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|There is a wonderful article and short broadcast by NPR-affiliate station WBFO in Buffalo, NY about Thomas Paquette and his landscape paintings, and their relation to appreciation of natural environments. The article and show were presented Feb. 20th, 2017 by the Morning Edition hosts Jay Moran and McKenna Moran titled "Artist remains committed to cherished landscape". You can visit their site here, and listen to the broadcast here. In addition, there are two more recent interviews: A news segment interview of Thomas Paquette in his studio by Jay Moran where they discussed our culture's likely legacies, among other things, and you can listen here; As well as a previously recorded live interview of Thomas conducted by host Katie Carter of KAXE studios, the NPR affiliate station in Bemidji, MN, where they talked about what makes oil paint special and how people should probably not hop freight trains. You can listen here.
The paintings of Thomas Paquette (b. 1958, Minneapolis) have shown in prominent galleries from coast to coast, including solo exhibitions in Chicago, Minneapolis, New York City, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Washington DC, and in Maine and several other states. Museum venues for his solo exhibitions include Erie Art Museum, Evansville Museum of Art, Georgia Museum of Art, The Rockwell Museum, Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Wildling Art Museum, Quick Center for the Arts, among others.
Besides some large corporate (Federal Reserve Bank, Queen Mary II) and public (States of Maine, Minnesota, Montana) commissions, his paintings have been selected to hang in eighteen U.S. embassies on five continents, including Rome, Athens, Vienna, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Lithuania, Taipei, and Santiago.
Among other places, Thomas was artist-in-residence at three National Parks (Acadia, Yosemite, Rocky Mountain), the American Academy in Rome, the Aegean Arts and Cultural Exchange (Greece), Blue Mountain Center, and, for three years, at the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (Miami).
Thomas lives in northwestern Pennsylvania with his artist wife, Ellen. He received his BFA in Painting from Bemidji State University in 1985, graduating summa cum laude. Since earning his MFA in Painting from Southern Illinois University in 1988 on full fellowship, he has worked full-time as a painter and has lectured in Greece, Wales and England as well as in the U.S.
A large traveling solo exhibition of his paintings, titled On Nature's Terms: Paintings by Thomas Paquette commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, traveled in 2014 and 2015 to museums in California, Indiana and New York. Concurrently in 2015, the Rockwell Museum [Corning, NY] hosted a solo exhibition of his paintings, Touching on Water.
Thomas is currently working on paintings from the entire length of the Mississippi, which will show in museums in 2018-19.
"These are paintings gesturally accomplished, narrative but not literal and ... almost aching in their beauty.... It is that soul that the viewer seeks and, in work after work, finds. These are irresistible paintings." —Philip Isaacson, Maine Sunday Telegram.
"What Paquette creates are enticing, balanced, glowing images ... rich, filled with light, and ... composed in such an eye-pleasing way that the viewer can’t help but want to wander around inside them." —Roslyn Stendahl, “Roz Wound Up” blog.
Education: MFA - Southern Illinois University, Painting, 1988 full Graduate Fellowship. BFA - Bemidji State University, Painting, 1985 summa cum laude.
Selected Solo Exhibitions:
2018- Upcoming Traveling Exhibition, April 20-August 26, "America’s River Re-Explored: Paintings of the Mississippi from Source to Gulf", featuring paintings from a three-year endeavor of travels up and down the 2,300-mile length of the Mississippi River, from its source in northern Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico, Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Winona, MN, then onto Watermark Art Center, Bemidji, MN, September 7-October 31, 2018 and then the Dubuque Museum of Art, Dubuque, IA, February-June, 2019, and you can view his latest Gallery Walk & Talk video "America's River Re-explored" here. October 4 - 28, five-artist show, "People, Places, Things", Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA. November 9-December 17, group show, "The Brinton 101", Brinton Museum, WY.
2017- June 25-July 16, exhibited, group show, "Resting Place: The American Landscape", nine paintings shown, Main Gallery, Strohl Art Center, Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY. July 30, at noon, Tom will give a presentation about painting wilderness areas and the Mississippi River at Wild America Nature Festival which is hosted by Panama Rocks Scenic Park and the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History.
