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The following is from the artist who lives in Warren, Pennsylvania:

Thomas Paquette is best known for the landscape paintings of America and Europe. He has exhibited throughout the eastern United States since the late 1980s.

Born in Minneapolis in 1958, Thomas Paquette was exposed early to the beauty and power of the landscape through extensive road travels with his family. This nurtured an even greater thirst for travel as an adult, and for ways to portray in painting poignant moments found in his geographical explorations.

Determined to be a painter since early childhood trips to the local art museum, Paquette has taken some detours toward his arrival as an artist. He dropped out of art school in his teens to follow his muse on long journeys of hopping freight trains and hitchhiking to such far-flung places as Alaska. Years later the artist decided to pursue again a formal education. Then considering his art something rather personal, he enrolled this time instead in pursuit of a degree in the study of nature. He entered as a student of "Environmental Studies" at a private college, but just a couple years later was thoroughly ensconced in the study of painting again. He went on to earn a bachelor's and then a master's degree in fine arts (BFA in painting from Bemidji State University and MFA from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville).

Within a few months of graduation from the master's program, he was awarded the prestigious Visual Arts fellowship/residency from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, a three-year paid artist residency in Miami Beach, Florida. Subsequently, he was also offered residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, the Bemis Foundation, and the Millay Colony, The American Academy in Rome, and with the USM/Aegean Cultural Exchange in Greece. Paquette has been commissioned several times to do public works.

His largest public work to date is "Tributary" for the State of Minnesota at the Central Lakes College - a thirty-two foot by seven and a half-foot canvas depicting a scene on the Mississippi. His one-man shows include museum shows at the Georgia Museum of Art, the Museum of Southern Illinois University; exhibitions at US Embassies in Vienna, St. Petersburg (Russia), Latvia, Chad, Santiago; and one-man shows in galleries in Chicago, New York, Minneapolis, Charlotte and other cities.

After the Florida fellowship ended in 1991, he moved to Portland, Maine for a decade to paint full time. He has since moved his permanent studio to Warren, PA, where he lives with his musician wife, painting full time still.

For inspiration, Paquette is an incorrigible traveler. He not only crisscrosses the continent of North America to paint, but frequents such places as the British Isles, Italy, the South of France, Greece and Turkey, painting usually small works on site.

Through his residencies and in other ways, Paquette has come to know several important living landscape painters personally, among them Neil Welliver and Wolf Kahn, from whom he draws camaraderie and inspiration. But his work seems most rooted in the romanticism of the second half of the 19th Century (George Inness, the Luminists, Caspar David Friedrich) as well as Fauve and French Impressionist influences.

EDUCATION
1988 MFA Painting Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL
1985 BFA Painting Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN

RESIDENCIES/FELLOWSHIPS/GRANTS
2000 Visiting Artist, American Academy in Rome, Italy
1999 Guest Artist, USM/Aegean Arts and Cultural Exchange, Greece
1999 Visiting Artist, Plymouth University, Exeter, England
1999 Visiting Artist, University of Wales, Cardiff, Wales
1999 Visiting Artist, Glamorgan Centre for Art, Cardiff, Wales
1998 Travel Grant, John Anson Kittredge Educational Fund
1997 Artist-in-Residence, Yosemite National Park
1994 Artist-in-Residence, Acadia National Park
1993 Artist-in-Residence, Rocky Mountain National Park
1993 Shep Forest Fellowship Residency, Millay Colony for the Arts
1989-1991 Fellowship-Residency, National Foundation for Advancement in Arts
1990 Staff Artist Residency, Vermont Studio Center
1990 Artist-in-Residence, Grand Marais Art Center
1985 Graduate Fellowship, Southern Illinois University

