John Rise

John Rise

John Rise

  • B.F.A., drawing, Arizona State University, 1976
  • M.A., painting and drawing, University of New Mexico, 1977
  • M.F.A., painting and drawing, University of New Mexico, 2003
First year at SCAD:

"I believe that creative and communicative skills and disciplines are best served and made stronger when they are continually tested by exposure to new possibilities and practices of thinking and doing. I believe that my understanding of the principals and execution of ideas in separate disciplines is better, because it makes them at once more interconnected and flexible. Such is what making art, and teaching others about that process, gives to me."


"When I recognize that a student is unsure and/or lacks self confidence in his/her abilities, through the course of the class I can build their confidence and esteem.

"The success my students enjoy with their work, in national and student competitions, here at SCAD.

"The inception and profitable results of the Art Materials Trade Show, from which the profits fund our Foundations School Scholarship program."


Subscriber to CAA, SECAC; member, ASTM Committee

Publications and presentations

"Industry and Academia: The Disconnect Between the Art Materials Industry and Academia," presented as keynote at 2010 NAMTA (National Art Materials Trade Association) annual business meeting, Indianapolis, Indiana, April 2010 Same topic, delivered at 2011 CAA Conference, New York, February 2011

Previous Positions

Started Best Artists Products, a company to design, manufacture and distribute Canvas Stretcher Bar systems, wood screenprint frames for commercial printing and hardwood artist easels; designed and marketed hybrid aluminum and wood canvas stretcher bar system; sold the company to the Jack Richeson Co. in 1995; taught drawing and painting classes at University of New Mexico, first as a graduate assistant and later as an adjunct instructor

On the Web

Courses Taught

  • DRAW 100 Drawing I: Form and Space
  • DRAW 101 Drawing II: Composition and Media
  • DRAW 102 Drawing III: Content and Interpretation