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Scott Nelson Foster

Absence and loss, not presence, shapes my definition of beauty. An aspect of this conception of beauty is memory, the anticipation of change, and the struggle to fix a moment in the mind. I use the suburban landscape of houses and strip malls as my subject matter. I search for ways to describe the changes of the landscape and the passage of time; to express the long memories tied to the land and sky that surround us.

 

 

My paintings are reflections of changing ideas about the American experience, the American dream, and societal relationships to the land. The suburban landscape is an arena in which many different dramas of the American dream are played out. Houses, subdivisions, 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.

 

 



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watercolors / commercial

watercolors / residential

Large Watercolors


Flatland I, 2011

Flatland II, 2012

Flatland V, 2012

Number 108, 2012

541 Boulevard, 2012

watercolors


Train II, 2014

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 tightly controlled watercolor techniques. Mr. Foster has worked in a variety of two dimensional media, including wax, glue and egg temperas, watercolor, oil, and serigraphy. 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 BA in Fine Art from Northwest Nazarene University, and an MFA in Painting and Drawing from Utah State University. After teaching at USU for five years, Mr. Foster relocated to upstate New York, where he paints and teaches at Siena College. Mr. Foster recently completed a commissioned portrait of the Patroness of the St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish in Schenectady. A second portrait will be unveiled in April.

 

Resume

- Master of Fine Arts, Utah State University, Painting & Drawing, Logan Utah, 2008

- Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude, Fine Art: Painting, Drawing, & Printmaking, Northwest

Nazarene University, Nampa Idaho, 2005

- British Visual and Literary Culture, University of London & Northwest Nazarene University,

London England, 2002

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

- Flatland: The Suburban Landscape in Watercolor, Clement Art Gallery, Troy New York, 2012

- Scott Nelson Foster: Oils, The Foundry for Art Design + Culture, Cohoes New York, 2011

- A Mobile Home, Michael Berry Gallery, Salt Lake City Utah, 2007

- Trailer Park, Access II Gallery, Salt Lake City Utah, 2007

- Fragments, Friesen Galleries, Nampa Idaho, 2005

 

SELECTED SMALL GROUP EXHIBITIONS

- Forthcoming Invitational Exhibition, Juried by Tony Iadicicco, Executive Director, Albany Center

Gallery, Albany New York, 2014

- [sub/urban] Scott Nelson Foster and Ben Schwab, Clement Gallery, Troy New York, 2011

- House and Home, Access II Gallery, Salt Lake City Utah, 2009

- Tara Robertson, Cindy McConkie, & Scott Nelson Foster, Juried by Mike Call, Gallery Director,

Bountiful-Davis Art Center, Bountiful Utah, 2009

- Christopher Terry and Scott Nelson Foster, Youngers Gallery, Northeastern Junior College,

Sterling Colorado, 2008

- Will Nelson & Scott Nelson Foster, Spotlight Gallery, Boise Idaho, 2007

 

SELECTED LARGE GROUP EXHIBITIONS

- Forthcoming Watercolors, Juried By John Christopher Gernon, Director, Clement Art Gallery, Troy

New York, 2014

- Melange with Shawn Snow, Scott Nelson Foster, Harry Orlyk and Jane Bloodgood-Adams,

Juried By Carrie Haddad, Director, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson New York 2013-14

- Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region, Juried by Dan Cameron, Chief Curator at the Orange County

Museum of Art, The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls New York, 2013

- New Country: Ruralism in Contemporary Art, Juried by Jennifer A. Reis, Gallery Director, Claypool

Young Gallery, Morehead State University, Morehead Kentucky, 2012

- South Troy Through Outsider Eyes, Juried by Jim Lewis, Gallery Director, Carmen’s Café and

Gallery, Troy New York, 2012

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- Works on Paper with Kahn & Salesnick Meg Lipke, Louise Laplante, Jenny Kemp, Valerie Hammond, Ken

Polinskie, David Paulson, Paul Chojnowski, Ralph Stout, Madelon Jones, Claudia McNulty, Scott Nelson Foster,

Juried by Carrie Haddad, Director, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson New York, 2012

- Legacy Exhibition, Open Call Postcard Exhibition, Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction

Colorado, 2012

- Summer Salon: Small Works: David Arsenault, Linda Bacon, Scott Foster, Ingrid ludt, Robert Moylan, Robin

Rosenthal, Gary Shankman, and Yeachin Tsai, Juried by Jon Gernon MFA, Gallery Director, Clement

Art Gallery, Troy NY 2011

- Interior Exterior: Stephen Walling, Joseph Maresca, Scott Nelson Foster and Patty Neal, Juried by Carrie

Haddad, Gallerist, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson New York, 2011

