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Painter and photographer Rick Lieder’s art has appeared on award-winning novels ranging from mysteries and science fiction, to books based on the X-Files TV series and Newbery Award-winning books for children. His fine art has been exhibited in galleries in the Midwest and Canada, and include painting, photography, and digital art.

His nature photography centers on ordinary backyard wildlife. These photographs capture the unique qualities of light interacting with the natural world, including luminous photographs of honey bees and small birds in flight, glowing fireflies mating and hovering over twilight fields, mosquitoes with a belly full of blood, and new-born praying mantis nymphs emerging from their egg cases.

His nature picture books are collaborations with award-winning novelist and poet Helen Frost, published by Candlewick Press.

STEP GENTLY OUT, published in 2012, now in its 9th printing. Starred reviews from Kirkus, Booklist and Publisher’s Weekly, along with a museum exhibition at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.

SWEEP UP THE SUN, Spring 2015, features images of birds in flight, showcases beautiful aerial acrobats as they dive, soar and play tag with the wind. Work from Sweep Up the Sun was featured in June 2015 at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, IN, with an exhibition and book signing.

AMONG A THOUSAND FIREFLIES was published March 2016, and WAKE UP! in March 2017. A new book featuring Sandhill cranes is scheduled for 2019.

Clients include:
Natural History Magazine
Orion Magazine
National Geographic Television
Backpacker Magazine
Kids: Discover
Random House
Penguin Publishing
Simon & Shuster
Farrar, Straus & Giroux

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  • Toledo Blade newspaper article features Wild Light Exhibit
    July 2017

  • Wild Light Exhibit at the National Center for Nature Photography
    • 90-plus images of the diverse beauty of Midwest animals and nature.
    June – August 2017

  • Wake Up!: Published March 2017
    • From the starred review in KIRKUS of Wake Up!:

     “Lieder again demonstrates that he is not only a master of catching light where it falls, but capturing intimate moments only the most patient of observers would notice.”

  • Among a Thousand Fireflies
    Book Launch▸ Saturday, March 12, 2016 • 2-5 pm at The Book Beat

  • A tribute to summer itself: AMONG A THOUSAND FIREFLIES.
    Kirkus takes a Sneak Peek at 2016 Picture Books.

  • SWEEP UP THE SUN is a 2015 Nerdy Book Club Award winner for Best Poetry and Novels in Verse.
    Announced December 30, 2015.

  • Our first review, a starred review from KIRKUS for AMONG A THOUSAND FIREFLIES!
    “In Frost and Lieder’s third exploration of tiny creatures taken for granted in the natural world, they top themselves, lyrically centering on a firefly’s search for a mate.
    Again, Frost’s spare poem weds seamlessly with Lieder’s transfixing photography…”

  • A really fine, thoughtful review of SWEEP UP THE SUN in the New York Times Sunday Book Review.

  • My firefly filmmaking will be featured in a PBS NOVA special, “Creatures of Light”, produced by National Geographic Television.
    • Spring 2016
  • Fort Wayne Museum of Art: Exhibit & book signing
    • June 2015
  • Sweep Up the Sun, my new picture book with Helen Frost featuring the beauty of birds in flight, is published.
    The official launch included a book signing and exhibition at Book Beat.
    Here’s the website with all the news, reviews and information for the book:
    • March 2015
  • Featured speaker for Orion Township Public Library Battle of the Books awards ceremony.
    • March 18, 2014
  • Photography workshop: Canton Acts of Culture week.
    • April 29, 2014
  • I’m featured in a testimonial for Tamron Macro lenses in the March 2014 issues of Outdoor Photographer & Digital Photo magazines with a colorful praying mantis image.
  • Scientific American interview
    Alex Wild features an interview with me on Scientific American’s Compound Eye blog. I talk about my science background and my technique.
    • July 2013
  • Tamron USA Enewsletter interview
    I talk about my photographic technique & equipment.
    • March/April 2013
  • Scientific American: I’m featured in SciAm Cinema, a new monthly video series. • January 2013
  • ORION Magazine Back cover.
    • March/April 2012
  • Bee swarm image for KIDS: DISCOVER magazine.
    • June 2012