Andrea Reising is a Portland, Maine-based artist and educator. Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she moved to New York City to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts and Creative Writing from Columbia University. She then took a three-year break from city life to teach environmental education in northern Minnesota and guide teen wilderness expeditions in the Boundary Waters and Quetico, Canadian Arctic and Western United States.
Reising returned to New York City to further pursue the arts, obtaining an Master of Fine Arts degree in New Forms and Photography from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. She worked for a number of years in the photography departments at both Pratt Institute and the School of Visual Arts in NYC.
As an avid outdoorswoman and fan of nature, Reising made the move in 2014 to beautiful Maine. She currently works for the Maine College of Art, planning and teaching youth courses including SmART Camp, Pre-College Figure Drawing, Magazine Production and both Black & White Film and Digital Photography.
She volunteers regularly in the Portland community, as a mentor with the Portland Public High School, in the Preble Street Teen Center and Preble Street Soup Kitchen, and as a visiting artist-educator with the REAL School. She teaches art and media workshops for the Maine Youth Justice League and Engine Gallery STEAM Camp.
Reising completes her Master of Arts in Teaching degree from the Maine College of Art and Maine State K-12 Art Education licensure in May, 2016.