has been a member of the adjunct faculty in the Department of Visual, Performing and Media Arts. He graduated with high honors from Middlesex and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Montclair State University and a Master of Fine Arts from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.
Mr. Garrick’s artwork is inspirational. He lectures to various student and other groups, explaining the conditions in his homeland of Sierra Leone and the civil unrest that took place and how painting was a means to represent his dismay on canvas. He says he hopes to continue to use his art to bring awareness of his homeland to a wider audience. He also volunteers at the United Methodist Church in New Brunswick as a singer and produces various music programs.