Jack Risley


Member, NASAD Board of Directors
Reelected October 2016, term ends October 2019

Jack Risley is Chair of the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at Austin. A sculptor, he has taught at the Cooper Union, New York University, and most recently at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts, where he was Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. Professor Risley is known for his interest in the entanglement of disciplinary structures in schools of art and design. Having spent his academic life in both private and public institutions, he has a keen interest in how the arts maintain and assert their relevance to higher education.

He is a recipient of the Rome Prize, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, and a Pollock-Krasner Grant, among others. His work has been shown at venues including the Brooklyn Museum, the Yale Art Museum, the Parrish Museum and the Vienna Secession.

Professor Risley earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from Yale University and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Oberlin College.

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Updated November 2016