Sean Foley
seanfoley.net

Education
1993 M.F.A. The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
1991 B.F.A. Herron School of Art, Indianapolis, IN

Solo, Two, and Three Person Exhibitions
2012 Sean Foley & Josh Ferry, Aucocisco Gallery, Portland, ME
2011 Ruse, Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA
2011 Gift, Percent for Art, Falmouth Elementary School, Falmouth, ME
2008 Sean Foley & Yeshe Parks, Whitney Artworks, Portland, ME
2005 Rubes, Scuttlebutt, & Loggerheads, (solo) Irvine Contemporary, Washington, DC
Zip, ArtSpace, New Haven, CT, (3-person)
Sean Foley, Allston Skirt Gallery, Boston, MA
2004 Sean Foley & Michael Oatman, Mary Ryan Gallery, New York, NY
2003 Sean Foley & Kathy Bradford, Icon Contemporary, Brunswick, ME
2002 Sean Foley, Allston Skirt Gallery, Boston, MA
2001 Phantasmagoria, (solo) Maine Center for Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME
2000 Negotiating Figurative Abstraction, Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland, ME (3-person)
1998 Doodling: Drawings by Sean Foley, Susan Cummins Gallery, Mill Valley, CA
1997 Sean Foley: New Paintings & Drawings, Columbus Cultural Arts Center, Columbus, OH
Hodgepodge: Recent Work by Sean Foley, South Bend Art Museum, South Bend, IN
1996 New Paintings & Drawings, Hudson D. Walker Gallery, Provincetown, MA
1995 Bitter • Sweet: Paintings by Sean Foley, Waldo’s/Prince Ubu Gallery, Columbus, OH

Group Exhibitions
2016 Overgrowth, DeCordova Museum of Art, Lincoln, MA
Selections from the Collection of Mildred’s Lane: Part 1, Narrowsburgh, NY
2015 Maine Collected, Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston, ME
2014 A Gap in the Screen:Tracking the Trickster Through Myth and Art, Metcalf Gallery, Taylor University, Upland, IN
2013 Wall, Beeler Gallery, Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, OH
2012 Cause and Effect: Sean Foley and his Students, curated by Natalie Larsen, Birke Gallery,
Marshall University, Huntington, WV.
2009 Portland Museum of Art Biennial, Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME, catalogue
The Funnies, Whitney Artworks, Portland, ME
2008 Great Graphics: Drawings since 1970, Bowdoin Museum of Art, Brunswick, ME
2007 Big Bang: Abstraction in the 21st Century, DeCordova Museum of Art, Lincoln, MA. catalogue
Aqua Art Fair, Irvine Contemporary Art, Miami Beach, FL
Growing the Addison: New Acquisitions, Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA
2006 Cryptozoology, Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston, ME + H&R Block Artspace, Kansas City Art Institute,
Kansas City, MO, touring, catalogue.
Animalia, Irvine Contemporary Art, Washington, DC
Group Show, Irvine Contemporary Art, New York, NY
2005 American Academy Invitational Exhibition, American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY
New Acquisitions, DeCordova Museum of Art, Lincoln, MA
Scope Art Fair, Irvine Contemporary Art, Miami Beach, FL
Portland Show, Greenhut Gallery, Portland, ME
2004 NADA Art Fair, Allston Skirt Gallery, Miami Beach, FL
Recent Acquisitions, Bowdoin Museum of Art, Brunswick, ME
New Artists, New Visions, Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA
Naked, June Fitzpatrick Gallery, Portland, ME, curated by Kathy Bradford
Full Frontal Figuration, Irvine Contemporary Art, Washington, DC
The DeCordova Annual, DeCordova Museum of Art, Lincoln, MA
Exquisite Corpse Today, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, ME
2003 NADA Art Fair, Allston Skirt Gallery, Miami Beach, FL
Portland Museum of Art Biennial, Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME
Herron School of Art Centennial Exhibition, Herron Gallery, Indianapolis, IN
Passion, June Fitzpatrick Gallery, Portland, ME
2002 Postcards from the Edge, Sperone Westwater Gallery, New York, NY
2001 There’s a Monster… Emmanuel College, Boston, MA
What I Did This Summer, Allston Skirt Gallery, Boston, MA
Figstract Explosionism, Bridgewater / Lustberg / Blumenfeld Gallery, NY, NY
Abstraction: 22 Visions, Maine Art Gallery, Wiscasset ,ME
Maine Center for Contemporary Art Juried Biennial, Rockport, ME
Small World: Dioramas in Contemporary Art. Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA
6’ x18’ painted backdrop for Mark Dion’s “Concrete Jungle” diorama
1999 Group Exhibition, Anna Kustera Gallery, New York, NY
I Love New York, Ludwig Museum, Cologne, Germany
1999 9’ x 10’ painted sideshow banner for Mark Dion’s “Monster: Terror of Transylvania”
Regional Style: New Acquisitions, South Bend Art Museum, South Bend, IN
1998 Small Works, Susan Cummins Gallery, Mill Valley, CA
1998 Ohio Art League Juried Exhibition, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH
1997 A Change of Place: Ohio Arts Council Residencies, Riffe Gallery, Columbus, OH
1995 Nature Brueghelesque, Clark Gallery @ Fernwood Botanical Gardens, Niles, MI
New Orleans National, Still Zinsel Contemporary Fine Art, New Orleans, LA
Scene and Unscene, Eastern New Mexico, University, Portales, NM
Third Annual Juried Exhibition, Eleanor Heartney, 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA

