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Seth Ruggles Hiler is an artist located in Brooklyn. His first inspiration was the nature of northern New Jersey farmland. While at Syracuse University, Hiler’s creative interests bloomed into portraying the spirit of humans and the communities they create.  He went on to study figurative oil painting at the New York Academy of Art.  Hiler is currently Visual Arts Chair of the Bard Early College Network, as well as the Curator in Residence at Bushwick Abbey/Iglesia de la Santa Cruz.

“I paint moments of experience. Through layering of imagery, I encourage viewers of my art to unearth their own emotional takes, metaphors and narratives. As I move into more expressive abstraction in my painting, opportunities for dimensional layering of my experiences grow. This creative process of stacking moments became essential during the pandemic. At times, the most vivid way to connect to the outside world was through memory. We unfolded and rearranged moments from our past, and then we connected them to our surreal present.  When we step out into nature we are given the freedom to connect with a force that does not speak the language of scarcity.  My paintings attempt to reflect the abundance of the fields and skies which put the world into perspective for me.”

EDUCATION

 

MFA     New York Academy of Art, Graduate School of Figurative Art, New York, NY, 2005

 

BFA    Syracuse University, College of Visual and Performing Arts, Syracuse, NY, 2002    

 

 

SOLO ART EXHIBITIONS

 

2022 (upcoming)

“The Nature of Three,” The Levy Gallery, Memphis, TN

 

2019

“The Landscapes of Seth Ruggles Hiler,” The United Nations Global Compact Headquarters, NY, NY (currently installed)

 

2017

“Painting America,” Throne, Brooklyn, NY

 

2015

“Transitions,” ANNEX Arts Space, Williamsburg, NY

 

2014    

“The Paintings of Seth Ruggles Hiler,” Tides Art Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ

“Portraits on Pine Street,” Gallery 73 See, Montclair, NJ

 

2013    

“Studio Visits,” DUO Multicultural Arts Center, New York, NY

“East of Orange,” Bergen Community College, Paramus, NJ

 

2012    

“Faces of SAGE,” The SAGE Center, New York, NY (ongoing installation)

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

“Solos,” Gallery 33, Jersey City, NJ

 

2011     

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

 

2010     

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

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

 

2009       

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

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

 

2022

“The Woods for the Trees,” Hawk and Hive Gallery, Andes, NY

“Disruption:  Art of Change,” Atlantic Highlands Arts Council, Atlantic Highlands, NJ

 

2021 

”Being, Human: Portraits by Seth Ruggles Hiler & Steve Mantinaos,” curated by Patrick Neal, The Local NYC, Long Island City

“R(love)ution,”Artfront Galleries, Newark, NJ

 

2020

”Endangered, Can Art Save Them,” Art Impact International, online exhibition

 

2019

”un-Paralled:  The Journeys of Bob Hill and Seth Ruggles Hiler,” Art Institute at Maplebrook, Amenia, NY

“OUT/SIDE,” Curated by Ricardo Osmondo Francis, West Orang Public Library, West Orange, NJ

“Ribbon Cutting,” Curated by Rafael Cuello, Newark Pride Center, Newark, NJ

 

2018

“Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series,” The White Space Chelsea, NY, NY

“Which Hunt,” Friday Studio Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

“Out Loud,” Art Front Galleries, Newark, NJ

 

2017

“Self Portraits, Faculty and Staff Exhibition,”Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY

“The Transcendence of Us,” Brooklyn Fire Proof’s ‘Gallery 104,’ Brooklyn, NY

“Art at the Abbey,” The Great Hall Gallery, Brooklyn, NY - group show, curated by Seth Ruggles Hiler

"EVERYBOOTY," Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY

 

2016

“New Queer Art 2016,” DMAC Gallery, New York, NY

“Season of Creativity,” Palette Art Studio, Woodbridge, CT

“Artists Emerged: NJ Emerging Artists Series New Works,” Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ

“Personality Test, Contemporary Portraiture,” Mikhail Zakin Gallery, Demarest, NJ

"EVERYBOOTY," Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY

 

2015 

“X Contemporary Exhibition,” Art Basel, Miami, FL 

“KUNSTKAMMER,” Parenthesis Art Space, Brooklyn, NY

"EVERYBOOTY," Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY

"EVERYBODY IN LOVE" Brooklyn Community Pride Center, Brooklyn, NY    

“Selected Junior Scholarship Members Salmagundi Club,” Denise Bibro Fine Arts, NY, NY

 

2014     

“Strangers,” Curated by Parenthesis Art Space, The Wix Lounge, NY, NY 

“Unity of the Spheres,” CCM Visual Arts Gallery, Randolph, NJ

 

2013     

“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


 

TEACHING, LECTURES, ENGAGEMENTS & RESIDENCIES

 

2022                   Visual Arts Program Chair,  Bard Early College Network

 

2011 - present    Assistant Professor, Bard High School Early Colleges

 

2020         Louise T. Archer Artist-in-Residence, Memphis, TN

 

2019         Guest Speaker, “On Art & Nature,” United Nations Global Compact, NY, NY

 

2019         Presenter, “Trans-cen-der Art Group Artist Series,” Temporary Storage Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

 

2017 - 2018    Adjunct Professor, Fashion Institute of Technology, NY, NY

 

2017 - present    Artist in Residence, Bushwick Abbey, Brooklyn, NY

 

2017         Speaker, “Trans-cen-der Art Group Artist Series,” Temporary Storage Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

 

2016         Panelist, “NJ Artists Emerged Discussion,” The Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ

 

2013        Lecturer, “Portraiture:  Influence and Effect,” Bard High School Early College Newark, NJ

 

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

 

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

 

2011        Honored Jurist, “Member’s Exhibit” Art Alliance of Monmouth County, Red Bank, NJ

 

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

 

2010 & 2012    Speaker/Residency, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT


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

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