Dorothy Rising was one of
Seattle's most accomplished artists and her career spanned over
Born in Tacoma, Rising attended the
Institute in Brooklyn and also studied with Henry G. Keller at
the Cleveland Art Institute. Keller was a very influential teacher
whose most famous student was Charles Burchfield. Keller and
his students favored watercolor and other water based mediums
which had a lasting influence on Rising.
She also studied at the University of Washington where she received
her B.F.A. and M.F.A.
Rising’s interest in Modernism stemmed from her studies
with Keller who had exhibited at the Armory Show in 1913. This
was reinforced at the UW working under Walter Isaacs and Ambrose
Patterson, both of whom had international reputations.
Dorothy Rising mastered several mediums including oil, watercolor
and printmaking. She was an early member of the Northwest Printmakers
Society and was included in their first exhibition in 1929. She
was also a longtime member and former President of Women Painters
of Washington. In 1940, she, along with two other women artists,
Vara Grube and Florence Nesbit (both WPW members), formed the Northwest
Watercolor Society which is still active after 60 years.
Her work has been featured in many local and national exhibitions
including the Smithsonian, the Masillon Museum in Ohio, as well
as juried exhibitions in New York, Massachusetts, Oklahaoma, Alaska
and other western states. Locally, she was a frequent exhibitor
at the Henry Gallery, the Seattle Art Museum where she had a solo
exhibition in 1946, and the Frye Museum.
Rising became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Artists,
London, and was a member of the National League of American Penwomen
and the American Artists Professional League.
Her work is included in the permanent collections of the
Seattle Art Museum, the Northwest Museum of Art & Culture, Spokane,
the Tacoma Art Museum, the Frye Art Museum, the Grumbacher Collection,
the Dave & Reba Williams Collection, NYC and numerous
public and private collections.
work is included in the Encyclopedia of Women Artists of
the American West; The Sight of Music (Print research Foundation)
and Who Was Who in American Art. Rising published numerous
art related articles in Sunset Magazine,
the Town Crier and other educational publications.