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Foster Willey Jr.

607 22nd Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418, U.S.A.
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Phone: 612-782-8629     Fax: 612-782-8629
Email: fosterwilley@earthlink.net
URL: http://www.fosterwilley.com

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My work is both abstract and representational. My interest in the figurative tradition, classical form, and architectural ornament are central to my creative efforts. Of equal importance is the influence of the early modernist from which my explorations in abstraction have evolved.

I have completed commissions in bronze, welded steel, cast concrete, wood, and stone. I have participated in numerous design settings including large scale projects for various artists and municipalities.  I believe public art is a synthesis of artistic vision, community interests, and architectural considerations.

 


COMMISSIONS

  • 2005 CENTRAL AVENUE GATEWAY, Three Contemporary Stele , cast concrete, bronze, & terra cotta 10’ tall with seating, releif sculpture depicting the history of neighborhood, Minneapolis, MN
  • 2004 ANNUNCIATION, Bronze, religious sculpture depicting the Virgin Mary, seven feet tall, located at main entry. facilitation by Bohemiawerks, Church of the Annunciation, Minneapolis, MN
  • 2004 CENTRIFUGE, Bronze, monumental abstract sculpture with water feature for Nicollet Commons Park Dahlgren, Shardlow, and Uban, Architects, Burnsville, MN
  • 2003 FISH & FROGS, Bronze elements for water wall at Nicollet Commons Park Dahlgren, Shardlow, and Uban, Architects, Burnsville, MN
  • 2002 AMERICAN SWEDISH INSTITUTE, stone carving: gargoyles for porch restoration architect: Aaron Parker & Associates, Minneapolis, MN
  • 2001 GOLDEN SECTION, Bronze & Resin, relief panels depicting golden section private commission: Ronald Starzinski, Minneapolis, MN
  • 1999 BROTHERS KARAMAZOV, Stone Carvings, two carved busts in Alabaster 3/4 life size private commission: Paul Dorn , Minneapolis, MN
  • 1998 ASCENDING RHYTHM, Bronze & Resin, abstract relief sculpture 10 ft tall, for atrium Ames Business Center, Burnsville, MN
  • 1998 4TH. AVE. S. BRIDGE PROJECT, Cast Concrete, commissioned by the City of Minneapolis sculpt & cast 50 life size portraits of community leaders past and present, faces blend with rock pattern of new bridge along midtown greenway , Minneapolis, MN
  • 1994 COMMEMORATIVE PORTRAITS, Bronze, Alvin and Emily Tedrow Little, Challenger Learning Center, Kalamazoo Public Museum, Kalamazoo, MI
  • 1987 THE RESURRECTION, Mahogany, Woodcarving 9 ft tall St. Joseph Catholic Church, St. Joseph, MI
  • 1986 SEATED FIGURE, Welded Steel, entry way sculpture, Gantos Corporation Headquarters, Grand Rapids, MI

COMPETITIONS / CONSULTING

  • 2004 ST. PAUL PUBLIC ART, St. Paul, MN planning committee for Stone Carving Symposium / 2005
  • 2001 ST. LOUIS PARK TOWN GREEN PROJECT / FORECAST, St. Louis Park, MN selected as artist design consultant for development of urban center
  • 2001 MARCY-HOLMES NEIGHBORHOOD GATEWAY PROJECT, Minneapolis, MN Finalist, sculpture competition, Minneapolis Arts Commission
  • 2000 KIRCHBAK GARDENS / FORECAST PUBLIC ARTWORKS, Richfield, MN Finalist, sculpture competition
  • 1998 COLUMBIA PARK NEIGHBORHOOD GATEWAY PROJECT, NE Minneapolis, MN Finalist, sculpture competition, Minneapolis Arts Commission
  • 1991 HERMANN MONUMENT LION COMPETITION, New Ulm, MN 1st Place – Model selected to complete 1897 monument listed in the National Register of Historic Place