2016- September 14-October 11, exhibition, solo show, "Itinerant Views", 30 works of oil and gouache paintings, Thiel College's Weyers-Sampson Art Gallery, Greenville, PA, followed by an informal gallery talk by the artist Thomas Paquette to students and anyone who shows up at the closing reception on Tuesday, October 11 at 3pm.
2015- Rockwell Museum, Corning, NY. Evansville Museum of Art, Evansville, IN. Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.
2014- Quick Center for the Arts, St. Bonaventure, NY. Wildling Art Museum, Solvang, CA.
2013- Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.
2012- Groveland Gallery, Minneapolis, MN.
2011- Dowling Walsh Gallery, Rockland, ME. Groveland Gallery, Minneapolis, MN.
2010- Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, Jamestown, NY. Windham Fine Art, Windham, NY.
2009- Dowling Walsh Gallery, Rockland, ME.
2008- Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Wayzata, MN. Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Greensburg, PA. Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.
2007- Hoyt Institute of Fine Art, New Castle, PA. Mercyhurst College, Erie, PA.
2006- Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.
2005- Somerville Manning Gallery, Greenville, DE. Jameson Gallery, Portland, ME.
2004- Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA.
2003- Jameson Gallery, Portland, ME. Flanders Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, MN.
2002- Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, VT.
2001- Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA. Aucocisco Gallery, Portland, ME.
2000- Flanders Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, MN. Southern Illinois University Museum, Edwardsville, IL. American Academy in Rome, Italy (studio exhibition).
1998- Flanders Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, MN.
1997- Maine State Capitol, Augusta, ME.
1996- Fischbach Gallery, New York, NY.
1994- Lydon Fine Art, Chicago, IL. Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME.
1993- University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME.
Selected Group Exhibitions:
2016- U.S. Embassy in Vilnius, Lithuania for the painting "Between Voyages" (36" x 46", oil on linen) where it will be on display for the duration of Ambassador Anne Hall's tenure there. October 21-January 8, 2017, group show, "As We See It: The Collection of Gail and Ernst von Metzsch", New Britain Museum of American Art Museum, New Britain, CT. September 10-October 16, exhibition, group show, "4th Annual Small Works Show", in the Jacomien Mars Reception Gallery of The Brinton Museum, Big Horn, WY.
2014- Arcadia Contemporary, New York, New York, "Summer Selections", The Brinton Museum, Big Horn, WY, "Small Works".
2012- U.S. Embassy in Libreville, Gabon. U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan. U.S. Embassy in Georgetown, Guyana.
2011- Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Winona, MN, "The Raging Red and the Mighty Mississippi".
2010- U.S. Embassy in Athens, Greece.
2009- D. Wigmore Fine Arts, New York, NY, "Adirondack Art Today". U.S. Embassy in Brazzaville, Congo.
2008- Roberson Museum, Binghamton, NY, "Visions of the Susquehanna" Exhibition traveled also to: Governor's Residence, Harrisburg, PA, 2007; Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown, MD, 2007; Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, PA, 2006; Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, PA, 2006.
2007- Crary Art Gallery, Warren, PA, "Picturing Wilderness". Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, "American Arcadia". U.S. Embassy in San Salvador, El Salvador.
2005- Seton Hill University, Greensburg, PA, "Two Artists/Multiple Views" (two-artist show). U.S. Embassy in Athens, Greece.
2004- Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Greensburg, PA "Along the Lincoln Highway".
2003- The American Institute, Taipei, Taiwan. U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
2002- Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, MN, "Defining a Collection: Recent Art Acquisitions". Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC, "Recent Acquisitions". U.S. Embassy in St. Petersburg, Russia, "Natural America". U.S. Embassy (OSCE) in Vienna, Austria.
2000- U.S. Embassy in Rome, Italy (7 paintings selected).
1999- Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston, ME, "The Joy of Collecting Art in Maine". L.C. Bates Museum, Hinckley, ME, "Looking at Katahdin".
1998- U.S. Embassy in Santiago, Chile. Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston, ME, "The History of Oil Sketching in Maine".
1997- Beach Museum of Art, Manhattan, KS (and traveling), "Buildings and Landscapes".
1995- U.S. Embassy in N'Djmena, Chad.
1991- Bass Museum of Art , Miami Beach, FL, "Three Fellows (of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts)".
1990- Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL "Art in Miami Collections". Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL "Contemporaries in our Midst" (Fellows of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts).
