Scott Nelson Foster

My paintings are reflections of changing ideas about the societal relationships to the land, the American experience, and the American dream. The landscape is an arena in which many different dramas of the American dream are played out. Trailers, houses, and strip-malls evoke shared experiences. This common denominator gives my work a broad resonance that allows even fragmentary visions to evoke complex narratives. My watercolors and oils eschew the particulars— what makes a location unique—and focus on the iconic—what makes disparate subjects universal. Photography is essential to my creative process. I create images that mimic photography—and photography’s implied veracity—that is not a photograph. My photorealistic paintings are created by piecing together images to create buildings and landscapes that do not necessarily exist in objective reality.

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watercolors / commercial


watercolors / residential


Large Watercolors


watercolors


oils


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Scott Nelson Foster received his first instruction in drawing and painting from his uncle, Roland Giampaoli, and from his grandfather, Will Nelson, while growing up in Boise, Idaho. From them he learned a variety of expressive and analytical watercolor techniques. Mr. Foster has worked in a variety of two-dimensional media, including wax, glue and egg temperas, watercolor, oil, and serigraphy. His paintings have been featured in solo and juried exhibitions on the east and west coasts. He has recently completed portraits commissioned by the St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish and the Musician of Ma’alwyck. His interest in esoteric and unusual artistic practices has allowed him opportunities to work with iconographers, fresco painters, performance artists, and alchemists.

Mr. Foster received a B.A. in Fine Art from Northwest Nazarene University, and an M.F.A. in Painting and Drawing from Utah State University. After teaching in Utah for a period, Scott relocated to upstate New York, where he paints and teaches at Siena College.

EDUCATION
2008 Master of Fine Arts, Utah State University, Painting & Drawing, Logan, UT
2005 Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude, Fine Art: Painting, Drawing, & Printmaking, Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa, ID
2002 British Visual and Literary Culture, University of London & Northwest Nazarene University, London, England (Summer 2002)

EXHIBITION RECORD
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2015 Scott Nelson Foster: Landscapes in Watercolor and Oil, Assumption College, Worchester, MA
2012 Flatland: The Suburban Landscape in Watercolor, Clement Art Gallery, Troy, NY
2011 Scott Nelson Foster: Oils, The Foundry for Art Design + Culture, Cohoes, NY
2008 Scott Nelson Foster: Watercolors and Oils, Twain Tippetts Gallery, Logan, UT
2008 Mobile Homes, Twain Tippets Gallery, Logan, UT
2007 A Mobile Home, Michael Berry Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT
2007 Trailer Park, Access II Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT
2005 Fragments, Friesen Galleries, Nampa, ID

SELECTED SMALL GROUP EXHIBITIONS
(Forthcoming) East Gallery, Utah State University Price, Price, UT (with Tyler Vance and Christopher T. Terry) (Curated by Noel Carmack, Associate Professor of Art and Gallery Director)
2018 Works on Paper, Cluster Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (with Christine Massey, Jee Hwang, Kit Warren, Minako Iwamura, Samantha Holmes, and Sung Won Yun) (Curated by Muriel Guepin, Director, Muriel Guepin Gallery)
2018 Painted Cities, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY (wih Edward Avedisian, Richard Brittell, Robert Goldstrom, Patty Neal, Darshan Russell and Dan Rupe) (Curated by Carrie Haddad, Gallery Director)
2017 Silent Form, Yates Gallery, Siena College, Loudonville, NY (with Tyler Vance and Christopher T. Terry) (Curated by Sara Boivin, Gallery Director)
2017 Material Witness: The Object of Photography, Collar Works Gallery, Troy, NY (with Sarah Comfort, Matt Frieburghaus, Danny Goodwin, Robert Hite, Nicola Kinch, Ellie Krakow, and Anna Yeroshenko) (Curated by Justin Baker, William Jaeger, and Rob O’Neil)
2016 Point of Intersection, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY (with Christopher Engel, Paul Chojnowski, Betsy Weis & Dai Ban) (Curated by Carrie Haddad, Gallery Director)
2015 American Views: Paul Chapman and Scott Nelson Foster, Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY (Curated by Elizabeth Dubben, Director of Exhibitions)
2015 Mary Ellen Riell, Scott Nelson Foster and Tom Clement, Clement Gallery, Troy, NY (Juried by Jon Gernon, Gallery Director)
2014 The Black and White Show, Albany Center Gallery, Albany, NY (Curated by David Brickman, Chair of Artist Committee; and Tony Iadicicco, Executive Director)
2014 Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Regional Invitational, Albany Center Gallery, Albany, NY (Juried by Tony Iadicicco, Executive Director)
2013 Melange, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY (with Shawn Snow, Harry Orlyk and Jane Bloodgood-Adams) (Curated by Carrie Haddad, Director)
2011 [sub/urban] Clement Gallery, Troy, NY (with Ben Schwab) (Curated by Jon Gernon, Gallery Director)
2009 Postgraduate Fellows, Studio 102 Gallery, Logan, UT (Curated by Carolyn Cardena, Department Head of Art and Design, and Kathy Puzey, Assistant Professor of Printmaking)
2009 House and Home, Access II Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT (Juried by VSA Utah)
2009 Tara Robertson, Cindy McConkie, & Scott Nelson Foster, Bountiful-Davis Art Center, Bountiful, UT, (Curated by Mike Call, Gallery Director)
2008 Christopher T. Terry and Scott Nelson Foster, Youngers Gallery, Northeastern Junior College,
Sterling, CO, (Juried by David Roholt, Gallery Director)
2007 Will Nelson & Scott Nelson Foster, Spotlight Gallery, Boise, ID

