BIOGRAPHY

Clark grew up in Seekonk, Massachusetts and studied close to home in Providence at the Rhode Island School of Design. He earned his BFA in Graphic Design, focusing primarily on print design and alternative typography. During this time, he discovered collage. This method of hands-on, spatial development took a major role in his digital work as well as his physical works on wood and paper. His drawings and paintings have shown nationally including exhibitions in the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Chautauqua Institution, Recent honors include Best in Show at the Three Rivers Arts Festival and publication in New American Paintings. Clark is a 2012 Flight School Fellow and was named Pittsburgh’s 2015 Emerging Artist of the Year by the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. He is the recipient of three Design Excellence Awards from the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Pittsburgh.

ABOUT THE ART

My work focuses on deteriorating architecture. These structures, designed to be huge forces of permanence, are continually being challenged, destroyed and forgotten. I see an inherent honesty in the face of my subject. Among all of the clutter—the shards of wood and layers of rubble—there remains a gentle resolve. As I work, I study these structures incessantly. The buildings, often on the brink of ruin, have something very energized and present trying to escape from their fragmented reality.

These images are created through an ambitious layering process. I collage with found paper to reflect the fragmented and complex tactility of decay. Once a dimensional foundation is achieved, various mixed media are used to bring definition and depth to these raw materials. The processes of collage and drawing alternate between themselves lending to a seamless blend of the two mediums.



EDUCATION

2008 Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graphic Design
Providence, Rhode Island


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

SOLO

2017 Studio Direct Union Hall, Pittsburgh PA upcoming, December
2017 Barnscapes Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua NY upcoming, July
2017 Persistence Boxheart Gallery, Pittsburgh PA
2017 2017 Collection Paradigm Gallery, Philadelphia PA
2015 Emerging Artist of the Year Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh PA
2014 Studio Direct Union Hall, Pittsburgh PA
2013 Fragmentation Boxheart Gallery, Pittsburgh PA
2012 OPENStudio Assemble, Pittsburgh PA
2011 Art on the Walls Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council Pittsburgh PA
2011 City Blocks Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh PA
2011 Ruination Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh PA

GROUP

2017 SOFA Chicago IL, Pittsburgh Glass Center upcoming, November
2017 Shelter Society of Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh PA upcoming, September
2017 Superfine New York City, NY Boxheart Gallery
2017 Art on Paper Pier 36, New York City, NY Paradigm Gallery
2016 Aqua Art Miami Miami FL , w/ Boxheart Gallery
2016 Dissolution Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pittsburgh PA
2016 Art on Paper Pier 36, New York City, NY Paradigm Gallery
2016 Waning Worlds Paradigm Gallery, Philadelphia PA
2015 AAP 104th Annual Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH
2014 Pittsburgh Biennial Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh PA
2014 AAP 103rd Annual Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Greensburg, PA
2014 Homeward Bound Strohl Art Center, Chautauqua NY
2013 AAP 102nd Annual Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh PA
2013 Disambiguate Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Kipp Gallery, Indiana PA
2013 New Juried Visual Art Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh PA
2013 Healthy Artists Modern Formations Gallery, Pittsburgh PA
2012 Book 709 Gallery, Pittsburgh PA
2012 New Juried Visual Art Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh PA
2012 Dive! The Inn, Pittsburgh PA
2011 RE-Construction Walnut Ink Gallery, Michigan City IN 
2011 Restrospective Modern Formations Gallery, Pittsburgh PA
2011 Homebound Fe Gallery, Pittsburgh PA
2011 New Juried Visual Art Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh PA 
2011 Urbanic III Future Tenant, Pittsburgh PA
2010 Inside-Out ModernFormations, Pittsburgh PA
2010 Leaving My Mark Fe Gallery, Pittsburgh PA
2010 New Juried Visual Art Three Rivers Arts Festival Pittsburgh, PA
2010 H2O Fe Gallery, Pittsburgh PA
2010 Spring Salon Modern Formations Gallery Pittsburgh, PA
2010 (pa’per) Gallery on Baum, Pittsburgh PA
2009 Home Cairo Gallery, Seattle WA
2009 RE: Premier McJunkin Gallery, Charleston WV


