About Rick DeMont

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.

Sierra Elevations 30" x 22"

Rick Demont Exhibitions
Solo Exhibitions

2008

Eric Firestone Gallery, Tucson, Arizona

2002

Mo’s Gallery, Tucson, Arizona

1996

Mo’s Gallery, Tucson, Arizona

1992

William Sawyer Gallery, San Francisco, California

1990

William Sawyer Gallery, San Francisco, California

1988

William Sawyer Gallery, San Francisco, California

1986

Hansen-Strong Gallery, Palo Alto, California

William Sawyer Gallery, San Francisco, California

1985

Rancho Linda Vista Gallery, Oracle, Arizona

1984

Whitworth College, Spokane, Washington

1982

The Painter’s Place, Larkspur, California

1981

Marin County Civic Center, San Rafael, California

1980

Rancho Linda Vista Gallery, Oracle Arizona

Selected Group Exhibitions

2013

Small Works Show, Atlas Fine Art, Tucson Arizona

2012

Small Works Show, Atlas Fine Art, Tucson Arizona

2010

Year long showing, Hacienda Del Sol Resort, Tucson Arizona

2008

Friends of Denniston, Eric Firestone Gallery, Tucson, Arizona

2006

Small Works Invitational, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, Arizona

Fiesta Sonora, Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum, Tucson, Arizona

30th Anniversary Show, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, Arizona

2005

Small Works Invitational, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, Arizona

Fiesta Sonora, Arizona Sonora Desert Museum’s Ironwood Gallery, Tucson, Arizona

2003

Outside Two, Casa Grande Museum, Casa Grande, Arizona

Outside Two, Eller Business College, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona

Arizona Aqueous XVIII, Tubac Center of the Arts, Tubac, Arizona

2002

Small Works Show, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, Arizona

Celebrate! ART, Mo’s Gallery, Tucson, Arizona

2001

Small Works Show, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, Arizona

Fine Art for a Fine Cause, Mo’s Gallery, Tucson, Arizona

2000

Friends of Bruce McGrew, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, Arizona

1998

Watercolors, Rancho Linda Vista Gallery, Oracle, Arizona

Beastmas, Café Quebec, Tucson, Arizona

1997

Small Works Show, Atlas Fine Art, Tucson Arizona

1994

Downtown Artist Series, Puzey Gallery, Tucson, Arizona

Friends of the Gallery: Summer Show, Davis Gallery, Tucson, Arizona

1993

Memorial Dedication, William Sawyer Gallery, San Francisco, California

Still Life and Landscape Paintings, William Sawyer Gallery, San Francisco, California

Puzey, Rosequist Group Showing, Rosequist Gallery, Tucson, Arizona

Landscapes, William Sawyer Gallery, San Francisco, California

1992

Gallery Artists Winter Exhibition, William Sawyer Gallery, San Francisco, California

1990

Images of the Land, William Sawyer Gallery, San Francisco, California

Inaugural Exhibition, International Swimming Hall of Fame, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

1998

Works on Paper, William Sawyer Gallery, San Francisco, California

Arizona Artists, Etherton-Stern Gallery, Tucson, Arizona

10 Artists from the William Sawyer Gallery, Shasta College Gallery, Redding, California

Images of the Land, William Sawyer Gallery, San Francisco, California

1985

The Art Center, Scarsdale, New York

Hansen-Strong Gallery, Palo Alto, California

Tucson Festival ’85, Tucson Art Institute, Tucson, Arizona

1986

Works on Paper, William Sawyer Gallery, San Francisco, California

1984

Marin County Fair Art Exhibition, (Best of Show), San Rafael, California

National Paperworks, Las Vegas Art Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada

1983

Marin County Fair Art Exhibition, (Merit Award), San Rafael, California

1979

Gekas-Nicholas Gallery, Tucson, Arizona

1980

Arizona Biennial, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona

Exteriors, Marin Society of Artists, Kentfield, California

Oracle Artists, Tubac Art Center, Tubac, Arizona

Corporate Collections

Beaver Creek Lodge, Vail, Colorado
Sierra Tucson, Tucson, Arizona
DeConcini Building, Tucson, Arizona
University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
Estes Home, Tucson, Arizona
Linsco/Private Ledger Financial Services, Tucson, Arizona
Bourne Partners, Tucson, Arizona
Tumbling River Ranch, Grant, Colorado
Coldwell Banker Richard Ellis, Tucson, Arizona

Private Collectors

Richard and Sally Brent, Longmont, Colorado
Christopher and Jeanne Brophy, Las Vegas, Nevada
Frank and Patricia Bucsh, Tucson, Arizona
Robert Davis, Tucson, Arizona
Brian and Toni Dunn, Tucson, Arizona
William Estes, Tucson, Arizona
Price Fishback, Tucson, Arizona
Gord and Caryn Fraser, Tucson, Arizona
David Francis, M.D, San Diego, California
Jorgen and Cynthia Hansen, Tucson, Arizona
Eric Hansen, Madison, Wisconsin
Nicholas Hansen, Loveland, Colorado
William Jewell, Tucson, Arizona
Rachel Joseph, Portland, Oregon

Roger and Susan Lawson, Tucson, Arizona
Todd Andrew Mohling, Tucson, Arizona
Michael Mandig, esq, Tucson, Arizona
John and Irene Kolbisen, Half Moon Bay, California
Thomas Patterson, Tucson, Arizona
Carl and Karen Pepper, Tucson, Arizona
Jimmy and Traci Ricetello, Tucson, Arizona
Jesse Rodriguez, Tucson, Arizona
David and Amanda Rubio, Tucson, Arizona
Ugur and Liesl Tanner, Half Moon Bay, California
Timothy Tucker, Reno, Nevada
David Vanker, M.D., Birmingham, Michigan
William Ware, DDS, San Rafael, California
William Carl Westcott, Tucson, Arizona