Rick DeMont’s paintings have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the United States, including: Eric Firestone Gallery in Tucson; Mo’s Gallery in Tucson; William Sawyer Gallery in San Francisco; Davis Dominguez Gallery in Tucson; The Hansen-Strong Gallery in Palo Alto, California; The Rancho Linda Vista Gallery in Oracle, Arizona; The Painter’s Place in Larkspur, California; Addi Galleries in Reno and Maui; the Las Vegas Museum of Art; and the Tucson Museum of Art. In addition, his works are in public, private and corporate collections, including: The University of Arizona; Beaver Creek Lodge in Vail, Colorado; Tumbling River Ranch in Grant, Colorado; Bourne Partners, in Tucson and the DeConcini Building in Tucson, Arizona. Mr. DeMont is an honorary member of the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild.
Rick DeMont was born in San Francisco in 1956. He was exposed to the art world at an early age by his painter/photographer Grandmother. Mr. DeMont, a former Olympic and World Champion swimmer, attended the University of Arizona on a swimming scholarship where he received a B.F.A in 1979. He has been living in the Sonoran Desert ever since.
Aside from his artistic endeavors, Rick DeMont was also A former standout swimmer at the University of Arizona. DeMont is currently the head coach at the University of Arizona and was named an assistant coach to the South African men’s swim team at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, and the 2008 Games in Beijing, China. DeMont is also a U.S. national team coach and has been selected to represent the United States on multiple international competitions including Pan Pacs, World University Games, and most recently the World Championships. DeMont, a four-year collegiate All-American, is also a former world record holder in the 1500m freestyle (1972), the 400m freestyle (1973) and the 4×100 freestyle relay (1977). He collected numerous titles during his swim career, including National, Pan-American, World and Olympic champion. Following his senior year in high school, he was named World Swimmer of the Year. DeMont also pioneered negative split swimming (swimming a faster second half of a race than the first). In 1973, DeMont commandeered a world record in the 400m free and, in the process, became the first man in history to swim that race in less than four minutes with a time of 3:58.18.
In the late 1980s, DeMont was inducted into the World Swimming Hall of Fame. During his tenure with the UA program, he has coached an amazing 22 U.S. Swimming and NCAA individual national champions, as well as numerous national champion relay squads. In September of 1999, DeMont was inducted into the University of Arizona Athletic Hall of Fame and in April 2008 he was inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame.
DeMont has three daughters: Angela, Tierra and Jordan (one being a UA alum), and two granddaughters, Nola and Aili. He and his wife, Carrie, reside in Tucson.