Artist Bio

Seth Ruggles Hiler is most influenced by geography and the communities of his surroundings.  He creates and records connections to people and place through painting and drawing.  Seth received a BFA from Syracuse University in 2002 and an MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2005.  He is an Associate Professor of Visual Arts and the Founding Director of the Arts Program at Bard High School Early College in Newark, New Jersey and maintains a studio at Brooklyn Brush Studios in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

Hiler’s work is exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at galleries and institutions throughout the North East and in 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 in motion collaboration with dancer/choreographer Michael Caldwell, was presented in Toronto in August of 2011 at the Dance Made in Canada Festival.  Guerilla Galleries (GuGa) in Newark, NJ presented “CROPPED, An Intimate View,” a solo show of large graphite portraits in September 2011.  More of his solo painting exhibitions have included:  “East of Orange” at Bergen College, “The Faces of Sage” at the SAGE Center in Chelsea (an ongoing exhibition), “Portraits on Pine Street” at Gallery 73 See in Montclair, NJ, 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 or place, informed by a collection of past experiences.  Ultimately, the main goal of viewing the final work is to share in that intimate exchange.


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


“The Paintings of Seth Ruggles Hiler,” Tides Art Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ
“Portraits on Pine Street,” Gallery 73 See, Montclair, NJ

“Studio Visits,” DUO Multicultural Arts Center, New York, NY
“East of Orange,” Bergen College, Paramus, NJ

“Faces of SAGE,” The SAGE Center, New York, NY
“Back to the Light,” Right Angle Uptown, Hoboken, NJ
“Solos,” Gallery 33, Jersey City, NJ

“CROPPED,” Guerilla Galleries (GuGa) at Gallery One, Newark, NJ

“NJ Emerging Artists Series:  Seth Ruggles Hiler – Portraits,” The Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ
“Seth Ruggles Hiler – Paintings,” The Collonade Gallery, Newark, NJ

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


“Strangers,” Curated by Parenthesis Art Space, The Wix Lounge, NY, NY
“Unity of the Spheres,” CCM Visual Arts Gallery, Randolph, NJ

“25th Anniversary Gallery Night,” North Jersey Community Research Initiative, NJ
“NY Emerging Artists Exhibition:  The Work of Seth Ruggles Hiler & Dawn DiCicco,” curated by The Monmouth Museum, Colonial American Bank, Shrewsbury, NJ

“The Faces of SAGE,” The SAGE Center, New York, NY
“Here’s to Life,” Gallery 33, Jersey City, NJ
“New Works, New Year, Scholarship & Junior Member Exhibition,” Salmagundi Club, NY, NY

“NJ Artists Emerged,” The Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ
“New Jersey Arts Collective,” New Brunswick, NJ
“Works on Paper,” Speak-Easy Art Gallery, Boonton, NJ
“Ash Unravel,” Collaboration with dancer/choreographer Michael Caldwell, Theatre Passe Muraille,  Toronto, Canada
“Teaching Artists,” Speak-Easy Art Gallery, Boonton, NJ
“Past, Present & Future,” Salmagundi Club, NY, NY

“Preserve Now – Protect Forever,” Land Conservancy of NJ & Studio 7 Fine Art Gallery, Bernardsville, NJ
“Visions of Denville,” Lakeland Arts & the Town of Denville, Denville, NJ
“Inside Out:  Portraiture Today,” Watchung Arts Center, Watchung, NJ
“Single Fair,” Curated by Jean-Pierre Roy & Michael Kagan, Brooklyn, NY
“New Works, New Year, Scholarship & Junior Member Exhibition,” Salmagundi Club, NY, NY

“Group Art Show on Commerce,” McGeehan Studios, Chatham, NJ
“Harlem Cultural Tour,” Casa Frela Gallery, NY, NY
“Decorative Fine Arts Exhibition,” Speak-Easy Art Gallery, Boonton, NJ
“Fairy Tales, Personal Legend, Urban Myth,” Casa Frela Gallery, NY, NY
“The Portrait Exhibition,” Salmagundi Club, NY, NY
“Summer Exhibition,” New York Academy of Art, NY, NY
“Paint Out:  New Hope,” BOI’s of New Hope Gallery, New Hope, PA
“NJ Fine Arts Annual: Local Life” Curated by Ann Aptaker, Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ
“Scholarship & Junior Member Exhibition,” Salmagundi Art Club, New York, New York

“LAND – ESCAPES,” Rivergarden Gallery, Denville, NJ
“Timeless, The Art of Drawing,” Curated by Ann Aptaker, The Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ
“THE FIGURE:  A Celebration,” BOI’s of New Hope Gallery, New Hope, PA
“SETH RUGGLES HILER:  A Spring Awakening,” Private Exhibit, Rockaway Twp., NJ

“Francis McMillan Parks,” Academic Portrait Installation, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
“Distant Lands,” Solo Art Exhibit & Voice Recital Collaboration, Grace Church, Madison, NJ

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

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


2013        Frank Dumond Award, “Scholarship & Junior Member 2013 Exhibition,” Salmagundi Club, NY, NY
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


2014    Kaufman, Joanne, “His Decor:  Absolutely in Character,” New York Times, October 3, 2014
2013    Kiefer, Eric, “Portraits of a Neighborhood,” Montclair Times, December 9, 2013
2013    Beckerman, Jim, “Passaic Artists Thriving Together in Old Factories-Turned-Studios,” Bergen Record, October 23, 2013
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,”, 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


“STRANGERS: an exhibit of portraits”

The Wix Lounge
235 West 23rd St, 8th Floor – New York, NY – 646.862.0833
Through October 15, 2014 – Open Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm

This multi-layered group show by guest curator Luis Martin of Parenthesis Art Space shows the work of seven artists who where asked to paint portraits of each other as strangers and then walked away more than acquaintances.  The work was initiated at the Pop-Up communal studio at Parenthesis Art Space at Brooklyn Brush Studios 203 in Bushwick.

“Unity of the Spheres”

CCM Visual Arts Gallery
County College of Morris, Sherman H. Masten Library
214 Center Grove Road, Randolph, NJ – 973.328.5000
Through November 15, 2014

This exhibition brings together over 70 regional artists in collaboration with CCM Adjunct Professor Barry Zawacki. Zawacki created a large number of ceramic spheres, platters or disks employing a range of techniques and media onto his saggar-fired pieces. He then presented the pieces to many of his artist colleagues to join him in a collaborative artistic expression of his “spheres.”


“Faces of SAGE”
18 portraits of SAGE members by Seth Ruggles Hiler
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.

Seth Ruggles Hiler