Douglas Ritter has been a year-round resident of the Outer Cape since 1997. He first came to Cape Cod in 1987 with a fellowship in painting from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. He has taught painting, design, drawing and color theory within the BFA Programs of the Corcoran School of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, and the Savannah College of Art and Design, and at the Museum School of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, and is currently teaching at Cape Cod Community College.
He holds degrees in painting from the University of Maryland (MFA 1987) where he studied with Ann Truitt and Nicholas Krushnick, and the Philadelphia College of Art (BFA 1983), as well as studies at Temple University in Rome, Italy. Awards and grants include a 1998 Maryland State Arts Council grant in 2-dimensional media, 1990 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Painting, 1989–90 SECCA/R.J. Reynolds Fellowship from the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, and a 1987–88 residency/fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and has been active on FAWC's Visual Program Committee since 1997.
He also is a member of the board of Zanmite – a relief organization that supports Haitian artists through an economic and artistic development program in Matenwa, Haiti: www.artmatenwa.org.
Solo Exhibitions include School 33 Art Center, Baltimore, Maryland, Hudson D. Walker Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts, Elon College, Burlington, North Carolina, Julie Heller Gallery in Provincetown, MA. His work is in the permanent Collection of the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts, the Cahoon Museum of American Art in Cotuit, Massachusetts, and numerous private collections.