- Art Inter/National: Here and Abroad, Juried by Nicole Capozzi, Gallery Director, Box Hear Gallery,

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2011

- Snow, Juried, XL Projects Gallery Syracuse University, Juried by Yvonne Buchanan, Prof. of

Illustration, Syracuse University, Syracuse New York, 2011

- Department of Art Faculty Show, Juried by Kathy Puzey Assistant Prof. of Printmaking, Caine School

of the Arts, Utah State University, Logan Utah 2009

- Chairman’s Choice, Juried by Mike Call, Gallery Director, Bountiful Davies Art Museum, Invitational

Bountiful Utah, 2006

- Beloved Community, Juried by Jonathan Puls Professor of Art, Friesen Gallery, Nampa Idaho, 2004

- Higher Ground, Boise Art Museum, Juried Show, Boise Idaho, 2001

 

COMMISSIONS

- Forthcoming St. Kateri Tekakwitha with the Children, 5’x3’ Oil on Canvas, St. Kateri Tekakwitha

Parish, 1803 Union Street Schenectady New York 2013-14

- St. Kateri Tekakwitha in God’s Creation, 5’x3’ Oil on Canvas, St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish, 1803

Union Street Schenectady New York, 2013

 

RECENT TEACHING EXPERIENCE AND EMPLOYMENT

- Assistant Professor of Studio Art, Siena College, Loudonville New York, 2010-Present

- Exhibitions & Visiting Artist Program Coordinator, Utah State University, Logan Utah, 2009-2010

- Lecturer in Art, Utah State University, Logan and Brigham City Utah, 2007-2010

- Instructor, Korean Arts High School Exchange, Utah State University, Logan Utah, 2007

 

SELECTED LECTURES AND RESIDENCIES

- How Color Works, Northwest Arts Ltd., Meridian Idaho, 2013

- Structural Figure Drawing, Northwest Arts Ltd., Meridian Idaho, 2012

- Visiting Artist Lecture, The Foundry for Art Design + Culture, Cohoes New York, 2011

- Guest Lecturer, Art & the Bauhaus in Essen, Germany, USU Study Abroad,

Essen, Germany, Summer 2011

- Egg Tempera Techniques, Vincennes University, Vincennes Indiana, 2009

- Materials and Methods in Narrative Painting: Changing Readings of the Sistine Chapel Ceiling, O.C. Tanner

Project Scholar Lecture, Caine School of the Arts, Utah State University, Logan UT, 2009

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- Summer Workshop Instructor, The Landing Art Institute, Boise Idaho, 2006

 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

- Cave, Angela. “Siena Artist Paints Kateri.” In The Evangelist. Diocese of Albany. December 12 2013

- De La Rocha, Kelly. “History Painting Unveiled.” in Schenecady Daily Gazette. October 22 2013

- Exhibition Catalog 2013Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region. The Hyde Collection, Glens Fall New

York 2013

- “From Structure to Expression: Rethinking Gesture Drawing within Foundations Life Drawing” in

FATE in Review. Peer Reviewed. Prof. Kevin Bell, Editor. Foundations Art Theory and Education,

2012/2013

- “Paint Like a Spaniard” Velzquez’ Painting Technique, SCTV Newsbreak, 18 November 2011

- Shaw, Kurt, Exhibition Review “Art Inter/National,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 5 January 2011, Pub.

Richard Mellon Scaife

- Exhibition Review: “House and Home,” 15 Bytes, October 2009, Pub. artistsofutah.org

- Artwork Feature and Cover Art, Desert Wanderings, Spring 2008, Pub. VSA Arts of Utah

- Artwork Feature and Cover Art: “Mobile Beauty,” Herald Journal, 10 August 2007, Pub. Pioneer

Newspapers

- Exhibition Review: “Trailer Park,” Salt Lake Magazine, February 2007, Pub. JES Publishing

 

SELECTED AWARDS AND HONORS

- 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 New York,

2013

- Committee on Teaching and Faculty Development Pedagogy Fellowship, Siena College, 2013

Grant Title: The Practice and Perception of Color in the Arts and Sciences

Grant Co-author: Dr. Graziano Vernizzi, Assistant Professor of Physics, Siena College

- Committee on Teaching and Faculty Development Research Fellowship, Siena College, 2012

Grant Title: The Suburban Landscape

- Nancy Lawton Committee Choice Award, BUILT2011: Albany’s Architecture Through Artists’ Eyes,

Historic Albany Foundation, Albany New York, 2011.

- Krannich Fellowship, Utah State University, 2009

- Dan C. and Manon Caine Russell Fellowship, 2006

- Cunningham Foundation Fellowship, 2003-2005


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