Awards, Grants, Residencies
2014 Kohler Art / Insdustry Residency in Foundry, Brass, Iron, Kohler, WI
2013 Robert Rauschenberg Residency Fellowship, Captiva Isalnd, FL
2011 Golden Foundation Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
2010 Nomination, USA Artists Grant
2009 Purchase Award, Portland Museum of Art, 2009, Biennial, Portland, ME
2007 Nomination, Joan Mitchell Foundation
2006 Nomination, RISD/Target Emerging Artist Award / the RISD Athena Awards program
Artist in Residence, H&R Block Artspace, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
2005 American Academy of Arts and Letters Invitational Exhibition, New York, NY
2004 Faculty Development Grant, Maine College of Art
2003 Nomination, Tiffany Foundation
Nomination, Rolex Mentor Award
2003 Jurors Award, (Lois Dodd, Harry Philbrick, Mary Ryan) Portland Museum of Art Biennial
Purchase Award, Portland Museum of Art, Biennial, 2003, Portland, ME
2002 Acadia Summer Arts Program (A.S.A.P.) / Kamp Kippy, Bar Harbor, ME
2001 Faculty Travel Grant (England) Maine College of Art
2000 Juror’s Award, (Katy Kline, Linda Earle, Mark H.C. Bessire) Maine Center for Contemporary Art Juried Biennial,Rockport, ME
Faculty Development Grant, Maine College of Art
1998 Headlands Center for the Arts Residency, Sausalito, CA
Ohio Arts Council Project Grant
Juror’s Award, (Klaus Kertess) Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH
1996 Fine Arts Work Center Residency, Provincetown, MA
Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship
1995 Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Residency, Omaha, NE

Lectures and Panels
2016 Conversation with Deidre Barrett, Catalyst Conversations, Boston, MA, September
Lecture, Negotiating Wonder, Creativity Summit, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH
Curatorial Conversation with Denise Markonish, New Art Center, Newton, MA
2015 Discussion, Wonder, with Jen Bervin, MAEA Conference, Clark Institute, Mass MoCA and MCLA, Williamstown and North Adams, MA, November 2015
2014 Lecture, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
2011 Lecture, On Wonder, Wonder of Learning, Reggio Emilia Symposium, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus , OH
2009 Lecture, Ball State University, Muncie, IN
2008 Moderator, On the Dark Side: Contemporary Artists discuss the Gothic, Panelists include: Fred Wilson, Laurel Nakadate, and Paul Shambroom, Columbus Museum of Art, OH
2008 Lecture, Collecting Wonder, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH
2006 Lecture, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
Panel Discussion Sean Foley, Marc Swanson, Jeffery Vallance, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
Ohio University, Athens, OH
2005 Cryptozoology and Art Symposium, “Monsters” Bates College, Lewiston, ME
Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME
2004 “Myth and Contemporary Painting”, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
2003 MLA Panel on the History & Historiography of Theory, “Parasites & Painting: Parasitcritical Options” Duke University, Durham, NC –co-presenter with Chris Thompson
Bates College, Lewiston, ME
Maine College of Art ,MFA Summer Lecture Series, Portland, ME
Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME
Herron School of Art, Indianapolis, IN
Commencement Address (Faculty), Maine College of Art, Portland,
Artists Now Symposium, Moderator, “Artist / Philosopher” with Shirley Kaneda and Saul Ostrow. Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
“Painting the Grotesque” ICA @ Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
1998 Colby College, Waterville, ME
Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA
1999 “Monster Painting” ICA @ Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
1996 “The Absorption of the Surrealist Aesthetic in the American Studio”, at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH
1996 Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Indiana Univeristy, Bloomington, IN
Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA
Columbus Cultural Arts Center, Columbus, OH
1995 Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE

