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Foster Willey

755 N Prior Ave. Suite 114
St. Paul, MN 55104, U.S.A.
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Phone: 6127828629     Fax: 6127828629
Email: foster@fosterwilley.com
URL: http://www.fosterwilley.com

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I have been creating work in the public art realm for the past fifteen years. My work encompasses large-scale projects for various municipalities and design settings including commissions in bronze, fabricated metal, pre-cast concrete, terra cotta, and stone. I am very interested in the built environment as a context for public art; where sculpture and design meet to enrich daily life.

 

FOSTER WILLEY SCULPTOR LLC

755 N. PRIOR AVE. SUITE 114 ST. PAUL, MN 55104 612.782.8629

www.fosterwilley.com | foster@fosterwilley.com

 

COMMISSIONS

2016 ASCENT FOUNTAIN, Ames Center for the Performing Arts, Nicollet Commons Park, Burnsville, MN

18’ tall stainless steel and bronze signature sculpture at building’s main entrance. Artwork features three overlife-size bronze eagles that soar thru curvilinear stainless steel trellis. Commissioned by the Burnsville

Community Foundation and dedicated to the memory of Ken Slipka

 

2014 FACES OF RONDO, Victoria Street Station, METRO Green Line, St. Paul, MN

Integrated transit station public art with commemorative bas-relief portraits and highlights from the historic St.Paul Rondo neighborhood. Six large precast architectural concrete sculpted portrait panels, with supportingtext engraved in brick, embellish the street elevations. The train platform contains sixteen sculpted terra cottaportraits depicting community leaders and surrounding landmarks. Metropolitan Council, St. Paul, MN

 

2014 HAMLINE PRAIRIE STATION, Hamline Avenue Station, METRO Green Line, St. Paul, MN

Integrated transit station public art with contemporary interpretations of regional Prairie School Architecture inartist’s terra cotta designs, repeating decorative elements, chromatic glazed brick and water-jet cut steel

patterns. Metropolitan Council, St. Paul, MN

 

2013 REGENERATION, Healing Garden at Owatonna Hospital, Owatonna, MN, Allina Hospitals & Clinics

Large bronze sculpture abstracting phoenix and flame forms to represent healing and spiritual aspirations.

2013 LEADERS WALL, 4TH AVE. S. BRIDGE ENHANCEMENTS, Minneapolis, MN

Fifty life-size portraits of community leaders along the Midtown Greenway, Signage identifying individuals andLED lighting added to enhance site. Originally commissioned in1998 and recast in 2007.

 

2010 TRISKELE, Robert Trail Library, City of Rosemount, MN

Large bronze sculpture and cast stone base with inlay, depicts three spirals, inspired by Celtic Art and local

Irish community. It is prominently located in the front lawn of the public library.

 

2010 MINNESOTA MENAGERIE, Bronze, terra cotta and pre-cast concrete way finding for the downtown

Minneapolis Convention Center in collaboration with SRF Architects, City of Minneapolis & Art in Public Places

 

2009 THE BEE WAY, Shops at The West End, St. Louis Park, MN

Sculptural Plaza with wind-activated welded aluminum kinetic sculptures, cast stone columns with inset terra

cotta, cast stone bench with bee wings; water-jet, powder coated steel. Artwork pays homage to the Honey

Bee & the Beehive Barbeque. City of St. Louis Park, MN, Duke Realty, Anderson Real Estate

 

2008 WINGED IRIS, Millennium Garden, Plymouth Creek Center, City of Plymouth, MN

Nine-foot tall bronze, abstract sculpture based on natural forms, located at the center of the garden arbor.

 

2007 LEADERS WALL, 4TH AVE. S. BRIDGE RESTORATION, Bronze, recast 50 portraits of community

Leaders in bronze, design amenities to enhance site, Art in Public Places, Minneapolis, MN

2006 CENTRAL AVENUE STELAE, Cast stone, bronze and terra-cotta, 10’ tall with seating,

Relief sculpture depicting the history of the neighborhood, Art in Public Places, Minneapolis, MN

 

2005 ANNUNCIATION, Church of the Annunciation, Minneapolis, MN

Seven-foot tall bronze, religious sculpture depicting the Virgin Mary, located at the church main entrance.

Facilitation by Bohemiawerks

 

2004 CENTRIFUGE, Nicollet Commons Park, Burnsville, MN

Award-winning monumental abstract sculpture cast in bronze with integral water feature, representing the

character and spirit of Burnsville. Other elements created for the park include fish and frogs located at the

water wall. Commercial Aquatics, Clark Engineering, Landscape Architects Dahlgren Shardlow & Uban, Inc.

 

2002 AMERICAN SWEDISH INSTITUTE, stone carving: gargoyles for porch restoration

Architect: Aaron Parker & Associates, Minneapolis, MN

 

1998 LEADERS WALL, 4TH AVE. S. BRIDGE, Cast Concrete, commissioned by the City of Minneapolis

Sculpt, mold and cast 50 life size portraits of community leaders past and present, faces blend with rock

Pattern of new bridge along Midtown Greenway, Minneapolis, MN

 

SELECTED

AWARDS/AFFILIATIONS

2015 CODAmagazine: Centrifuge is included in ‘Motion and Mobility’. Projects that are kinetic, suspended, timebased,or performance-driven", by CODAworx and CODAmagazine, an international online platform

showcasing commissioned public artwork.

 

2015 HANDMADE TILE ASSOCIATION, January Spotlight Artist Foster Willey Sculptor, LLC

Featuring tile work from Hamline Prairie Station & Victoria Station

 

2014 CODAmagazine: The Bee Way is selected and included in ‘The Art of Place’, by CODAworx and

CODAmagazine, an international online platform showcasing commissioned public artwork.

