Seth Ruggles Hiler is influenced by geography and the communities of his surroundings, whether at home in Brooklyn, New York or on the road painting America. He creates and records connections to people and place through his art. Seth paints portrait series which reveal the character and identity of subjects, while sharing the collective spirit that quilts their individuality together. He also focuses on painting the light and composition of nature within the American landscape, from the views of his travels en plein air and his photography when in the studio.
Seth received a BFA from Syracuse University in 2002 and an MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2005. He teaches portraiture at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan and is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Visual Arts at Bard High School Early College in Newark, NJ. Seth is currently the Artist in Residence at Bushwick Abbey in Brooklyn where he is a leader in creating and curating art projects which bring together local artists to build and strengthen connections in his community. He is the portrait painter of a new project called “Of Thee We Sing,” covering a much more ambitious canvas and larger neighborhood; that of America’s 50 States and surrounding territories.
The artist’s work is exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at galleries and institutions throughout the northeast and beyond. His solo exhibitions have included “NJ Emerging Artists Series: Seth Ruggles Hiler-Portraits” at the Monmouth Museum in Lincroft, NJ, “East of Orange” at Bergen College in NJ, “Faces of Sage” at the SAGE Center in Chelsea, “Portraits on Pine Street” at Gallery 73 See in Montclair, NJ,“STUDIO VISITS” at DUO Multicultural Center in Manhattan, and “Transitions” at the ANNEX Arts Space and “Painting America” at Throne in Brooklyn.