INSTITUTE CLOSED:  Due to the snowstorm, please note that the New Hampshire Institute of Art, including our Sharon Arts Center campus and gallery, will remain closed January 28th. All classes will be cancelled, and administrative offices closed, until we will reopen at 8am on Thursday, January 29th.

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 -