RELATED WORK EXPERIENCE

  • 1988 – 2003 INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR, Minneapolis & St. Paul, MN / Ornamental Specialties
  • 2001 - 2003 GRUPPO, Minneapolis, MN, Architectural Metals/Graphics
  • 1993 ANDREW LEICESTER STUDIO, Minneapolis, MN project: Castle of Perseverance, University of Nebraska, Omaha, NB, co-design & fabricate all sculpted ornamentation in terra cotta
  • 1992 project: The Zanja Madre Los Angeles, CA, fabricate sculpted ornamentation in bronze & terra cotta
  • 1995 DOUG FREEMAN SCULPTURE STUDIO, Minneapolis, MN project: Lucky Seven Gods of Japan, Akabani Plaza, Tokyo, Japan fabricate rubber molds for bronze Foster Willey Jr. / 607 22nd. Ave NE, Mpls, MN 55418 / 612-782-8629

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS / AWARDS

  • 2005 WHAT IS PUBLIC ART, Invitational Exhibition, CVA Gallery College of Visual Arts, St. Paul, MN 55102
  • 2004 UPPER MIDWEST SCULPTURE SHOW, Juried Exhibition, Laura H. Miles Gallery Minnetonka Center For The Arts, Wayzata, MN 55391
  • 2003 THE FIGURE SHOW, Juried Exhibition, Laura H. Miles Gallery Minnetonka Center For The Arts, Wayzata, MN 55391
  • 2002 MINNESOTA BIENNIAL 2002, Minnesota Museum of American Art 505 Landmark Center, 75 West 5th St., St. Paul, MN 55102
  • 2002 SOCIETY OF MN SCULPTORS, Group Show Premier Gallery, 141 South 7th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55404
  • 2000 ART JONES GREATEST HITS 2000 Art Jones Gallery, 1113 East Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404
  • 1998 TRANSITIONAL FIGURE / PAINTING & SCULPTURE, Solo Exhibition Normandale Community College, Bloomington, MN 55418
  • 1997 EROTICA, Group Show The Space Gallery, Minneapolis, MN 55418
  • 1995 NECESSARY DIFFERENCES, Group Show Katherine E. Nash Gallery, U of MN Minneapolis, MN
  • 1994 SOCIETY OF MN SCULPTORS, Group Show Lutheran Brotherhood, Minneapolis • Honorable Mention
  • 1991 GROUP SHOW, Juried Exhibition Artifax Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
  • 1990 PAINTING & SCULPTURE, Solo Exhibition Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph, MI
  • 1987 5TH ANNUAL SW MICHIGAN REGIONAL Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph, MI • Honorable Mention
  • 1986 PAINTING AND SMALL SCULPTURE COMPETITION Lansing Art Gallery, Lansing, MI • Second Place, Painting
  • 1986 NEW PERSPECTIVES – THE HUMAN FIGURE Group Show, C. Corcoran Gallery, Muskegon, MI
  • 1981 AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph, MI • Best of Show

ART RELATED

  • 2005 MCKNIGHT / FORCAST PUBLICATION ,“You are Here, exploring art in the suburbs” “Centrifuge” is listed in Burnsville’s Heart of the City developement.
  • 1998 CUE AWARD, Fourth Avenue Bridge / sculptor, presented by the Mpls. Committee on Urban Environment
  • 1996 CUE AWARD, Art-A-Whirl planning committee, presented by the Mpls. Committee on Urban Environment
  • 1996 NORTH EAST MINNEAPOLIS ARTS ASSOCIATION ART-A-WHIRL, Board of Directors 98-99
  • 1981 – 1987 KINDEL FURNITURE COMPANY, Hand Carver Grand Rapids, MI

TEACHING

  • 2002 - MINNETONKA CENTER FOR THE ARTS, Wayzata, MN Figurative Sculpture & Bronze Casting

 EDUCATION

  • 1984 – 1985 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI, • Painting and Sculpture
  • 1980 – 1981 The Naguib School of Sculpture, Chicago, IL Traditional Figurative Sculpture
  • 1983 – 1984 Kendall School of Design, Grand Rapids, MI Fine Arts Major