SELECTED LARGE GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2018 Black and White, Site:Brooklyn Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (Juried by Rosario Güiraldes, Assistant Curator at The Drawing Center, New York City)
2017-18 Contemporary Landscape, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato, CA (Juried by Chester Arnold, Instructor, College of Marin)
2016 Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region, The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, NY (Juried by Michael Oatman, Associate Professor of Architecture, RPI) (Catalog)
2016 30th Anniversary Invitational, Saratoga Art, Saratoga Springs, NY (Curated by Elizabeth Dubben, Director of Exhibitions)
2015 Lit, Albany International Airport, Colonie, NY (Curated by Sharon Bates, Director, Art and Culture Program)
2015 Cityscapes, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY (Curated by Carrie Haddad, Gallery Director)
2013 Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region, The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, NY (Juried by Dan Cameron, Chief Curator at the Orange County Museum of Art) (Catalog)
2012 New Country: Ruralism in Contemporary Art, Claypool-Young Gallery, Morehead State University, Morehead, KY, (Juried by Jennifer A. Reis, Gallery Director)
2012 Works on Paper, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY, (Curated by Carrie Haddad, Gallery Director)
2011 Interior Exterior: Stephen Walling, Joseph Maresca, Scott Nelson Foster and Patty Neal, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY (Curated by Carrie Haddad, Director)
2011 Art Inter/National: Here and Abroad, Box Hear Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA (Juried by Nicole Capozzi, Gallery Director)
2011 Snow, XL Projects Gallery Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY (Juried by Yvonne Buchanan, Prof. of Illustration, Syracuse University)
2010 Action/Reaction, Studio 102 Gallery, Utah State University, Logan, UT (Curated by Scott Nelson Foster, Lecturer in Art)
2005 Chairman’s Choice, Bountiful Davies Art Museum, Bountiful, UT (Curated by Mike Call, Gallery Director)
2001 Higher Ground, Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID, 2001(Juried)

COMMISSIONS
2016 The Curlew, 20 Minute Video Art Piece Displayed During Concert and Dance Performance, Video Projection, The Musicians of Ma’alwyck and Loose Change Dance Collective (with lead artist Joseph P. Gonzalez)
2015 Men and Women of the Bible, 6 Illustrations of Biblical Patriarchs and Matriarchs (22”x30”) Ink and Watercolor on Paper, Terra Nova Church, Troy NY
2014 – 15 The Last Seven Words of Christ and The Resurrection, 8 pieces, (11”x 22”) Multimedia on Paper on Board, Terra Nova Church, Troy, NY
2014 Katria in Valencian Dress (After Sorolla), (5’x3’) Oil on Canvas, Musicians of Ma’alwyck, Scotia, NY
2013 – 14 St. Kateri Tekakwitha with the Children, (5’x3’) Oil on Canvas, St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish, Schenectady, NY
2013 St. Kateri Tekakwitha in God’s Creation, (5’x3’) Oil on Canvas, St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish, Schenectady, NY