2012- Visiting Artist, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL.
2011- Artist Residency, Blue Mountain Center, Blue Mountain Lake, NY.
2006- American Artists Abroad, U.S. Department of State and U.S. Embassy in Athens.
2005- Special Opportunity Stipend, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
2004- Artist Residency, Robert M. MacNamara Foundation, Westport Island, ME.
2000- Visiting Artist Residency, American Academy in Rome, Italy - paintings from this residency.
1999- Artist Residency, USM/Aegean Arts and Cultural Exchange, Greece - paintings from this residency. Visiting Artist, Plymouth University, Exeter, England. Visiting Artist, University of Wales, Cardiff, Wales.
1998- Travel Grant, John Anson Kittredge Educational Fund, Cambridge, ME.
1997- Artist-in-Residence, Yosemite National Park, Yosemite, CA.
1994- Artist-in-Residence, Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, ME.
1993- Artist-in-Residence, Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, CO. Shep Forest Fellowship, Millay Colony for the Arts, Austerlitz, NY.
1989-1991- CAVA Fellowship and Residency, National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, Miami Beach, FL.
1985- Full Graduate Fellowship, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.
2015- International Center for Watercolor, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo, NY. Rockwell Museum, Corning, NY. Evansville Museum, Evansville, IN.
2014- Quick Center for the Arts, St. Bonaventure, NY. University Club of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA. Wildling Art Museum, Solvang, CA.
2012- Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville.
2008- Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Greensburg, PA. St. Vincent College, Latrobe, PA. Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Wayzata, MN.
2007- Mercyhurst College, Erie, PA. Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro, PA.
2006- Veria Public Library, Veria, Greece. American University, Athens, Greece.
2004- Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA.
2001- Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA.
1999- Plymouth University, Exeter, England. University of Wales, Cardiff, Wales. Glamorgan Centre for Art, Cardiff, Wales.
1993- University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME.
1990- Miami Dade College, Miami, FL.
Selected Public Art & Commissions:
2003- Queen Mary 2, Cunard Line.
1999- College of Technology, Montana State University.
1998- Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN -- Four large paintings.
1996- Central Lakes College, Brainerd, MN -- 6-1/2 by 32 feet painting.
1991- Central Lakes College, Brainerd, MN -- 4 x 8 foot painting.
1990- Centennial State Office Building, St. Paul, MN -- 5 x 11 foot painting.
Collections: "Headland", 50" x 40" oil on linen, Permanent Collection of the US Embassy, NATO Brussels, Belgium, Art in Embassies, US Department of State; Acadia National Park Museum; Assured Guaranty Municipal Corp; Banknorth; Beach Museum of Art; Brinton Museum; L.L. Bean; Carlson School of Management; Cigna Museum; Colby College; Collier Shannon Scott; Commerce Bancshares; Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers Erie Art Museum; Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis; Fleet Bank Boston; Fidelity Investments; Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum; Georgia Museum of Art; Ministry of Economics, Taiwan, R.O.C.; Minnesota Pollution Control Agency; Minnesota Historical Society; Mint Museum of Art; National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts; New Britain Museum of American Art; Peace Health St. Joseph Medical Center; Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual Insurance; Portland Museum of Art; Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History; Smith Barney; Southern Illinois University Museum; SPX Corporation; State of Maine; State of Minnesota; State of Montana; Susquehanna Heritage Region –Art Collection; Thomson Financial; UNUM; U.S. Department of State U.S.T.; United States Department of State, Art in Embassies Program; Wells Fargo; Westmoreland Museum of American Art; Western Illinois University; Yosemite National Park Museum; ...and many private individual collections of note.
Publications/Articles: American Art Collector, article "Atmospheric Lands", by John O'Hern, September Issue, featuring four landscape paintings by Thomas Paquette, 2018. Plein Air Magazine, article "Beaches and Coastlines", by Keely Kane, August-September Edition, half-page image featuring Thomas Paquette's painting "Palimpsest" (36 x 48 inches, the "final" painting of the Mississippi in his current 2018 exhibition), 2018.
Artist’s Website: thomaspaquette.com
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(Source: Biographical information supplied by permission from the artist, and his personal website, portrait photograph by Jeremy Jeziorski; AskArt.com.)
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