Publications & Reviews
2016 Book, Explode Everyday, an Inquiry into the Phenomenon of Wonder, essay, Negotiating Wonder and Sean Foley and Denise Markonish in conversation with Lawrence Weschler, Denise Markonish, editor, Prestel, Munich, London, New York, 2016
Book, Maine Art Now, ed. Andy Versosa, forthcoming, Univ. Maine Press, forthcoming
2015 Catalog, WALL: An Exhibition of Installation Art, ed Michael Goodson, essay by John Yau, Columbus College of Art & Design, forthcoming
2014 Book, Arts/Industry: Collaboration and Revelation, ed. Ruth Kohler, John Michael Kohler Center for the Arts, Sheboygan, WI
Feature, Arts Residency Program Celebrates 40 Years, by Janet Wyandt, Associated Press, Saturday April 19, 2014
2013 Article, Where’s the Wonder, by Fred Burton, International Journal of Progressive Education, v9, n1, p109-118, February 2013
2012 Feature, A Gifted Educator, The Collection of George Smith, Maine Home + Design, April 2012, pp. 60-67
2011 Feature, Piece by Piece, by Daniel Grant, artnet.com, May, 20, 2011
Feature, Falmouth Forecaster, Falmouth Maine, August, 2011

Publications & Reviews continued
2009 Catalog, 2009 Portland Museum of Art Biennial, Portland, ME,
2008 Feature, More dad time…, Bob Keyes, Maine Sunday Telegram, August 3. 2008
2007 Feature, Ohio art fares well at Wexner, Julia Harris, onCampus, Ohio State, May17. 2007
Review, Cryptozoology, Gregory Sholette, Art Papers, Jan/Feb, 07
Review, Seeing a Pattern, Ken Johnson, The Boston Globe, February 2, 2007
Review, Ah,Painting!, Greg Cook, Boston Phoenix, January 29, 2007
Review, Big Bang!, Jason Feifer, The Weekly Dig, January 24, 2007
Preview, My Baby Shot me Down, Randi Hopkins, Boston Phoenix, January 9, 2007
2006 Catalog (contributing author & artist), Cryptozoology: Out of Time, Place, and Scale, ed. Mark H.C. Bessire, jrp/ringier publishers, Zurich, Switzerland, dist in the USA by D.A.P.
2006 Book Review, Craig Heinselman, www.cryptomundo.com/cryptozoo-news/cz-time/place-scale
Feature, Paranormal Art World, by John Shultz, Kansas City Star, October 25, 06
Feature, Crypto Maniacs, by Annie Fischer, The Pitch, Kansas City, MO October, 26,06
Feature Cryptozoology Symposium @ Bates College, Chris Thompson, Art New England
2005 Article, America Goes Cryptozoology Crazy, Mark Baird, Wired Magazine, Nov. 05
Feature, Not Yeti: Cryptozoology (symposium) at Bates College, Chris Thompson,Portland Phoenix, November 4, 05
Brochure, Zip, by Denise Markonish, Artspace, New Haven, CT June 05
Review, Zip, Judy Birke, New Haven Register, Sunday, June 5, 05
Feature, On the Wall, Stacey Chase, Boston Globe magazine, March 27, 05
Online, New in American Musuems, www.artnet.com/Magazine/news/ntm5/ntm3-1-21.asp
Review, Plenty more to see at Museum, Brunswick Times Record, Thursday Feb. 10, 05
Dispatch, Painter Sean Foley, Maine Sunday Telegram, January 9, 05
2004 Review, A Crowd in the Face, Glenn Dixon, Washington Post, Thursday, August 19, 2004 Review, Annual a la carte, Christine Temin, Boston Globe, June, 18, 04
Review, Revenge of the Smiley Faces, Christopher Millis Boston Phoenix, June 18, 04
Review, Decordova works magic of Imagination, Joanne Silver, Boston Herald, 6-18, 04 Interview, Believing Goya, Portland Phoenix, May 21, 2004
Review, Bowdoin keeps it Surreal, Maine Sunday Telegram, April 4, 04
2003 Review, Day-glo, by Chris Thompson, Portland Phoenix, August 22, 03
Catalog, 2003 Biennial, Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME
Review, The Verdict: Exhibit is “a must-see” by Pat Reef, Encore, Lewiston, ME May 2,03
Review, All too Human, by Chris Thompson, Portland Phoenix, February 14, 03
2002 Review, Of Ghouls and Fairies… by Cate McQuaid, Boston Globe, April 12, 02
Feature, Emerging Artist Sean Foley by Bob Keyes, Maine Sunday Telegram, Dec. 7, 03
2001 Review, A World of Things, by Edgar Allen Beem, Maine Times, December 6, 01
Review, Unusually Abstract…, by Edgar Allen Beem Maine Times, August 16, 01
2000 Review, Figstract Explosionism, The New Yorker, February 19 & 26, 01
Brochure, Negotiating Figurative Abstraction: “The Damned” by Mark H.C. Bessire, ICA @ the Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
Review, Great Guston’s Ghost, The Next Thing has Arrived! by Edgar Allen Beem, Maine Times, December 21, 2000
2000 Review, Figuratively Speaking, by Chris Thompson, Portland Phoenix, December 1, 2000
