Bio

By July 7, 2004March 25th, 2020About the Artist

F R E D E R I C K A F O S T E R

Artist, Curator, Educator, Activist

Represented by the Fischbach Gallery, Miami Beach, Florida

July 2019 Sage Assembly, Working Together towards Evidence-based Science, Seattle, WA

June-July 2018 Seattle Artist League, Art, Activism and the Salish Sea
In collaboration with Alan Honick, filmmaker, we gave a lecture illuminating issues facing the Puget Sound Basin, focusing on the loss of Chinook Salmon and Orca Whales, and some possible mitigations. I began teaching a class, “Art, Activism and the Salish Sea”, on June 12, 2018 and it will end July 17. I am introducing strategies for interventions, and helping artists articulate their projects, culminating in exhibitions, the first September 12, 2018 at the Seattle Artist League.

April 2018 Sage Assembly, Assembly: Algorithms and the Role of the Individual, Seattle, WA

April 2017 Sage Assembly, Presentation, and Performance, Exploring a Catastrophe to Water with Art and Science Seattle WA
Presented my paintings to the Sage Assembly (200+ attendees) and co-led with scientists a smaller group in an activity that included a performance with focus on the concurrent sewage spill in Puget Sound using a painting method developed by Randy Nichols. I also participated in 2018, an assembly on Algorithms and the Role of the Individual.

Art Education for the Blind
Collaborated with a braille artist, art historian/artist Hilda O’Connell and blind volunteers to develop verbal descriptions that could bring the artworks alive.
Foster Shapiro, Fredericka, and O’Connell, Hilda. “Early Renaissance,” Art History Through Touch and Sound. Developed by Art Education for the Blind, Inc,
http://www.artbeyondsight.org/handbook/acs-guidelines.shtml

I taught a class on Self Portraiture at the Doylestown Artist League in Pennsylvania, and before that a similar class at South Seattle Community College in Seattle.

Before moving to the East Coast, I taught Body and Soul Drawing with Selma Waldman at University of Washington Continuing Education and at the Factory of Visual Arts.

GUEST CURATOR

The Value of Water, Lisa Schubert, at the The Cathedral St. John the Divine, NYC invited me to join her team as the guest curator in a year-long exploration of water.
Chaired and produced a panel for this exhibition, and for the subsequent Value of Food Exhibition.

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014 Water Way
Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, Clarkson University, Beacon, NY
2013 Water Way
Fischbach Gallery, New York
2009 Waterway
Fischbach Gallery, New York
2006 Waterway
Fischbach Gallery, New York
2004 Water Way
Fischbach Gallery, New York
2002 Water Way
Fischbach Gallery, New York
1999 From the Ground Up, “Quiet House”, Invitational installation, Duvall, WA
1996 Deus/Virus: Transforming the Protease,
Riverrun Gallery, Lambertville, NJTransforming the HIV Protease,
The Norbert Considine Gallery at Stuart Country Day School,
Princeton, NJ


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019

 

 

2018

 

2017

“The Value of Sanctuary” Cathedral St. John the Divine, NYC
“Motherland: 2019 CoCA Members Show” Seattle, WA
Salish Sea Show,
Seattle Artist League, Seattle, WABig League Art Show,
Seattle, Artist League, Seattle, WA“18”Fischbach Gallery, Miami Beach, Fla.,
Clio Art Fair, NYC
2016 Think Big,
Fischbach Gallery, Miami Beach, Fla., online
The Endless Summer, Fischbach Gallery, Miami Beach, Fla., online
In Plain Sight/Hindsight, Fischbach Gallery, Miami Beach, Fla., online
The Value of Food Cathedral St. John the Divine, NYC, Curated by Kirby Gookin and Robin Kahn
2016 Think Big,
Fischbach Gallery, Miami Beach, Fla., online
The Endless Summer, Fischbach Gallery, Miami Beach, Fla., online
In Plain Sight/Hindsight, Fischbach Gallery, Miami Beach, Fla., online
The Value of Food Cathedral St. John the Divine, NYC, Curated by Kirby Gookin and Robin Kahn
2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004 Fischbach Gallery, NYC
2012 Value of Water, Cathedral St. John the Divine, NYC
Written on the Wind, Rubin Museum of Art, NYC
Places, Jim Kempner Fine Art, NY, NY
2004 les Fables de la Fontaine, The Meyerhoff Gallery, The
Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
The Flag Project, (String #5) Rubin Museum, NY, NY – ongoing
2003 Fables: The Jacob Lawrence Gallery, University of Washington,
Seattle, WA Well heeled, Kirkland Arts Center, Kirkland, WA
les Fables de la Fontaine, Temple University Rome, Italy Cenre pour L’art et la Culture, Aix-en-provence, France
Turtle Times, Studio D’Ars, Milan, Italy
2002 Mind/Body, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Lawrenceville, NJ, April: Kate Somers, Curator
2000 Painting 2000, Bumberbiennial, Seattle, WA, curator Matthew Kangas
Mary Mary, Seattle Underground Film Festival, Seattle, WA

