Rich Tesner started his creative career over 30 years ago, working at an advertising agency in southeast Michigan, where he developed his skills as a graphic designer, desktop publisher, and commercial artist. In 1997, he began working as a graphic communications instructor at a local college in mid-Michigan, teaching desktop publishing, graphic design, color theory, and illustration.

Rich started painting in 2010 at the Flint Institute of Arts, working under the direction of several notable instructors. Over the last several years, his paintings have been displayed in numerous galleries and art exhibitions, including the Salmagundi Club in New York City, The Rhode Island Watercolor Society’s National Watermedia Exhibition, the Flint Institute of Arts, the Shiawassee Arts Center, ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, Saginaw Township’s “Art in Public Places”, Colors of Humanity Art Gallery, and the NOAPS International Online Art Exhibition. Rich is currently working as an instructor at the Flint Institute of Arts.



Bachelor of Graphic Communications, Baker College of Flint
Master of Public Administration, University of Michigan–Flint
Flint Institute of Arts, Art School