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Seth BioSeth creates and records connections to people and places through painting and drawing.  The artist’s daily practice consists of translating the figure, objects and landscape from life and digital photography to paper and canvas.  He chooses his subjects from the people, places and things which surround him.  Seth received a BFA in painting from Syracuse University in 2002 and an  MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2005.  He now maintains studios in Boonton and Orange, NJ and is the Visual and Performing Arts Professor and Coordinator at Bard High School Early College in Newark, New Jersey.

Seth’s work is exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at galleries and institutions throughout the North East and in Ontario, Canada, including the Morris Museum in New Jersey, New York City’s Salmagundi Club and Syracuse University.  In 2010, the Monmouth Museum of Art featured his work in the solo exhibition “NJ Emerging Artists Series: Seth Ruggles Hiler – Portraits.”  The premiere of “Ash Unravel,” a dance and drawing collaboration with dancer/choreographer Michael Caldwell, was presented in Toronto in August of 2011 at the Dance Made in Canada Festival.  Guerilla Gallery in Newark, NJ presented “CROPPED, An Intimate View,” a solo show of large graphite portraits in September 2011.  More of his solo paintings shows have included, “East of Orange” at Bergen College, “The Faces of Sage” at the SAGE Center in Chelsea, and “STUDIO VISITS” at DUO Multicultural Center on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

The artist combines his drive for expression with the knowledge gained from his training.  The result is a classical sensibility with a contemporary understanding of color and composition.  He strives to go beyond creating likeness or surface description by expressing a momentary relationship to the subject, informed by a collection of past experiences.  Ultimately, the main goal of viewing the final work is to share in that intimate exchange.

EDUCATION

MFA    New York Academy of Art, 2005
BFA       Syracuse University, 2002

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2012     “Back to the Light,” Right Angle Uptown, Hoboken, NJ

2012     “Solos,” Gallery 33, Jersey City, NJ

2011     “CROPPED,” GuGa at Gallery One, Newark, NJ

2010     “NJ Emerging Artists Series:  Seth Ruggles Hiler – Portraits,” The Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ

2010     “Seth Ruggles Hiler – Paintings,” The Collonade Gallery, Newark, NJ

2009       “Twenty Something,” BOI’s of New Hope Gallery, New Hope, PA

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2012     “New Works, New Year, Scholarship & Junior Member Exhibition,” Salmagundi Club, NY, NY

2011     “NJ Artists Emerged,” The Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ

2011     “New Jersey Arts Collective,” New Brunswick, NJ

2011     “Works on Paper,” Speak-Easy Art Gallery, Boonton, NJ

2011    “Ash Unravel,” Collaboration with dancer/choreographer Michael Caldwell, Theatre Passe Muraille,
Toronto, Canada
2011    “Summer Exhibition 2011,” Flowers Gallery, NY, NY
2011    “Teaching Artists,” Speak-Easy Art Gallery, Boonton, NJ
2011    “Past, Present & Future,” Salmagundi Club, NY, NY
2010    “Preserve Now – Protect Forever,” Land Conservancy of NJ & Studio 7 Fine Art Gallery, Bernardsville, NJ
2010    “Visions of Denville,” Lakeland Arts & the Town of Denville, Denville, NJ
2010    “Inside Out:  Portraiture Today,” Watchung Arts Center, Watchung, NJ
2010     “Single Fair,” Curated by Jean-Pierre Roy & Michael Kagan, Brooklyn, NY
2010     “Interpreting the Figure,” Speak-Easy Art Gallery, Boonton, NJ

2010     “New Works, New Year, Scholarship & Junior Member Exhibition,” Salmagundi Club, NY, NY

2009     “Group Art Show on Commerce,” McGeehan Studios, Chatham, NJ

2009     “Harlem Cultural Tour,” Casa Frela Gallery, NY, NY

2009    “Decorative Fine Arts Exhibition,” Speak-Easy Art Gallery, Boonton, NJ

2009     “Fairy Tales, Personal Legend, Urban Myth,” Casa Frela Gallery, NY, NY

2009     “The Portrait Exhibition,” Salmagundi Club, NY, NY

2009     “Summer Exhibition,” New York Academy of Art, NY, NY

2009     “Paint Out:  New Hope,” BOI’s of New Hope Gallery, New Hope, PA

2009     “NJ Fine Arts Annual: Local Life” Curated by Ann Aptaker, Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ

2009     “Scholarship & Junior Member Exhibition,” Salmagundi Art Club, New York, New York

2008        “LAND – ESCAPES,” Rivergarden Gallery, Denville, NJ

2008     “Timeless, The Art of Drawing,” Curated by Ann Aptaker, The Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ

2008     “THE FIGURE:  A Celebration,” BOI’s of New Hope Gallery, New Hope, PA

2008    “SETH RUGGLES HILER:  A Spring Awakening,” Private Exhibit, Rockaway Twp., NJ

2007     “Francis McMillan Parks,” Academic Portrait Installation, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

2007     “Distant Lands,” Solo Art Exhibit & Voice Recital Collaboration, Grace Church, Madison, NJ