SELECTED AWARDS, HONORS, AND GRANTS
2014 Trustco Bank Award (for Scholarship and Service in Support of Siena’s mission), Siena College, Loudonville, NY
2014 Best in Show, BUILT2014: Albany’s Architecture Through Artists’ Eyes, Historic Albany Foundation, Albany, NY
2014 Artist of the Year, Albany Center Gallery, Albany, New York, 2014
Grant Title: The Last Seven Words of Christ: Social Justice in Contemporary Liturgical Art
2013 Albany Center Gallery Juror Award in Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region, Juried by Dan Cameron, Chief Curator at the Orange County Museum of Art, The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, NY
2011 Nancy Lawton Committee Choice Award, BUILT2011: Albany’s Architecture Through Artists’ Eyes, Historic Albany Foundation, Albany, NY
2009 Krannich Fellowship, Utah State University, Logan, UT
2006 Dan C. and Manon Caine Russell Fellowship, Utah State University, Logan, UT
2003-5 Cunningham Foundation Fellowship, Boise, ID

TEACHING EXPERIENCE AND EMPLOYMENT
2015 – Present Associate Professor of Studio Art, Siena College, Loudonville, NY
2010 – 15 Assistant Professor of Studio Art, Siena College, Loudonville, NY
2009 – 10 Exhibitions & Visiting Artist Program Coordinator, Utah State University, Logan, UT
2007 – 10 Lecturer in Art, Utah State University, Logan and Brigham City, UT
2007 Instructor, Korean Arts High School Exchange, Utah State University, Logan, UT (Summer 2007)
2005 – 07 Graduate Instructor, Utah State University, Logan UT (Instructor of Record)
2005 – 07 Figure Drawing Group Coordinator, Utah State University, Logan, UT
2004 – 05 Teaching Assistant, Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa, ID

PUBLICATIONS AS AUTHOR
“Worth a Thousand Words: Using Visual Art to Advance Community Engaged
Scholarship” in The AFCU Journal: A Franciscan Perspective on Higher Education, Volume 14, 2017 99-107, Dr. Adam DeVille, Editor. The Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities. (with Katria Foster M.F.A.)
“Creative Love,” in Uncontrolling Love: Essays Exploring the Love of God with
Introductions by Thomas Jay Oord, Chris Baker, Gloria Coffin, Craig Drury, Graden Kirksey, Lisa Michaels, and Donna Fiser Ward, eds. (San Diego, CA: Sacrasage Press, 2017): 171-174.
“Brewing Creatively,” Zymurgy, Jan./Feb. 2017. Brewer’s Association
“Creative Love,” The Uncontrolling Love of God (blog) Dr. Thomas Jay Oord, ed., June
22, 2016, https://uncontrollinglove.com/2016/09/23/creative-love/
“From Structure to Expression: Rethinking Gesture Drawing within Foundations Life
Drawing, FATE in Review, Volume 34, 2012/13, 3-9, (Peer Reviewed) Prof. Kevin Bell, Editor. Foundations Art: Theory and Education

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
2016 “Engaging Communities and Facilitating Scholarship in the Visual Arts,” FAN (Faculty, Administrator Network) Sessions, National Conference on Undergraduate Research, University of North Carolina at Asheville, Asheville, NC
2014 “St. Kateri Tekakwitha: History and Iconography,” Tekakwitha Conference,
Fargo ND

SELECTED SERVICE ACTIVITIES
2010 Curator, Action/Reaction, Studio 102 Gallery, Utah State University, Logan, UT
2009 Assistant Curator, Contemporary Voices in Visual Narrative, Studio 102, Logan Utah (with Eileen Doktorski, Assistant Professor of Sculpture, Curator)

2013 – Present Member, Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (CURCA) Steering Committee, Siena College, Loudonville, NY
2017 – 18 CDA (Core Disciplinary Arts) Liaison to the Core Curriculum Advisory Committee, Siena College, Loudonville, NY
2016 – 2017 Member of Board of Directors, Albany Center Gallery, Albany, NY
2014 – 15 CDA (Core Disciplinary Arts) Liaison to the Core Curriculum Advisory Committee, Siena College, Loudonville, NY
2014 – 15 Chair, Creative Arts Department Program Review, Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Siena College, Loudonville, NY
2014 Chair, Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Arts Search Committee, School of Liberal Arts, Siena College, Loudonville, NY
2011 – 14 Middle States Self Study Standards and Working Group, Educational Offerings Sub Committee, Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Siena College, Loudonville, NY
2011 – 2013 Budget Allocation Committee, Elected Faculty Rep Siena College, Loudonville, NY
2010 Curator, Action/Reaction, Studio 102 Gallery, Utah State University, Logan, UT
2009 -10 O. C. Tanner Symposium Planning Committee, College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, Utah State University, Logan, UT
2009 Assistant Curator, Contemporary Voices in Visual Narrative, Studio 102, Logan Utah (with Eileen Doktorski, Assistant Professor of Sculpture, Curator)