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2002
Flanders Contemporary Art (one artist), Minneapolis, MN
Bennington Center for the Arts (one artist), Bennington, VT, "Thomas
Paquette: Landscape Artist"
Crary Art Gallery (one artist), Warren, PA, "Thomas Paquette: The Land
Observed"
Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC, "Recent Acquisitions"
Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, MN, "Defining a Collection: Recent Art Acquisitions"
Art Gallery at University of New England, Portland, ME, "Four Maine
Treasure Troves"
U.S. Embassy in Vienna, Austria
U.S. Embassy in St. Petersburg, Russia, "Natural America"
The American Institute, Taipei, Taiwan
Greenhut Gallery, Portland, ME, "The Portland Show"

2001
Georgia Museum of Art (one artist), Athens, GA, "Vibrant Excursions"
Aucocisco Gallery (one artist), Portland, ME "Condensed Landscapes"
Gleason Fine Art (one artist), Camden, ME, "Paintings of Italy and Maine"
Center of the Earth Gallery (two artist), Charlotte, NC, "The Great Landscape"
Chewonki Foundation / The Earth Charter, Wiscasset, ME, "Sense of Place"
Chautauqua Center for the Visual Arts, Chautauqua, NY, "Nature"

2000
The Museum at Southern Illinois University (one artist), Edwardsville, IL, "Thomas Paquette"
Flanders Contemporary Art (one artist), Minneapolis, MN, "Recent Paintings"
Kimberly Greer Gallery (one artist), Northport, NY, "Intimate Landscapes"
U.S. Embassy in Rome, Italy (7 paintings selected)
Gurari Collections, Boston, MA, "Mediterranean Landscapes"
Flanders Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, MN
Wright Gallery, New York, NY
O'Farrell Gallery, Brunswick, ME, "Maine Mountain"
Silo Art Gallery, New Milford, CT, "Image and Imagery"
Gleason Fine Art, Camden, ME

1999
Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston, ME "The Joy of Collecting Art in Maine"
L.C. Bates Museum, Hinckley, ME, "Katahdin, the Artists Inspiration"
OFarrell Gallery, Brunswick, ME "Maine Landscape"
Flanders Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, MN "The Art of Collecting"
Center of the Earth Gallery, Charlotte, NC "Landscape Renaissance"
Concord Public Library Art Gallery, Concord, MA "Thoreau's Wild New England"
Gleason Fine Art, Boothbay Harbor, ME "Islands"
Wright Gallery, New York, NY
Barton Ryan Gallery, Boston, MA

1998
Flanders Contemporary Art (one-artist), Minneapolis, MN, "Recent Paintings"
Frick Gallery Northeast (one-artist), Northeast Harbor, ME, "The Mount Desert Works"
Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston, ME "Notations of Color: The History of Oil Sketching in Maine"
U.S. Embassy in Santiago, Chile "Maine Light"
Round Top Center for the Arts, Damariscotta, ME, "The Decade Exhibition"
O'Farrell Gallery, Brunswick, ME
Robert Clements Gallery, Portland, ME
Barton Ryan Gallery, Boston, MA
Wright Gallery, New York, NY
Flanders Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, MN

1997
Between the Muse Gallery, (one-artist), Rockland, ME, "Recent Paintings"
Maine State Capitol, (one-artist), Augusta, ME, "Maine Landscapes"
Beach Museum of Art, Manhattan, KS, (traveling) "Buildings and Landscapes"
Between the Muse Gallery, Rockland, ME "The Miniature"
Fischbach Gallery, New York, NY "Escape Artists"
Robert Clements Gallery, Portland, ME "Paquette, Ryus, Weslien"

1996
Fischbach Gallery (one-artist), New York, NY, "Recent Paintings"
Champion International Headquarters, Stamford, CT "Winter Vistas"
Maine Coast Artists Gallery, Rockport, ME "State of the Art Exhibition"
Fischbach Gallery, New York, NY "America's Most Wanted"
Tom Veilleux Gallery, Farmington, ME
Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, ME "Artist-in-Residence Exhibition"

