News & Updates

March 19th, 2018
Posted by: Rich Tesner

Flushing Artist Awarded Grant from Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs

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.

February 27th, 2018
Posted by: Rich Tesner

Strengthening Depth Using the “Radiating Line”

Greg LaRock is a signature member of LPAPA, AIS and ASMA, and has won numerous awards for his painting excellence including “Artist Choice” at both the Maui plein air painting invitational and Florida’s Forgotten Coast invitational.

February 7th, 2018
Posted by: Rich Tesner

Tesner Art on Exhibit at Saginaw Township Hall

Rich Tesner stands next to his painting, “Wailea Honu”, which is now on display at the Saginaw Township Hall until Feb. 28, 2018

The Saginaw Charter Township Art In Public Places is proud to present Rich Tesner of Flushing, Michigan, for the month of February. Rich Tesner is a merit award winner from the 2017 Saginaw Township Annual State of the Arts Exhibition for his painting “Ulua Maalaea”. As a result of this prestigious honor, Rich was invited to display several of his  paintings at the Saginaw Township Hall, during the month of February. Most of the twenty two paintings and giclee prints are available for purchase.

Rich’s art exhibit will be shown at the Saginaw Charter Township Hall, 4980 Shattuck Road, Saginaw, Michigan, during business hours Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 p.m., February 5 through February 28, 2018. The Offices are closed for President’s Day, February 19, all day.

May 7th, 2017
Posted by: Rich Tesner

Tesner Painting Praised as Juror’s Favorite in Shiawassee

“Old Wrecker” depicts a rusted tow truck that sits off of State Rd. 39, just outside of Michigan City, Indiana. 20×16″ acrylic on canvas. This painting was featured on the cover of the Flint Institute of Arts’ Art School catalog, summer 2017.

The Shiawassee Arts Center kicked off its 20th Annual Member Artists Show with a reception on Sunday, May 7. Seventy nine artists from  mid-Michigan submitted paintings, photography, ceramics, weaving, and mixed media to the art show. This year’s guest juror was artist B.B. Winslow of Midland, who is the retired director of the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art of the Midland Center for the Arts.

Mr. Winslow praised the art center and its members for their “level of advanced creativity and execution” during this year’s exhibition. Twelve awards were presented to various artist for recognition in such categories as dramatic lighting, printmaking, sculpture, abstract art, photography, and jewelry, to name a few.

Rich Tesner’s painting received a merit award for his painting, “The Old Wrecker”, which depicts an old rusted tow truck sitting next to a field. Guest Juror B.B. Winslow had this to say about Rich’s acrylic painting, “The Award for Painting by Rich Tesner, was wonderfully painted in its gestural freedom, noting the asymmetrical composition off-center to the right, and its almost symmetrical stratified composition, top to bottom. A sentimentality and authenticity that “The Old Wrecker” exudes, made it my favorite work in the exhibition. Well-painted, with crisp chromatic control.”

Other members receiving recognition included Anni Crouter, Marie Lauer, Marscia Guetschow, Doug DeLind, Larry Szczepanik, Mary Wonser, Guy Adamec, Joel Ellis, Karl Racenis, Jill Doederlein, and Bonnie Brown.

The Shiawassee Arts Center 20th Annual Member Artists Show is open to the public at the Shiawassee Arts Center, in Owosso, until June 25.

March 20th, 2017
Posted by: Rich Tesner

Great Article on Juried Art Shows

December 13th, 2016
Posted by: Rich Tesner

Rich Tesner Becomes Newest Member of Oil Painters of America

We are so excited! I just received word that my associate membership application to Oil Painters of America has been accepted. This association is a leader in promoting representational fine art through art shows, workshops, and networking. I look forward to building working relationships with other artists and expanding my opportunities to display my work.

Click here to learn more about OPA.

July 15th, 2016
Posted by: Rich Tesner

Tesner Fine Art is Live!

This is an exciting day for us. After weeks of working with our designer, Nick at Ignite Media, we are pleased to announce the launch of the new Tesner Fine Art web gallery. Here, you will find images of some of my latest paintings, updates on upcoming events, find links to artistic resources, and purchase prints of my paintings. I’m looking forward to getting your feedback on how you like the new site. Feel free to email me at