Ricky Calloway was reared in Opelika, Alabama. The special gift to create artwork was revealed to him as a young child. After encouragement from his mother and art teacher, Ricky decided to pursue a career in art. After graduating from Opelika High School in 1978, Ricky was accepted into the art program at Alabama State University. Painting became his specialty. However, he is equally versatile in other media as well. He received the B.A. degree in art from Alabama State University during the spring quarter of 1984. While attending A.S.U, he received numerous art awards, academic awards, and graduated with honors. Shortly after working three years as a graphic designer and screen-printer, Ricky was accepted into the Master of Fine Arts program at Florida State University in 1987. During the summer semester of 1989, Mr. Calloway was awarded the Master of Fine Arts degree from Florida State University in the concentrated areas of drawing and painting. Two University Fellowships were awarded to him while attending F.S.U. After graduating from F.S.U, He worked as a graphic designer and screen-printer for several t-shirt companies and rented a studio to continue creating fine art in the metropolitan area of Washington, D.C. Between the years of 1994 through 1998, he was employed as an Assistant Professor of Art at Grambling State University. Since the fall semester of 1998, he has been employed as an Assistant Professor of Art at Fort Valley State University. He is now an Associate Professor of Art. Currently, he continues to sell and exhibit his artwork locally and nationally. Several of his creative achievements are painting the portraits of Fort Valley State University past and present Presidents and created a large mural for The National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture at Alabama State University. Furthermore, he gives workshops locally and nationally in the concentrated areas of serigraphy and painting.
Several of the galleries and museums where Ricky has exhibited are: African American Museum of Nassau County, Nassau Community College, Garden City, NY; University Galleries, North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, NC; Elizabeth City State University, Elizabeth City, NC; Embrace, the fine art fair of the national black arts festival, Atlanta, GA; APEX Museum, Atlanta, GA; African American Heritage and Civil Rights Center, Montgomery, AL; Southern University, New Orleans, LA; Hayti Heritage Center, Durham, North Carolina; Americus Arts Council, Americus, GA; Douglass Theatre, Macon, GA; Talladega College, Talladega, AL National Conference of Artists, Detroit Chapter Gallery, Detroit, MI; Annette Howell Turner Center for The Arts, Valdosta, GA; Dillard University, New Orleans, LA; Middle Georgia Art Association, Macon, GA; America University, Wash., D.C.; The Florida Nation, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL; Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley GA; Grambling State University, Grambling, LA; Alabama State University, Montgomery, AL; Gallery 500, Wash., D.C.; Sumner School Museum, Wash., D.C.; Friendship Gallery, Chevy Chase, MD; Shouple Gallery, Wilmington, Delaware; Howard University; Wash., D.C.; Monroe Civic Center Theater Gallery, Monroe, LA and Piney Hills Gallery, Ruston, LA.