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“In creating a narrative of scale, light, shape, and surface the paintings become a record of accumulated decisions; Affirmations, denials of time recorded and remarked . . .”



Riley Brewster, was educated at Bowdoin College, in Maine, and received his MFA in Painting, from Yale University. He has taught at many institutions, including, Hampshire College, The New York Studio School, Dartmouth University, Bowdoin College and The University of Washington. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States. Brewster's work can be found in both private and public collections including the Davis Museum of Art, the Museum of Art (Portland, Maine) Vermont Studio Center, and the Yale University Museum of Art. Riley has also been awarded many residencies and fellowship opportunities, including, Visiting Artist Residency from Vermont Studio Center, Painting Fellowship from the Ingram Merrill Foundation, Painting Fellowship from the Pollock/Krasner Foundation.


1982    M.F.A., Painting, Yale University School of Art, New Haven, Connecticut

1978    Skowhegan School of Painting and sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine

1977    B.A., Studio Art, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine

1977    Yale University Summer School of Art at Norfolk. Norfolk, Connecticut

1977    New York Studio School, New York, New York

1976    St. Martins School of Art, London, England


Recent Solo Exhibitions


Fred Giampietro Gallery, New Haven CT (scheduled)


Union League Cafe, New Haven, CT


Gilbert Gallery, Miss Porter's School, Farmington, CT


Icon Contemporary Art, Brunswick, Maine

Wells St. Art Company, Fairbanks, Alaska


Jacob Lawrence Gallery, University of Washington Seattle Washington


"Works on Paper", Icon Contemporary Art , Brunswick Maine

"Ten Years of Printmaking", RKLGallery, Brooklyn, New York


"Paintings, Drawings, Prints", RKLGallery, Brooklyn, New York


Recent Selected Group Exhibitions


“Concrete and Shadows”

Curated by Stevgen DiGiovanni. Creative Arts Workshop. New Haven, CT

“Seeing in the Dark- Nocturnes” Curated by Stephen Kobassa..

 John Slade Ely House, New Haven CT (scheduled)


“The Faculty of the School of Visual Arts” Western Connecticut State University


“A Circulating Gallery” Curated by Stephen Kobassa, Director,

The Institute  Library of New Haven

“Crossing the Line: A Collection of Drawings” The Institute Library of Connecticut

Curated by Stephen Kobassa, Director, The Institute Library of New Haven


"The Sideshow Annual" Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn NY

"Inside, Outside and the Window: 3 Painters and 3 Forms of Spatial Engagement"

 Curated by Steven DiGiovanni. The Institute Library Gallery; New Haven CT

“Creativity and Compassion” Higgins Hall, Western CT State University


"Breaking Ground" Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT


"New Walls Fresh Paint" The Painting Center, New York, NY

"Shelf" group exhibition curated by Jim Hobbs, Copeland Road, London, UK

Faculty Show, Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT


"New Haven Selects" 1 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, CT


"Summer" Icon Contemporary Art, Brunswick, Maine


"The Fifteenth Anniversary Exhibition" The Painting Center, New York, New York

"181st Annual: An invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art." Museum of the National Academy of Design New York, New York

(National invitational/juried exhibition with catalogue)

"Contemporary Maine Printmaking" Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, Maine

"Gallery Artists" ICON Contemporary Art, Brunswick, Maine


"University of Washington Painting Faculty Exhibition", Gallery of the Seattle Academy of Fine Art


"Gallery Artists" ICON Contemporary Art, Brunswick, Maine

"The Means: Drawing" RKL Gallery, Brooklyn, New York

"Faculty of the Studio Programs" University of Washington School of Art

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