Feature, Grotesque Beauty: Monsters at the ICA, by Autumn Phillips, Times Record, Brunswick, ME, Thursday November 9, 2000 Catalog, Small World: Dioramas in Contemporary Art, by Toby Kamps, MCA San Diego
Feature, One Man’s Trash, by Robert L. Pincus, San Diego Union Tribune
Feature, Monster Mash, by Pat Sims, Casco Bay Weekly, October 27, 1999
Author, My Midwest, by Sean Foley, Dialogue, May/June 1999
1998 Review, A Change of Place, by Maria Troy, New Art Examiner, July/August 1998
1998 Catalog, New American Paintings: #17, Juror Carl Belz
Review, Half Full, Half Empty: The Perception of Place, by Christopher Yates, Dialogue, May/June 1998
Review, New Places, New Works, by Jacqueline Hall, Columbus Dispatch, Sunday February 8, 1998
Catalog, A Change of Place: Ohio Arts Council Residencies, by Holly Blake, Riffe Gallery, Columbus, OH
1997 Feature, Doodling, seriously, by Michael Grossberg, Columbus Dispatch, Thursday
December 4, 1997
1994 Artists Portfolio Project, Phat 50, Edition of 50, Ed Leisa Rundquist & William Tourtillotte, South Bend Art Museum, South Bend, IN
Description, Hodgepodge, by Leisa Rundquist, The South Bend Tribune, February 13,1997
Review, Bitter Sweet: Paintings by Sean Foley, by Eva Heisler, Columbus Dispatch, Sunday July 21, 1995
Author, Design Basics, fourth edition, by Laurer & Pentak, Harcourt Brace College Publishers, Fort Worth, TX
Review, New Orleans National, by Judith H. Bonner, New Orleans Art Review, Mar/Apr94
Feature, Festival Impressions, by Temple Custer, Lancaster Eagle Gazette, July 28, 1994
1993 Catalog, Scene and Unscene, Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, NM
Review, Hyperactive Art, by Pauline Roberts Pullen, Style Weekly Magazine, Richmond,VA

Teaching and Administrative Experience
2015-present Professor, College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, ME
2012 Senior Lecturer, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
2012-2008 Visiting Associate Professor, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Faculty Advisor for Organization of Art School Students Union At OSU
2009-2007 Non-Resident Studio Advisor, MFA program, Antioch University, Yellow Springs, OH
2008-2006 Senior Lecturer, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
2006-2004 Associate Professor of Painting, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
2004-2000 Chair, Painting Department, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
2008-1999 Non-Resident Studio Advisor, MFA program at MECA, Portland, ME
2004-2005 MFA Studio Advisor, Art Institute of Boston/Lesley University, Boston, ME
2005 Sabbatical Leave – Associate Professor of Painting & Drawing
2003-1998 Assistant Professor of Painting & Drawing, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
2003 Summer Faculty, Maine College of Art MFA summer intensive, Portland, ME
w / Suzanne Lacy, Sean Foley, Vito Acconci, Jane Lackey, Whitfield Lovell, Peter Robinson, Dara Birnbaum, and Hal Foster.
2003-2000 Visiting Artist Coordinator, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
Coordinated the following visits: Shirley Kaneda, Saul Ostrow, Lucky DeBellevue, Mark Dion, Bill Arning, Sarah Charlesworth, Geoffrey Hendricks, Kathy Bradford, Bill Horrigan, Alexis Rockman, spurse, Amy Yoes, Stefan Sagmeister, J. Morgan Puett, Kathy Butterly, Tom Burckhardt, Laura Lisbon, Suzanne Bocanegra, Hannaline Rogeberg, Amy Cutler, Lisa Gralnick, Melle Hammer, Mark Wethli, Tim Rollins, Hope Ginsberg, Stephen Pace, Harrell Fletcher, Richard Aldrich, Danica Phelps, Anne Harris, Bruce Pearson, Chris Martin, Ahmed Alsoudani
2002-1999 Summer Faculty, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA
2006-1998 SERVICE: Maine College of Art: Painting Department Chair. Personnel committee, grievance committee, five search committees, visiting artist committee, 2 advisory committee, foundation drawing committee, curriculum task force, library task force.
1998-93 Lecturer, Department of Art, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
1996 Visiting Lecturer / Critic, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
1993-92 Graduate Teaching Associate, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
1991 fall Graduate Teaching Assistant, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
1990 Artist in Residence, Indianapolis Children’s Museum, Indianapolis, IN