1995
Tom Veilleux Gallery (one-artist), Farmington, ME, "Recent Paintings"
Roundtop Center for the Arts (one-artist), Damariscotta, ME, "A Closer Look"
Cooley Gallery, Old Lyme, CT
Tom Veilleux Gallery, Farmington, ME
Lydon Fine Art, Chicago, IL

1994
Lydon Fine Art (one-artist), Chicago, IL, "Recent Paintings"
Mahler Gallery (one-artist), Washington, DC, "The Essential Landscape"
Maine Coast Artists (one-artist), Rockport, ME, "The Nature Conservancy Paintings"
Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN, "Alumni Visions"
Tom Veilleux Gallery, Farmington, ME
Barn Gallery, Ogunquit, ME, "Oceans of Oceans"

1993
Mahler Gallery, (one-artist), Washington, DC, "Recent Landscape Paintings"
University of Southern Maine, (one-artist), Portland, ME, "Transforming View"
Maine Coast Artists Gallery, Rockport, ME "Looking at the Land"
Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY "Paintings of Maine"
University of Maine, Farmington, ME "Ideas of Nature"
Mahler Gallery, Washington, DC

1992
Struve Gallery, Chicago, IL "Concerned Landscapes"
Danforth Gallery, (traveling), Portland, ME "The Migrant Within"
Mahler Gallery, Washington, DC "The Landscape"

1991
Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL "Three Fellows (of the National
Foundation for Advancement in the Arts)"
Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago, IL
Jaffe-Baker Gallery, Boca Raton, FL
Groveland Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, "Landscape Artists"

1990
MC Gallery (one-artist), Minneapolis, MN, "Recent Paintings"
Vermont Studio Center (one-artist), Johnson, VT, "Recent Paintings"
Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL, "Art in Corporate Collections"
Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago, IL, "Three Landscape Painters"
Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL, "Contemporaries in our Midst"
Fellows of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts
Randall Gallery, St. Louis, MO
Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago IL

1989
MC Gallery, (one-artist), Minneapolis, MN, "Recent Paintings"
University City Public Library Gallery, (one-artist), St. Louis,
MO, "Pauses on the Journey"
O.K. Harris South, Miami, FL, "Third Annual Florida Invitational"
MC Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
Peter Miller Gallery, Chicago IL

1988
Southern Illinois University Museum, (one-artist) Edwardsville, IL, " & Other Truths"
E.S. Galt Gallery, (one-artist) St. Louis, MO, "Out of the Darkness"

1987
Rifle Sport Alternative Art Gallery, (one-artist), Minneapolis, MN, "Thomas Paquette"
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COLLECTIONS
Acadia National Park Museum
Arthur Andersen & Company
Banknorth
Beach Museum of Art
L.L. Bean
Carlson School of Management
Colby College
Collier, Shannon, and Scott
Commerce Bancshares
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
Fleet BankBoston
Fidelity Investments
Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum
Ministry of Economics, Taiwan, R.O.C.
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Minnesota Historical Society
Mint Museum of Art
National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts
Norwest Banks
Portland Museum of Art
Rocky Mountain National Park Museum
Smith Barney
Southern Illinois University Museum
SPX Corporation
State of Maine
State of Minnesota
State of Montana
Thompson Financial
UNUM
U.S. Department of State (Embassy loans to Taipei, St. Petersburg,
Vienna, Rome, N'Djamena, Santiago, Riga)
U.S.T.
Western Illinois University
Yosemite National Park Museum

