|Artist||Loftis, Richard E. (American, 1938-2010)|
|Title||Burnt Wood & Poplar Leaf|
|Date||1981 (printed 1985)|
|Technique||Gelatin silver print|
|Credit line||Gift of Drs. Antonio & Luz Racela|
Recognized as one of the most distinguished photographers in the Midwest, Loftis also worked many years as a technical illustrator and design engineer for Westinghouse and Western Electric. His engineering expertise resulted in the creation of the innovative design and manufacture of special photography equipment.
One of the founding board members of the Society of Contemporary Photography in Kansas City, Missouri, Loftis also taught in the photography departments at Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri; Longview Community College, Lees Summit, Missouri; and Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kansas.
In 2002, The Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art in St. Joseph, Missouri exhibited over 300 photographs by Loftis in a fifty -year major retrospective of his work. His photographs can be found in such prominent collections as The Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; and the Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City, Missouri.