Courses Taught
2d Design, 2d Color, Color Encyclopedia, Drawing 1 & 2, Intermediate Drawing, Advanced Drawing, Figure Drawing, Contemporary Drawing Practices, Surrealism, Chance, & Accident (drawing), Play: Workshop, Drawing: Process of Play. Non-Objective Drawing, Foundations in Painting, Beginning Figure Painting, Intermediate Painting, Intermediate Figure Painting, Abstraction from Representation (painting), Abstraction: Concepts, Methods, Techniques, Drawing using the CNC and Laser Cutter, Painting : Special Topics, Junior Painting, Senior Painting, Advanced Painting, Junior Painting Seminar, Senior Painting Seminar. Professional Practices, Negotiating Wonder, MFA Seminar, Independent Study, Special Projects Advisor, MFA Studio, and MFA Seminar.
Other Professional Experience
2016-2013 Co-curator with Denise Markonish, Explode Everyday, An Inquiry into the Phenomenon of Wonder , group exhibition opening 2016, Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA, Artists: Jonathan Allen, Jen Bervin, Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paraval, Jason DeHaan, Sharon Ellis, Tom Friedman, Hope Ginsburg, Laurent Grasso, Pierre Huyghe, The Institute for Figuring, Nina Katchadourian, Charles Lindsay, Michael Light, Megan & Murray McMillan, Oakes Brothers, Demetrius Oliver, Julianne Swartz, Fred Tomaselli, and others.
Catalog Essays: Sean Foley, Sam Green, Robin Ince, Denise Markonish, Maria Popova, Kay Redfield Jamison, Mary Ruefle, Stefan Sagmeister, Barbara Maria Stafford, Jill Tarter, Lawrence Weschler.
2016-2014 Curator, TEMPO (Temporary Public Art Portland), Portland, ME
2014-2013 Art Advisory Committee, Victoria Mansion Contemporary Art Program, Portland, ME
2011 Gift, Percent for Art Commission, Falmouth Elementary School, Falmouth, ME
Fort, interactive play installation, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH
Juror, Sinclair Community College, Annual Student Exhibition, Dayton, OH
2016-2008 Advisory Board Member, Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts (idsva), Portland, ME
2007 Guest Curator and Author, “State Fare”, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH
Juror, Roy G. Biv Gallery, 08-09 season, Columbus, OH
2006 Author, “Cryptozoology as Art” Cryptozoology: Out of Time, Place, and Scale, ed. Mark H.C. Bessire, jrp/ringier publishers, Zurich, Switzerland
2003 ArtSpace Flatfile, New Haven, CT
2002 Acadia Summer Arts Program (A.S.A.P.) / Kamp Kippy, Bar Harbor, ME
1998-1997 Summer Faculty, Wexner Center Summer Youth Workshops, Columbus, OH
1996-1994 Head Book Buyer, Wexner Center for the Arts Bookshop, Columbus, OH
1991 Visual Arts Coordinator, Center for Exploration (CFX), Indianapolis Children’s Museum, Indianapolis, IN

Collections
Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA
Amerada Hess Corporation, New York, NY
Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston, ME
Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE
Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, ME
Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA
DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Garden, Lincoln, MA
John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
Kohler, Kohler WI
Naples Museum of Art, Naples, FL
Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME
South Bend Museum of Art, South Bend, IN
Allan Stone Collection, Purchase, NY
Gary Astrachan Collection, Portland, ME
Patrick McMullen, New York, NY
John Raimondi, New York, NY
Wayne Lawson, Columbus, OH
Private Collections Nationally