Robert Riseling Retrospective 1974-2011, A Founders’ Day Exhibition

Green Mountains/Vermont, 2011

Robert Riseling Retrospective 1974-2011, A Founders’ Day Exhibition

January 10–January 29, 2012
Rust Hall

Memphis College of Art honors Professor Emeritus Robert Riseling in Robert Riseling Retrospective 1974-2011, A Founders’ Day Exhibition January 10 through January 29 in the Main Gallery, Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Avenue in Overton Park. A reception is Friday, January 20 from 5 to 7 pm in the Main Gallery.

The retrospective features 46 paintings representing Riseling’s illustrious career, while an additional 7 works are on view in a concurrent exhibition at the Memphis College of Art Gallery at Playhouse on the Square, 66 South Cooper, January 14 through March 4.

Robert Riseling Retrospective 1974-2011, A Founders’ Day Exhibition, is the ninth in the series of Founders’ Day exhibitions which since 1992 have celebrated the founding of the College and honored the artists who have made the most profound impact on the life and history of the College. The impressive list of previously honored artists includes Ted Rust, Ted Faiers, Dolph Smith, Burton Callicott, Veda Reed, Dorothy Sturm, Henry Easterwood–and now Robert Riseling.

Riseling joined the faculty of Memphis College of Art in 1974.  He taught and directed introductory studio courses and introduced hundreds of young artists to the joy and discipline of the visual arts. He founded the the College’s annual Horn Island excursion, and led the legendary summer adventure to the Gulf of Mexico for more than twenty years.  He guided the annual Spring Break trips, exposing students, faculty and friends to destinations that were unique, foreign, and sometimes exotic.

As a professional artist, Riseling has been prolific, showing regularly with works in public and private collections across the nation.  Throughout his career, he has traveled extensively as a visiting artist and lecturer. Although Riseling officially retired from MCA in the Spring of 2011, he continues teaching painting and foundation courses, and making travel plans. In recognition of his contributions and long-standing commitment to the College and its students, Riseling was honored with the distinction of Professor Emeritus upon his retirement.

Click here to view the Robert Riseling Retrospective 1974-2011, A Founders’ Day Exhibitioncatalog.

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