The Greater Flint Arts Council announced last week that Flushing artist, Rich Tesner, is the recipient of a $1,200 Professional/Organizational Development (POD) Minigrant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). Funding from this grant will allow Rich to attend a painting workshop in North Carolina, next month, with nationally recognized artist and author Patti Mollica. Rich, an oil and acrylic artist, will attend a three-day workshop, at the Painting Miles Art Studio in downtown Raleigh. Rich hopes to utilize the skills found in Patti’s workshop for the purpose of broadening his “palette” as an artist and art instructor at the Flint Institute of Arts.
Rich is a professional graphic designer and former graphic communications instructor at Baker College. He started taking art classes at the Flint Institute of Arts in 2010. Recently, Rich’s original paintings have been exhibited at the Flint Institute of Arts, the Shiawassee Arts Center, Saginaw Township’s “Art in Public Places”, ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, and the 2017 National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society International Online Exhibit.
The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs Professional/Organizational Development (POD) Minigrant was created to provide up to $1,500 to assist non-profit arts organizations and artists with opportunities that specifically improves their management and/or brings the artist to a new level artistically. Local funds for the POD grant are awarded under the direction of the Greater Flint Arts Council.
Last year, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs awarded over nine million dollars in grants to non-profit organizations and artists throughout Michigan in support of capital improvement, operational support, and personal/organizational development.
Rich’s latest artwork can be seen at the Flint Institute of Arts and at the Shiawassee Arts Center, in Owosso.