Joshua Adam Risner grew up in rural central Ohio.  Following high school he pursued a career in commercial art holding jobs such as sign painter, graphic designer, creative director and business owner.  At the age of thirty he left the commercial art industry to attend Ashland University where he earned a BFA in painting with an art history minor.  After finishing his undergraduate degree Risner moved to Michigan to pursue a graduate degree.   He earned his MFA from Kendall College of Art and Design where he received a full tuition fellowship.  He has won numerous awards for his oil paintings and drawings.  He considers his artwork to be a material representation of the process within himself that seeks to understand his reality.  Risner’s work might best be described as allegorical images that appear to be from the past, but speak a language that could only come from the present.  He considers them amalgamations of the entirety of human history, not just a fragment of his contemporary situation dislocated from history.  They are objects culminating from the past and filtered through the present.  His current research interests include topics related to allegory and narrative. 

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Education
2012 - 2014             Kendall College of Art & Design, Grand Rapids, Michigan
                                 Master of Fine Arts    Major: Painting    GPA: 4.0

2008 - 2012           Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio
                                Bachelor of Fine Arts, Cum Laude    
                                Major: Studio Painting/Printmaking    Minor: Art History    GPA: 3.975

Professional Experience

2016 - present    Michigan State Capital Artist in Residence, Lansing, MI

2016 - present    Michigan State Capital Artist/Master Decorative Painter, Lansing, MI

2015 - 2016    Adjunct Professor, Hope College, Holland, MI
                            Course titles: Painting I, Painting II

2015 - 2016        Adjunct Professor, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI
                            Course titles: Introduction to Oil Painting.

2014 - 2016        Continuing Studies Instructor, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI
                            Teach a variety of classes including painting, drawing, and printmaking. 

2005 – present      Owner/Creative Director, Shuative Design, Ashland, Ohio
Developed creative programs and design concepts to meet business objectives for a variety of organizations. Duties included developing brand strategies, print design, copywriting, web design, programming  and product photography. 

2001 - 2005        Creative Director, Lamar Advertising, Ashland, Ohio
Developed design concepts for advertising campaigns. Responsibilities involved various creative skills like branding, print design, copy-writing and photography.    

1996 – 2001        Sign Painter/Graphic Designer, Kilbane Advertising, Ashland, Ohio
Developed designs and layouts for sign and billboard advertising and executed them to completion.  Led transition of the company’s creative department from sign painting to graphic design and digital productiion.


Classroom Experience
Introduction to Oil Painting, Adjunct Professor for  Kendall College of Art & Design
Painting with Oils, Continuing Studies Instructor for Kendall College of Art & Design
Alla Prima Workshop, Continuing Studies Instructor for Kendall College of Art & Design
Relief Printmaking, Continuing Studies Instructor for Kendall College of Art & Design
Drawing Preperation Demonstration, Kendall College of Art & Design

Exhibitions & Awards
2015         Rediscovering Allegory, Solo-exhibition, Mansfield Art Center, Mansfield, OH
                 Understanding Implied Narrative, Publication, Representational Art Conference, Ventura, CA, 
                 Amalgamation, Two person show, Devos Skywalk Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI
                 Muskegon Museum of Art 87th Regional Exhibition, Muskegon, MI
                 Purchase Award, UICA Festival 2015 Regional Arts Exhibition, Grand Rapids, MI
                 People's Choice Award, UICA Festival 2015 Regional Arts Exhibition, Grand Rapids, MI
                 West Michigan Area Show, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, MI
2014         Best of Show, Muskegon Museum of Art 86th Regional Exhibition, Muskegon, MI
                Juror’s Award, UICA Festival 2014 Regional Arts Exhibition, Grand Rapids, MI
                Manifest 9th International Drawing Annual,
                      International Juried Exhibition-in-Print (Publication), Cincinnati, OH
                Third Place, West Michigan Area Show, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, MI
                MEGA at UICA, Michigan Emerging Graduate Artist Juried Exhibition, Grand Rapids, MI
                28th Annual West Michigan Regional Art Competition, Juried Exhibition, Lowell, MI
                Art Prize, Monday Morning, Women’s City Club, Grand Rapids, MI
                Tales Told Juried Exhibition, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnatti, OH
                Invitational Exhibition, Saugatuck Center for the Arts, Saugatuck, MI
                Fusion Exhibition, Juried exhibition at the Devos Convention Center, Grand Rapids, MI
                Numbers, Invitational show at the Sandusky Cultural Center, Sandusky, OH
2013        Manifest Gallery, Master Pieces 7, Exhibition & Publication, Cincinnati, OH
                Artistaday.com featured artist, Aug 8th, International Website
                Art Prize, Ethics of Metaphysics, St. Cecilia Music Center, Teaberry Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI
2012        Full Tuition & Fee Fellowship, Kendall College of Art & Design, Grand Rapids, MI
                Invitation Exhibition, Art about Art, Sandusky Cultural Center, Sandusky, OH
                Solo Exhibition & Presentation, Grace Episcopal Church, Mansfield, OH
                Outstanding Senior Exhibition Award, Ashland University, Coburn Gallery, Ashland, OH
                Best of Show Award, Ashland University Juried Exhibition, Coburn Gallery, Ashland, OH
                Printmaking Award, Ashland University Juried Exhibition, Coburn Gallery, Ashland, OH
2011        College of Arts and Sciences Junior of the Year, Ashland University, Ashland, OH
                Ohio All Media Juried Exhibition, Coburn Gallery, Ashland, OH


Presentations
2015        Presentation, Implied Narrative, Representational Art Conference, Ventura, CA
                Guest Lecturer, American Tonalists, Kendall College of Art & Design, Grand Rapids, MI
2014        Presentation, Self-Portrait, Kalamazoo Institute of Art, Kalamazoo, MI
                Gallery talk at UICA for Michigan Emerging Artist exhibition
                Guest speaker at Grand Rapids Art Museum, Topic: George Inness
2013        Gallery talk, Grace Episcipal Church Gallery, Mansfield, Ohio
2012        Presentation, Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Symposium, Ashland, Ohio
2011         Presentation, Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Symposium, Ashland, Ohio