Rise is a painter and lives in Savannah, Georgia.

Rise earned his BFA (Drawing) from Arizona State University in 1976, an MA (Painting and Drawing) from the University of New Mexico (UNM) in 1977.

In 1979 Rise founded Best Artists Products, a company that designed and manufactured canvas stretcher bars and oak wood studio easels. He sold Best to the Jack Richeson Company in 1995, where the Best product line continues today.

Rise returned to UNM in 2000 and earned an MFA (Painting and Drawing). During that time he taught drawing and painting classes, first as a graduate assistant and then an adjunct. Since 2005 to present, Rise has taught drawing at the Savannah College of Art and Design where he received the 2010-11 Vulcan Materials Company Teaching Excellence Award for outstanding contribution to undergraduate education, student learning and campus life.

Rise’s recent exhibition “Re-visit, Re-vise, Re-work, Re-present” was in South Carolina at the Cecilia Coker Bell Gallery, Coker College.

Spring 2013 Rise featured in an article in Professional Artist Magazine, “Artists As Inventors: How Innovative Individuals Have Made an Impact on the Art Supply Industry.”

Summer 2014 Rise drawing featured on cover of DRAWING, summer issue 2014; feature article “Findng Meaning in the Manmade”

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