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
Abbe, Mary. "Gardens of the Mind." (review)
Minneapolis Star Tribune. [Minneapolis, MN]. 2 Jun 2000.
ibid. "New art blooming in Minnesota buildings." (feature)
Minneapolis Star Tribune. 4 Oct 96.
Bannon, Anthony. "Nine Artists ... on 'Nature'" (review)
Chautauquan Daily. [Chautauqua, NY] 21 July 2001.
Baxter, Kathleen. "On View" (featured exhibition at Georgia Museum of Art)
American Artist [New York, NY] Sept 2001.
Beem, Edgar A. "Nine from the Nineties." (feature)
Maine Times. [Bangor, Maine] 27 Jan 2000.
Bussiere, Gregory, and Visser, Randy.
"New Directions in the Visual Arts: Thomas Paquette." (documentary video)
Documentary video in conjunction with Maine Public Broadcasting.
(broadcast March 2001 and August 2001)
Dobbs, Jeff."Katahdin: Mountain for the People." (documentary video)
Maine Public Broadcasting broadcast date: 18 March 2000.
Fleming, Lee. "Paquette at Mahler." (review)
Washington Post. [Washington, DC]. 2 Oct 93.
Greenleaf, Ken. "Closer look at familiar penchant for painting outdoors." (review)
Maine Sunday Telegram. [Portland, ME]. 4 Oct 98
ibid. "'Essential Landscapes' show painter's colors." (review)
Maine Sunday Telegram. 10 April 94.
ibid. "Remodeling MCA in their image." (review)
Maine Sunday Telegram. 6 Feb 94.
ibid. "Art and nature tango - and tangle - in Farmington." (review)
Maine Sunday Telegram. 17 Oct 93.
Hammes, Mary J. "An exhibit that takes you traveling." (review)
Athens Banner Herald. [Athens, Georgia] 2 August 2001.
Hanlon, Sara. "Central Lakes College makes great work available to us all." (feature)
Lake Country Journal. [Brainerd, MN]. Sept/Oct 97.
Harlow, Doug. "Painting Recovered." (news)
Morning Sentinel. [Waterville, ME]. 22 Jan 01.
ibid. "Police investigate art theft at Colby." (news)
Morning Sentinel. [Waterville, ME]. 27 Feb 01.
Harrison, Helen. "Intimate Landscapes."(review)
New York Times. 3 December 2000.
Isaacson, Philip. "Joyful side of collecting has never been easier to appreciate."(review)
Maine Sunday Telegram. 1 Aug 99.
ibid. "Curator links three artists by image and inquiry style."
(review) Maine Sunday Telegram. 27 April 97.
ibid. "At Round Top, big things come in little Paquettes." (review)
Maine Sunday Telegram. 27 Aug 95.
ibid. "Paintings show Maine to New York gallery crowd." (review)
Maine Sunday Telegram. 4 July 93.
ibid. "Franco-American show inaptly titled." (review)
Maine Sunday Telegram. 4 Oct 92.
Kane, Cheryl. "Artists' residency may be a dream come true." (feature)
Miami Today. [Miami FL]. 10 May 89.
Kidman, Bruce. "The Nature Conservancy's lands featured in Paquette exhibition." (feature)
Maine Legacy. [Brunswick, ME]. 1994.
Kohen, Helen. "Contemporaries in Our Midst." (review)
Miami Herald. [Miami, FL]. 12 May 91.
ibid. "Pair of exhibitions at Bass Museum doesn't add up to a whole lot." (review)
Miami Herald. 17 May 90. ["The show is salvaged by the more finely tuned works
by Thomas Paquette"]
LaPage, Will. "Nature 'Speaks' -- Exploring the Inspiration of Public Parklands." (article)
Legacy. [Ft. Collins, CO]. Sep/Oct 2001 for part 1, and Nov/Dec 2001 for part 2.
Lapin, Mary Beth. "The art of moving paint around." (feature)
Casco Bay Weekly. [Portland, ME]. 5 Dec 96.
Hope, Lee, et al. Words & Images. (literary journal)
University of Southern Maine Press. [Portland] Spring 2001.
Little, Carl. "Art, at Your Fingertips." (feature)
Maine Times. [Portland, ME]. 9 Nov 2000.
Levinson, Joan. "Art St. Louis III." (review)
The Riverfront Times. [St. Louis, MO]. 21 Oct 87.
McCorkle, Henry. "Eye on Art" (radio show feature)
WPKM FM. [Scarborough, ME]. 20 Nov 96.
Meadows, Gail. "Artists at the heart of the cultural community." (feature)
Miami Herald. 8 May 89.
Nicholai, Daniel. "No velvet paintings here." (feature)
Twin Cities Reader. [Minneapolis, MN]. 13 Aug 86.
Pierson, Elizabeth. "Sense of Place: Art and the Environment." (article)
Chewonki Foundation Chronicle [Wiscasset, ME]. Fall 2001.
Pfeiffer, Kit. "Approaching the greatest mountain, carefully." (feature)
Maine Times, 27 Jan 2000.
Sutherland, Amy. "Museum patrons tell all!" (feature)
Maine Sunday Telegram. 16 Nov 97.
ibid. "Afloat, in the middle of the sea." (feature)
Maine Sunday Telegram. 28 May 95.
Sprunt-Tate, Haines. "Paquette at Maine Coast Artists: two ways to preserve the landscape." (review)
Maine Times. [Portland, ME]. 22 April 94.
Tuyl, Laura Van. "Miami spotlights new painters." (feature)
Christian Science Monitor. [Boston, MA]. 19 May 91.
Wells, David. Curator's statement for "Thomas Paquette, Michael Ryus, Katarina Weslien" exhibition
Robert Clements Gallery, Portland, ME. Apr 97.
Welzenbach, Michael. "Landscapes of light and shadow." (review)
Washington Post. 11 July 92.
Wilmot, Paula. "Art a Must-See at MSU." (feature)
Great Falls Tribune. 12 Oct 00.
Zurn, Jon. "Thomas Paquette: The Land Observed." (exhibition essay)
Crary Art Gallery, Warren, PA. April 2002.
[cover & inside] Orion Magazine. (feature)
"Art in the National Parks." [Great Barrington, MA]. Spring 1997.
television interview "Art in Perspective." (television interview)
Cencom I and II. (broadcast 14 Apr 88) [St. Louis, MO].
television interview "South Beach." (television documentary)
Public Broadcasting Service. (broadcast 7 Feb 91.) [PBS Special,
spotlighting Miami Beach's burgeoning cultural and arts scene.]
television interview "Collioure and Painting." (television news documentary)
Channel 2 News [France]. (broadcast 21 May 98) [Documenting the impact
of the town of Collioure on painting since Matisse and Derain.]






