Nate Risteen

Part Time BFA
MFA - Boston University
BFA - University of Pennsylvania
Certificate - PAFA


Teaching Philosophy
Though my own work often deals with figurative and objective subjects, I believe that the abstract elements essential to great representational art are the same fundamental elements found in all mediums. I have become largely a ceramic sculptor in the last few years, and as such I am familiar with the basic elements of clay construction and firing for any purpose. However, the unifying elements of a welded steel construction or a site-specific installation are very much the same as the elements of a great figurative sculpture: balance, movement, points of focus and rest, texture, and other visual issues found in all art. I believe that the students I’ve worked with have made tremendous progress both as sculptors and as individuals, and I continue to be impressed by their ideas and achievements. My consumption of art as a viewer is omnivorous, and I try to encourage students to carefully consider what a work in any medium or context has to offer. It is through this constant awareness, their tactile endeavors, and a visual and intellectual search that I believe a student comes to see the unifying elements of great art, and to then express their own ideas with confidence and conviction.
Exhibition History

Odd Jobs: Suzanne Schireson and Nate Risteen: Berea College Art Gallery, Berea, KY 2012

Nate Risteen and Suzanne Schireson, New Work: The University of Louisiana at Monroe Art Gallery, Monroe, LA 2012

Five Figurative Artists: Pep Gallery, Vineyard Haven, Martha’s Vineyard, MA 2010

Distinctions & Awards

Constantin Alajalov Scholarship -

The Ward Prize in Sculpture, PAF -

The Haney Foundation Award for Photography -