Scott Nelson Foster

My paintings are meditations on the American experience, and the American dream, as manifested in the landscape and in material culture. These objects and spaces evoke shared experiences. This common denominator gives my work a broad resonance, allowing even fragmentary visions to evoke complex narratives. My watercolors and oils eschew the particulars—what makes a subject unique—and focus on the iconic—what makes disparate subjects universal.

watercolors / commercial


watercolors / residential


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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)

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

EXHIBITION RECORD
SLECTED 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
2007 A Mobile Home, Michael Berry Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT

SELECTED SMALL GROUP EXHIBITIONS
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 American Dream, Orange Regional Medical Center Gallery, Middletown, NY (Curated by Sarah Johnson, ORMC Art Curator)
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, Deapartment 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)

SELECTED LARGE GROUP EXHIBITIONS
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)
2014 BUILT2014: Architecture Through Artists’ Eyes, Historic Albany Foundation, Albany, NY (Juried by Jon Christopher Gernon, Director of Clement Art Gallery)
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 BUILT2011: Albany’s Architecture Through Artists’ Eyes, Historic Albany Foundation, Albany, NY (Juried by Willie Marlowe and Sarah Martinez)
2011 Germany, Gallery 102, Utah State University, Logan, UT (Juried by Christopher T Terry, Professor of Painting and Drawing)
2011 Summer Salon: Small Works: Clement Art Gallery, Troy, NY (with David Arsenault, Linda Bacon, Ingrid ludt, Robert Moylan, Robin Rosenthal, Gary Shankman, and Yeachin Tsai) (Juried by Jon Gernon, 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)
2010 Action/Reaction, Studio 102 Gallery, Utah State University, Logan, UT (Curated by Scott Nelson Foster, Lecturer in Art)
2008 300 Plates, Art Access Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT, (Juried by Ruth Lubbers, Gallery Director
2007 300 Plates, Art Access Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT, (Juried by Ruth Lubbers, 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
2011 Nancy Lawton Committee Choice Award, BUILT2011: Albany’s Architecture Through Artists’ Eyes, Historic Albany Foundation, Albany, NY


PUBLICATIONS AS AUTHOR
“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

RECENT BIBLIOGRAPHY
(Exhibition Catalog) Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region 2016, The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls,
NY 2016
Deborah Kaufman, “Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region at Hyde in Glens Falls,” Art in the
Adirondacks (Blog), October 25, 2016, http://www.artintheadirondacks.com/2016/artists-of-the-mohawk-hudson-region-at-the-hyde-in-glens-falls/
Joseph Dalton, “Artistry Revealed with Spanish Flair,” Times Union. Albany, NY, September 16,
2014
Joe Donahue, Interview, The Roundtable, WAMC Radio, Albany, NY, September 12, 2014
Geraldine Freedman, “Musicians of Ma’alwyck Plan Spanish Concert with Artist,” Schenectady
Daily Gazette. Schenectady, NY, September 11, 2014
Joe Dalton, “Iberian Immersion,” Times Union, Albany, NY, September 7, 2014
Amy Griffin, “Highlighting Neutrality,” Times Union, Albany, NY, August 11, 2014
Amy Griffin, “Matters of Interpretation,” Times Union, Albany, NY, February 27, 2014

SELECTED LECTURES, WORKSHOPS, AND RESIDENCIES
2015 “How Color Works,” Schenectady Art Society, Schenectady, NY, October 8, 2015
2015 Visiting Artist Lecture and Workshop, Assumption College, Worchester MA, May 19, 2015
2015 Watercolor Demonstration, Schenectady Art Society, Schenectady, NY, April 9, 2015
2011 Visiting Artist Lecture, The Foundry for Art Design + Culture, Cohoes, NY, December 3, 2015
2011 Guest Lecturer, Art & the Bauhaus in Essen, Germany, Utah State University Study Abroad, Essen, Germany, June – July 2011
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, September, 2009
2006 Summer Workshop Instructor, The Suburban Landscape in Watercolor and Cartoons and Caricatures, The Landing Art Institute, Boise ID, June – August 2006

SELECTED SERVICE ACTIVITIES
Professional Service
2016 – Present Member of Board of Directors, Albany Center Gallery, Albany, NY
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)

Service to the College
2013 – Present Member, CURCA Steering Committee, Siena College, Loudonville, NY
2016 Curator, Student Juried Art Exhibition, Siena College, Loudonville, 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 Member, Middle States Self Study Standards and Working Group, Educational Offerings Sub Committee, Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Siena College, Loudonville, NY
2011 Curator, Sometimes Words Are Not Enough, September 11 memorial, Siena College, Loudonville, NY
2009-10 Co-Curator, Crossing Boundaries Noon Lecture Series, O. C. Tanner Symposium, Utah State University, Logan, UT (with Carolyn Cardenas, Head of Department of Art and Design)
2009 -10 O. C. Tanner Symposium Planning Committee, College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, Utah State University, Logan, UT