Richard Volpe was born in Pennsylvania in 1926. After serving in the Air Force, he studied art and writing at Ohio Wesleyan University, Denver University, the University of New Mexico and the University of Nevada.
Volpe is a printmaker, painter, playwright and actor. Winning the Samuel French Award for his play, The Swingers, in 1966. Volpe's printmaking work began in the 1960s and has continued to include Lucite etchings. He pioneered this technique of printmaking, winning numerous awards. Many of his subjects have been landscapes and depictions of animals.
Volpe also has exhibited in many one-person shows throughout the United States. His art is in the permanent collections of institutions such as the Smithsonian Art Museum as well as many other universities and colleges.
The print by Volpe in the Fine Arts Collection, "Crest", was added to the collection around 1985. While unsure who this work was donated by, it is thought that it was either donated by parents of a student or purchased by the College. The piece was part of the collection of Marson Graphics, Inc., a vendor who exhibited original art on college and university campuses to give communities the opportunity to purchase original art. The means by which this piece was obtained is not certain because several other art works in the Fine Arts Collection were also acquired through Marson Graphics.