Biography from Ann Korologos Gallery:
A native of Minneapolis, Thomas Paquette earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from Southern Illinois University (1988), and a BFA in painting from Bemidji State University (1985). A few months out of graduate school, he was one of the first three recipients of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts’ three-year Fellowship in the Visual Arts in Miami Beach. When that ended in 1991, he moved from Miami to Portland, Maine, where he painted full-time for a decade, drawn by the landscape. Among other accomplishments during that time, he completed a seven- by thirty-two-foot canvas for the State of Minnesota, and four large canvases commissioned by the Federal Reserve Bank. Thomas was invited in 1999 to be a guest artist through the USM-Aegean Arts and Cultural Exchange on the Greek island of Lesvos. That same year, he was invited to speak to college art students in England (Exeter) and Wales (Cardiff). ??

The next year, he was a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome. Other artist-residencies that he participated in were at National Parks (Yosemite, Acadia and Rocky Mountain), the Robert M. MacNamara Foundation and the Millay Colony. The Georgia Museum of Art mounted a 70-painting survey exhibition of Thomas’ work in 2001, the same year he moved to northwest Pennsylvania. He has had one-man exhibitions at prominent galleries in New York City, Chicago, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Washington DC, and Maine, among other places. The Erie Art Museum hosted an exhibition of his paintings in 2004. Beyond museums and galleries, many of his paintings have been exhibited around the world at US Embassies in Athens, Chad, Phnom Penh, Riga, Rome, St. Petersburg, Santiago, Taipei, and Vienna

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