PULICATIONS

2016 New American Paintings: Issue #122 Northeast
2016 RISD XYZ Fall/Winter Issue
2016 Verse Envisioned: Two Decades of Post-Gazette Poems and Works of Art they have Inspired
2015 The Fourth River Issue 12, Chatham University
2013 New American Paintings: Issue #102 Northeast
2012 DASH London-based Fashion Magazine
2012 New American Paintings: Issue #98 Northeast
2012 Outpost Journal: Pittsburgh
2011 Creative Nonfiction: Issue #42
2011 Illustrisima, Brazilian Illustration Newspaper
2010 [OPEN THREAD] Regional Review Volume II


SELECTED PRESS

2016 Mary Thomas, “Architectural "Dissolution" explored at Glass Center” Pittsburgh Post Gazette
2015 Lissa Brennan, “...Clark nails it at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts” Pittsburgh City Paper
2014 Alexandra Oliver, “Studio Direct at The Union Hall, Bar Marco” Pittsburgh Articulate
2014 Frank Scheck, "'Homemakers': Film Review" The Hollywood Reporter
2013 Alexandra Oliver, “Fragmentation: New Works by Seth Clark at Boxheart Gallery” Words &tc.
2013 Mike May, “Best of Culture: Septemeber” Pittsburgh Magazine
2013 Mary Thomas, “Associated Artists of Pittsburgh annual show leaner and edgier” Post-Gazette
2012 Kurt Shaw, “709 Penn Gallery into the spirit of the book,” Pittsburgh Tribune
2011 Christopher McGinnis, “Seth Clark’s Ruination Finds Compelling Art in Post Industrial Fragments.,” Pittsburgh City Paper
2011 Kurt Shaw, “‘Homebound’  Explores Twofold Meaning of the Word and its
Implications,” Pittsburgh Tribune
2011 Nadine Wasserman, “A Show at Fe Gallery is an Up-to-the-Minute Take on the Concept of Home,” Pittsburgh City Paper

BLOGS: new american paintings / booooooom / juxtapoz / beautiful decay / thecreatorsproject / ffffound 


DISTINCTIONS

2015 Emerging Artist of the Year Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh PA
2014 Irving B. Gruber Award Westmoreland Museum of American Art, AAP 103rd Annual
2014 First Place Persad Celebrate Art, Celebrate Life
2013 Irene Pasinski Sailer Award Carnegie Museum of Art AAP 102nd Annual
2013 Festival Award Three Rivers Arts Festival
2013 Jurors Choice Three Rivers Arts Festival New Juried Visual Art
2013 Design Excellence Award AIGA Pittsburgh PGH365 
2012 Flight School Fellow Creative Captial, Pittsburgh Filmmakers/ Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
2012 Best in Show Three Rivers Arts Festival
2012 Best in Show Persad Celebrate Art, Celebrate Life
2011 Design Excellence Award AIGA Pittsburgh Context 
2009 Design Excellence Award AIGA Pittsburgh Context


RESIDENT ARTIST

2017 United World College of South East Asia Singapore upcoming, March
2016 Pittsburgh Glass Center Pittsburgh PA
2016 Sedona Summer Artist Colony Sedona, AZ


VISITING ARTIST

2015 Indiana University of Pennsylvania 
2015 Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council
2014 Carnegie Mellon University
2014 University of Pittsburgh
2014 Point Park University
2013 Rhode Island School of Design
2013 Clarion University
2012 Community College of Allegheny County


CREDITS

2012 - Present President Seth Clark Art & Design L.L.C.
2012 - Present Creative Director Creative Nonfiction, Literary Arts Magazine
2014 - Present Studio Director Radiant Hall, Pittsburgh PA
2013 Production Designer Homemakers, Feature Film