I received my BFA and MFA from MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art)
I was a graduate assistant to Raoul Middleman, teaching painting and an undergraduate assistant to Neal Lieberman, creating a large outdoor sculpture for the city of Philadelphia. Shortly after graduating I became a member of the “Beautiful Walls for Baltimore” project (a NEA program).  I completed two murals (Large painted steel pieces) and assisted on three others. These were large outdoor, entire sides of buildings, projects. The two I completed were for the interior lobbies of the University of Maryland Medical School and the York Road planning commission.
After freelancing for a few years (doing commercial murals), I joined the art dept. of IBM and as a senior Illustrator worked on both computer graphic and fine art projects.
I left IBM in 1997 to pursue teaching at the College level. I have taught Drawing, Fundamentals, Art Appreciation, Fine and Performing Arts, 2-D Design and consistently for more than 10 years, 3-D Design. I received an “Outstanding Teaching Award” in 2002 from Carroll Community College in Maryland.
In conjunction with teaching I have maintained a shop and studio called “IronSmith Design”. Creating hand forged and fabricated artistic ironwork. I and my business partner Michael Kaiser have worked on commercial projects in and around the Baltimore and Metro D.C. area, including; Matisse, Nora’s, Picasso, and Spargo’s Restaurants. (Please see Matisse (D.C.) web site as an example of some of the metal work)
I have been involved in many Blacksmithing demonstrations and events and numerous Fine Art Exhibitions, including both group and one man shows.
Recently I have returned to creating singular Fine Art pieces in various metals and stainless steel.  In particular creating abstracted human and animal forms.
Certainly, on a more personal note, I cannot forget my two (co-produced) very important works, my sons.  I feel both fortunate and blessed to have them and feel exceptionally lucky to have a life involved in Art.
Howard Riopelle, May 2011