News Bites: MFA Painting Student’s Latent Drawing Talents Highlighted in Juried Exhibition
During a recent studio elective course, MFA Painting student Joshua Risner discovered something interesting when he put down his paintbrush and picked up some charcoal sticks and pencils. In addition to what Drawing Program chair Deb Rockman has dubbed “mad skills,” the experience revealed a passion for drawing in Risner that he’s eager to continue exploring.
Already, Risner’s foray into a new medium is paying dividends; not long after submitting a series of drawings to the highly-regarded Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, OH, Risner was informed that his striking charcoal composition, “Wanderer,” had been accepted into the gallery’s Tales Told (Story in Art) exhibition.
"Wanderer," by Joshua Risner (charcoal on paper)
In highlighting visual art with an exceptional narrative quality, the exhibition seeks to reaffirm the validity of visual art as an act of storytelling, a fact that is often lost in the technological hum of the 21st century landscape.
Of the 249 artists who submitted to the exhibition, only 17 were selected, representing 12 states and one country (Turkey). Those numbers are indicative of both the powerful story that lies in the details of “Wanderer,” and the dedication of Risner, who strives to speak volumes with his art regardless of the tools he uses in the process.