BiographyRobert Lowell Riseling was born in Sioux City, Iowa, on June 5, 1941. He earned his BA degree in 1963 and his MA in 1966, both from the University of Northern Iowa. He received his MFA degree in 1972 from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
From 1963-65 Riseling was an Instructor of Art in Monticello, Iowa. He served as the Director of the Rochester Art Center in Rochester, Minnesota, for one year in 1967. He then taught at St. Cloud State University in the Department of Art from 1967-1971, returning to teach there from 1972-1974. He joined the faculty at the Memphis Academy of Arts (now Memphis College of Art) in 1974 and remained there for the rest of his professional teaching career, achieving the rank of professor in 1990. He has also served as a visiting artist at several other universities and colleges. Riseling’s art is represented in numerous public collections. He has exhibited in many one-man shows, selected group exhibitions, and group shows.
Riseling submitted his art works for several exhibits which were part of Fine Arts Festivals. He exhibited two watercolors in the Watercolor, Print, Drawing Exhibition which was held from December 9 through 19, 1964. At the Paintings, Oil/Polymer, Ceramics exhibit of the April 21 through May 2, 1965, Fine Arts Festival, he received a purchase award for his painting, “Monticello.”
Riseling’s painting, “Three Cheers for Monticello, Ya, Ya, Ya, So Say the Kids,” was exhibited at the Print, Watercolor, Drawing show held December 5 through 15, 1965. He later commented that this painting was executed while he was teaching in Monticello, Iowa. He noted that the Beatles were the “rage” and that he did this piece in his classroom. He said that it “started as a simple drawing of Main Street” done while listening to “the kids (students) talking about school, etc.”
He exhibited again in 1966, showing two paintings in the Oil/Polymer exhibit scheduled April 17 through April 30, 1966. In the Print, Watercolor, Drawing exhibit held as part of the Fine Arts Festival December 8 through 18, 1968, his drawing “Study for Herd,” was purchased for the Fine Arts Collection.
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