Josef Ritter

  • Professor, Interior Design
  • Founder of the Interior Design Program (1980)
  • ID 365 Introduction to Lighting
  • ID 465 Lighting II
  • ID 460 Professional Portfolio
  • ID 372 Digital Modeling
  • ID 425 Retail and Exhibition Design
Josef Ritter, Cazenovia College Professor, Interior Design
Art & Design
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Reisman Hall
After several years in practice as an Interior Designer and Lighting Designer, Professor Ritter became a full-time educator. He established the Interior Design Program at Cazenovia College in 1980. Since then he has continued to practice as a Design and Lighting consultant. His diverse lighting projects include: theatrical production, historic preservation, architectural, interior and landscape applications. He has also created and taught CEU accredited courses in Lighting and Computer-aided Modeling for the Illumination Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) and The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). He has been an Educational Member of ASID since 1980 and a Professional member of IESNA since 1993.  He is a member of the 1824 Society at Cazenovia College.
  • B.A. University of Albany
  • MFA Syracuse University
  • Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award (2000)
  • IESNA Educators Scholarship Award (1993)
  • New York State Theater Institute Affiliation (awarded June 1997)
  • Haworth Inc. $35,000 Grant for facilities equipment and furniture (1987)
  • National Shakespeare Competition Regional Judge (2001)
  • New York State Education Department (Interior Design Program Site Assessor)
  • CEU Accredited Presentation 3D Computer Modeling (IES, AIA and ASID) 2002
  • CEU Accredited Presentation on Lighting for Designers (IES, AIA and ASID) 2002
  • “Lighting Historic Theater Venues”, Illuminating Engineering Society Presentation, April 2002
  • Upstate New Yorker Magazine, “Decorating your Kitchen with Light” April ‘96
  • New York State Facilities Journal (several articles on lighting related topics 1994-97)
  • “New Directions in Lighting Energy Management” Facilities Journal Presentation, Binghamton NY May ’95
  • “The Diana”, Greenleaf Victorian Wood Dollhouses Inc. Commission Design of Victorian Dollhouse – for worldwide distribution. ’96-‘97
  • Cazenovia College Faculty Exhibition ’02, ’03 (Watercolors)
  • The Goodsight Gallery – Cazenovia, NY ’02 (Watercolors)
  • Lighting Design for several Equity Productions 1999 including: And the World Goes Round, I Do, I Do, Broadway At 11 O’clock, Starting Here, Starting Now, Personals, The Real Inspector Hound
  • Director/Designer: Little Shop of Horrors, 2000
  • Founded SummerStage at Cazenovia College 1998
  • Honors, Exhibitions and Productions (2001 – current)
  • Date: Facility: Exhibition/Presentation Submission/Responsibility
  • 2001 College theater SummerStage 2001 Director/Producer
  • College theater Design and installation of Catwalk/Lighting
  • Goodsight Gallery Watercolor Painting “The Forest”
  • 2002 College Theater SummerStage 2003 Director/Producer
  • 2003 New Construction Committee for Art and Design Center Committee Member
  • 2004 College
  • 2007 Summer College Presentation on Shakespeare
  • 2008 Sumer College Presentation on the Italian Renaissance
  • 2009 Presentation to the Upstate New York Chapter ASID “Color and Human Behavior”
  • Certification in AGI Lighting Software Orlando Florida
  • Secured acquition of AGI Lighting Software donation to the college from Lighting Analysis Inc.
  • Faculty exhibition Riesman Gallery various Watercolor paintings
  • 2010 Lightfair International presentation Javits Center NYC on “Color and Human Response”
  • 2011 Sabbatical presentation the Riesman Gallery on Painting from Paris.
  • 2011 Dewitt Arts Fair water color exhibition
  • 2012 Summer College Presentation on the “10 Million Dollar Lightbulb”
  • 2013 Cazenovia College Faculty Art Exhibition
  • Interior/Architectural Design Consultant Since 1980 (numerous corporate and private projects including: Veterinary Hospitals, private businesses, professional theater projects, educational facilities and residential design projects
  • Professional Designer for Goodsight-Herman Productions (an Actor’s Equity Company)
  • Founder and Artistic Director of SummerStage at Cazenovia College
  • New York State Regional Arts in Education Consultant
  • Greenleaf Wood Products Inc., freelance design of Victorian Dollhouses