 

2014 MPR SOUND POINTS, Hamline Prairie Station & Faces of Rondo, Victoria Station: Audio tour of

Metro Green Line Public Art, stories behind the artwork, artist interview produced by Minnesota Public Radio

 

2013 MINNESOTA URBAN LAND INSTITUTE & SENSIBLE LAND USE COALITION: GREAT PLACES AWARD,

Centrifuge as featured public art element in Heart of the City’s Nicollet Commons Park, Burnsville MN

 

2012 CONSULTANT. St. Paul Street Design Manual,

Public Artist Team Member for Toole Design Group, Planning And Engineering, Silver Spring, MD

 

2011 MPR SOUND POINTS, Minnesota Menagerie & artist interview are included in Minnesota Public Radio & Cityof Minneapolis Art in Public Places audio tour

 

2007 MAYOR’S GREAT CITY DESIGN TEAM, 46th ST. CORRIDOR & SHOREHAM YARDS NE,

Mayor Rybak & the AIA Minnesota, Partner with communities to develop new design visions for the future.

2005 MCKNIGHT / FORECAST PUBLICATION, “You Are Here, exploring art in the suburbs”

Centrifuge is featured in Burnsville’s Heart of the City development.

 

2004 MINNESOTA CONCRETE & MASONRY CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION

Award of Excellence, American Swedish Institute restoration, stone carving

 

SELECTED

COMPETITIONS

2016 COMO TRANSIT IMPROVEMENTS, Original Artwork for Como Visitor Forecourt.

Finalist, partnered with Artist Valerie Jenkins, Concept based on armillary sphere including animals in basreliefand plant motifs referencing the Como Zoo and Conservatory, Friends of Como, St. Paul Parks

 

2016 ART ON THE TRAIL, West Des Moines, Iowa.

Finalist. Five sculptural columns with kinetic crown elements in various locations along the Jordan Creek Trailin West Des Moines, IA, Public Arts Advisory Commission and facilitated by Forecast Public Art

 

2015 NOTICE OF AWARD. Award for Integrated Public Art at three new stations, the METRO Green Line Extension,Southwest LRT Project, Metropolitan Council, St. Paul, MN: Wooddale, 21st Street, Penn Stations.

 

2014 GOVERNMENT SERVICES CENTER, Exterior Entry Plaza, Duluth, MN

Finalist, concept: Estuary Place, St. Louis County Public Art, Forecast Public Art

 

2013 TRIBUTE TO SHARON SAYLES BELTON, Third Ave. Bridge, Minneapolis, MN

Finalist, commemorative sculpture competition, Minneapolis Art in Public Places

 

2011 MINNESOTA STATE MOORHEAD, Public Art on Campus, revitalized campus,

Finalist, plaza design, partnered with Geoff Martin ASLA, concept: Knowledge Circle

 

2009 LAKE GEORGE FOUNTAIN, Public Artist and team member for Stantec Inc.

Partnered with Geoff Martin, ASLA, schematic design for fountain art elements

 

2008 ARTIST DESIGNED DRINKING FOUNTAIN, Minneapolis, MN

Finalist, public art competition, Minneapolis Art in Public Places

 

2007 ST. LOUIS PARK PUBLIC ART / FORECAST, St. Louis Park, MN

Finalist, public art competition, Wooddale site and Hoigard site

 

TEACHING

2002 - 2015 MINNETONKA CENTER FOR THE ARTS, Wayzata, MN

Figurative Sculpture, Bronze Casting & Stone Carving

EDUCATION

1984 - 1985 Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI. Bachelor of Fine Arts

1983 - 1984 Kendall School of Design, Grand Rapids, MI

1980 - 1981 The Naguib School of Sculpture, Chicago, IL

 

SELECTED

EXHIBITIONS

2016 ANNA RUSSO-SIEBER GALLERY, Solo Exhibition, Foster Willey: The Art of Transit,

Faces of Rondo, Hamline Prairie Station. 147 Fifth St. Benton Harbor, MI

 

2012 CREATIVE PROCESS: METRO TRANSIT GREEN LINE, Group Exhibition of participating artists

McKnight Foundation, Cynthia Binger Boynton Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

 

2011 BURNSVILLE PERFORMING ART CENTER, Group Exhibition: Three Minnesota Sculptors

Recent Work 12600 Nicollet Ave. Burnsville, MN

 

2011 ANNA RUSSO-SIEBER GALLERY, Solo Exhibition, Synthesis: Public Art by Foster Willey

147 Fifth St. Benton Harbor, MI

 

2007 THE PHIPPS GALLERIES, Solo exhibition, Form and Figuration

The Phipps Center for the Arts, 109 Locust St. Hudson WI

 

2005 WHAT IS PUBLIC ART, Invitational Exhibition, College of Visual Arts Gallery

College of Visual Arts, St. Paul, MN

 

2004 UPPER MIDWEST SCULPTURE SHOW, Juried Exhibition, Laura H. Miles Gallery

Minnetonka Center For The Arts, Wayzata, MN

 

2003 THE FIGURE SHOW, Juried Exhibition, Laura H. Miles Gallery

Minnetonka Center For The Arts, Wayzata, MN

 

2002 MINNESOTA MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, MINNESOTA BIENNIAL 2002

505 Landmark Center, 75 West 5th St., St. Paul, MN

 

1995 NECESSARY DIFFERENCES, Group Show

Katherine E. Nash Gallery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

1994 SOCIETY OF MINNESOTA SCULPTORS, Group Show

Lutheran Brotherhood, Minneapolis • Honorable Mention

 

1990 PAINTING & SCULPTURE, Solo Exhibition

Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph, MI

 

1987 5TH ANNUAL SOUTHWEST 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