Artist and Entrepreneur
Eric Ringsby’s diverse background brings a unique perspective and personal passion towards our planet’s preservation. Eric credits his early Aspen experiences of independent studies with Stuart Mace at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, working as an intern at John Denver’s Windstar Institute and in the library of the Rocky Mountain Institute, as pivotal in making him a dedicated environmentalist. He spent two summers doing field research in the Canadian Arctic for the University of Colorado, where he earned a BA in biology and BFA in sculpture. Eric continued with art and earned an MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago, His work has been exhibited around the world including New York City, Austin, Berlin, Russia, Chicago, Denver, Mexico City, Aspen, and Burning Man. His career as an artist has included teaching at the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Wyoming. He also co-owned Cornell DeWitt Gallery in NYC 1999-2003. Eric’s business pursuits have primarily focused on commercial and industrial real estate investing with his family's 3rd generation Colorado business, RTI. On his own, Eric has been buying and restoring historic buildings for decades. He also owns and operates Rafter Six Woodworks, a sustainable timber and custom furniture company based in Wyoming since 2013. Eric served on the board of the American Renewable Energy Institute for seven years and for three years as the Director of the film program for the AREDAY Summit in Aspen. Eric was educated in the US, England, Canada, Paraguay, Chile & Austria in English, Spanish & German.