2006     “Out of the Academy,” Solo Exhibition, RoCoCo Lounge, Boonton, NJ

2005     “KROKULA,” Call to Order Art Gallery, Warwick, NY

2005     “Master of Fine Arts Exhibition,” New York Academy of Art, NY, NY

TEACHING & CULTURAL LEADERSHIP

2011-2012           Visual & Performing Arts Professor, Bard High School Early College, Newark, NJ

2012        Interim Theater Arts Adjunct Professor, Bard High School Early College, Newark, NJ

2011           Advisor, Gay-Straight Student Alliance, Bard High School Early College, Newark, NJ

2012        Editor-in-Chief, “MixMedia Arts Journal,” Boonton, NJ

2012         Painting Demonstrator, “The Draw-a-thon,” The Salmagundi Club, NY, NY

2012                     Speaker, “NJ Artists Emerged Discussion,” The Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ

2010-2012            Board Member, Alumni Association of The New York Academy of Art, NY, NY
2008-2012    Scholarship & Junior Membership Committee, Salmagundi Art Club, NY, NY
2011-2012    The Awards Committee, Salmagundi Art Club, NY, NY
2009-2011    Visual Arts & Language Arts Teacher, Discovery Charter School, Newark, NJ

2010-2011    Visiting Visual Arts & Language Arts Teacher, Emily Fisher Charter School, Trenton, NJ

2009-2011    Visiting Artist, Kids in Business, Newark, NJ

2008-2012    Scholarship & Junior Membership Committee, Salmagundi Art Club, NY, NY
2011        Artist in Residence, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
2011 & 2012    Visiting Artist, Genuine Art, Madison Montessori School, Madison, NJ

2010        Artist in Residence, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

2009        Instructor & Creator, Intensive Drawing Workshop, Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ

2009        Visiting Artist, Let’s Create, Mountain Lakes, NJ

2009        Honored Jurist, “Fresh Perspectives” Exhibition, Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ

2009-2010    Public Relations Committee, Salmagundi Club, NY, NY

2006        Habitat for Humanity, Camp Hope, St. Bernard Parish/New Orleans, LA

2005- 2006    English as a Second Language Instructor, Township of Montville, NJ

2004        Visiting Artist, Art Therapy Program, Dover Christian Nursing Home, Dover, NJ

2003-2004    Volunteer Counselor & Art Class Instructor, Camp Jabberwocky, West Tisbury, MA

2003        Art Class Assistant Instructor, Brooklyn High School for the Arts, Brooklyn, NY

2002        Remembrance Scholar Community Service Chair, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

2001-2003    Visual Artist Representative, Interfaith Middle East Experience, Syracuse, NY & Spain

2000- 2002    Art Teacher & Tutor, International Young Scholars Program, Syracuse, NY

AWARDS

2011        Clara Thompson Memorial Award, “Past, Present & Future,” Salmagundi Club, NY, NY

2010        Frank Dumond Award, “New Works Exhibition,” Salmagundi Club, NY, NY

2009        Honorable Mention, “The Portrait Exhibition,” Salmagundi Club, NY, NY

2009        President’s Award, “Scholarship & Junior Member Exhibition,” Salmagundi Club, NY, NY

2003        First Place Winner, Drawing Category, “All-Island Art Show,” Martha’s Vineyard, MA

2002        Syracuse University Remembrance Scholar, Syracuse, NY

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2011    Rooney, E. Ashley, “100 Artists of the Mid-Atlantic,” Schiffer Publishing
2010    Borland, Bryan, “Portfolio:  Twenty Something Drawing Series,” Ganymede Magazine, NY, NY
2010    “Works of Seth Ruggles Hiler at Monmouth Museum,” The Two River Times, June 25, 2010
2010    Johnson, Ramon, “Harlem Kicks off with ‘Coming Out’ Art Show,” About.com, June
2010    Borland, Bryan, “My Life as Adam,” Sibling Rivalry Press, Little Rock Arkansas
2009    Clark, Philip, “Seth Ruggles Hiler:  Finding the Portrait Inside,” The Art Point Blog, October
2009    Strauss, Steven, “Seth Ruggles Hiler:  Twenty Something,” Out New Jersey, September
2008    The Morris Museum, “Timeless: The Art of Drawing,” Morristown, NJ
REPRESENTATION
Casa Frela Gallery, New York, NY

Cate Charles Gallery, Stonington, CT

Gallery Paquette, Boonton, NJ

“The Sage Portrait Series”

18 new portraits of SAGE members by Seth Ruggles Hiler
Opening: Friday, November 30th  6 to 8 pm
Show will be on view for the month of December

SAGE Center
208 W 13th St # 207, New York
212.620.5619

SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) is the country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults.

“A Selection of Recent Paintings
by Seth Ruggles Hiler”

November 16 – December 31
Ruben’s World Gallery
716 Cookman Avenue
Asbury Park, NJ
732.794.9159

Work also on view at:

Right Angle Uptown
1108 Washington Street
Hoboken, NJ
201.420.8262

Comments or questions are welcome.




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Current Solo Exhibition
THE FACES OF SAGE
The SAGE Center - Open Daily 12 - 6 PM
305 7th Avenue (at 27th Street) 15th Floor, New York, NY
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