FILM

Mary Mary, Foster and Christopher Young, 1999; official selection: Northampton Independent Film Festival, Short Program #4: Surreal Reels and the Seattle Underground Film Festival.

WRITING

“Artists Celebrate the Salish Sea,”by Fredericka Foster in Collaboration with 7 other artists, Amazon Paper Publishing.

“The Smaller the Theater, the Faster the Music,”by Philip Glass and Fredericka Foster, with Beth Jacobs, Beth for Nautilus.


“Early Renaissance,”
by Fredericka Foster Shapiro and Hilda O’Connell forArt History Through Touch and Sound. Developed by Art Education for the Blind, Inc, Collaborated with a braille artist, art historian/artist Hilda O’Connell and blind volunteers to develop verbal descriptions that could bring the artworks alive.

PRESS / MEDIA

2017
Interview for Praxis Interview Magazine
on WYBCX Yale University Radio, with Brainard Carey

2014
Video profile,“Like a Circle in Water” Part of the Elements series, commissioned by Tricycle Foundation, directed by Andrew Chan Gladstone; Summer. Official selection: Awareness Film Festival, Los Angeles, California; Blue Ocean Film Festival, St. Petersburg, Florida.
“SPOTLIGHT ON Fredericka Foster”, Tricycle Magazine, Summer
Paul Smart, “Going with the Flow: Water Paintings by Fredericka Foster at Beacon Institute,” Hudson Valley One, March

2013
Stephanie Strasnick ARTnews; “reviews: new york, Fredericka Foster”, September, NYC
Stephen Maine “Into the Deep”, Water Way, Fischbach Gallery, NYC

2012
Dovilas Bukauskas, “The Value of Water“, World Policy Blog, reproduction of “San Francisco Bay Diptych”

2011
Hrag Vartanian, “Manhattan Cathedral Explores Water in Art,” Hyperallergic, October
Diana Rico, “Guest artists: ‘The Value of Water’ at St. John the Divine,” Holy Waters, October
Molly Cotter, “Manhattan Cathedral Examines “The Value of Water” in a New Star-Studded Art Exhibition,” inhabitat, October
Jamie Leo, Robin Madel, Kai Olson-Sawyer, “Through Art, the Value of Water Expressed“, GRACE, September

2009
Carter Ratcliff , “An Aqueous Cosmology: The Art of Fredericka Foster”, Waterway, Fischbach Gallery, NYC

2005
Tricycle Magazine, Vol. XIV No. 4 Summer, “What the Water Knows,”reproduction of “Norwegian Fjord I”

2002
Elizabeth Neuman, “Fredericka Foster: Water Way”, NY Arts, April
Deloris Tarzan Ament, Mary Randlett, Iridescent Light; The Emergence of Northwest Art, University of Washington Press

2000
Tricycle Magazine, Vol. IX No. 4, Summer. Full page reproduction of painting, “Buddha”
“The Spiritual Journey: Interfaith Perspectives” Foster paintings shown throughout, Galen Films/Romano Productions, presented to the Parliament of
the World’s Religions by the Auburn Theological Seminary and the Temple of Understanding.

EDUCATION

B.A. in Art, University of Washington 1972 Factory of Visual Arts, 1972-3

COLLECTIONS

Commerce Bancshares, Comcast Corporation, Garrison Institute, Garrison, NY,
General Electric, Merck and Company, Microsoft Corporation, Morgan Stanley