Seth Ruggles Hiler is most influenced by geography and the communities of his surroundings. He creates and records connections to people and place through painting and drawing. The artist received a BFA from Syracuse University in 2002 and an MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2005. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Visual Arts and the Founding Director of the Arts Program at Bard High School Early College in Newark, New Jersey, as well as part-time faculty at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Seth maintains a studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
His work is exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at galleries and institutions throughout the North East and in Canada, including the Monmouth and Morris Museums in New Jersey, New York City’s Salmagundi Club and Syracuse University. 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, and “STUDIO VISITS” at DUO Multicultural Center on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, and “Transitions” at the ANNEX Arts Space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The artist combines his drive for expression with the knowledge gained from his training. The result is a classical sensibility with a contemporary understanding of color and composition. He strives to go beyond creating likeness or surface description by expressing a momentary relationship to the subject or place, informed by a collection of past experiences. Ultimately, the main goal of viewing the final work is to share in that intimate exchange.