Trent Burleson

Trent Burleson was born in Charlotte, NC in 1952. He was selected to attend the North CarolinaGovernor's School in the summer 1969. He graduated from the Philadelphia College of Art (now University of the Arts) with a Bachelor’s degree in Painting and received a Masters Degree in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design, where he began teaching various painting and drawing classes. He served as the Chief Critic of the school's European Honors Program in Rome in 1984. His paintings have been widely exhibited and are part of many private, corporate, and public collections. A landscape painting by Professor Burleson was used as the cover for the great American writer Raymond Carver’s last book, “Where I am Calling From” in 1988. The art critic Edward Sozanski wrote of Burleson’s paintings “he’s able, through light and color, to transform the mundane into the exceptional.”

Academic areas of interest

The history, methods, materials, and techniques of Painting.

Fall 2021

ILLUS-2012-02 Drawing I: Visualizing Space
ILLUS-2024-01 Painting I: Color Perception and Expression
ILLUS-3224-01 Landscape Painting

Wintersession 2022

ILLUS-4016-02 Senior Degree Project
ILLUS-8900-06 ISP Major

Spring 2022

ILLUS-2016-04 Drawing II: The Articulate Figure
ILLUS-2028-05 Painting II: Observation and Imagination
ILLUS-3110-01 Magic, Mood, and Mystery: Poetic Pathways For The Modern Illustrator
RISD faculty member Trent Burleson
  • BFA, University of the Arts
  • MFA, Rhode Island School of Design