Will Sears   

B. 1987, Philadelphia, PA

Lives & works in South Portland, ME

 

Education:

Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, May 2010

BFA, School of Art and Design, College of Visual and Performing Arts  

 

Solo & Two Person Exhibitions: 

2018            Side by Side, (Cassie Jones & Will Sears) Common Street Arts, Waterville, ME

                     Notice & Consent, Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC 

2016            Coalesce, Lot F Gallery, Boston, MA 

2015            Building Blocks, Montserrat College Of Art, Beverly, MA 

2014            Erstwhile, (Tessa Greene O’Brien & Will Sears) Lot F Gallery, Boston, MA 

2010           Solo Exhibition, Shaffer Drawing Room, Syracuse, NY 

 

Select Group Exhibitions

2019             Upcoming:  The Magenta Suite, Exeter, NH 

                      Art Pm, BuoyGallery, Kittery, ME

2018             Artist Directions, Gallery 49, Portland, ME 

2017             MidToast, Elizabeth Moss Galleries, Falmouth, ME 

                      The Art of Watching: Privacy and the Public Eye,3S Artspace, Portsmouth, NH 

2016             Supergems,Carole Calo Gallery; Stone Hill College, Easton, MA 

                      New England Village: Rethinking Regional Identity, Sarah Orne Jewett Museum 

                      Hole History, Asymmetrick Arts, Rockland, ME 

2015             Ode to Letters, Engine Gallery, Biddeford, ME 

                      Shapeshifters & Sharpshooters, 886 Geary Gallery, San Francisco, CA 

                      10 x 10 show, June Fitzpatrick Gallery, Portland, ME 

2014             Lot F Miami, Lot F Gallery Wynwood, Miami, FL 

                      Ready to Die, One Grand Gallery, Portland, OR  

                      Space // Squared,  White Walls Gallery, San Francisco, CA 

                     Its’ Virtue is Immense, Lot F Gallery, Boston, MA 

2013            Steady Work, Space Gallery, Portland, ME               

2012            Free For All, Space Gallery, Portland, ME 

2011            New Works from Portland’s Underground,Base Camp Gallery, Portland, ME 

                     Salt Water Camp: Quimby Colony Collective, Coleman Burke Gallery, Portland, ME 

                     Salt Water Farm: Quimby Colony Collective, Coleman Burke Gallery, Brunswick, ME

2010            Juried Undergraduate Exhibition, XL Projects, Syracuse, NY, Juried by Linda Erf, 

                     Syracuse University BFA Exhibition 2010,XL Projects, Syracuse, NY

               

Residencies, Awards, Public Art

2018           Artist in Residence, IAPP, Washington, DC­­

2016           Hewnoaks: Residency in Lovell, ME 

2015           Recipient of Maine Arts Commission ‘Individual Project Grant’

                    Recipient of ‘Kindling Fund’ Grant via Space Gallery / Andy Warhol Foundation

2014          Hewnoaks: Residency in Lovell Maine, 

2010           Quimby Colony Salt Water Farm Residency              

2006          Rhode Island School of Design Award given for excellence in the Creative Arts

 

Public Art

2019           Upcoming: Public Mural; 80 Exchange St., Portland, ME

2018           Untitled Public Mural, Augusta, ME

2015           Untitled Public Mural, Portland, ME

 

Publications

David Harry, Portland Historic Preservation Panel Endorses Tommy’s Park Mural, December 10, 2018

Art Maze Magazine: Issue 9, Autumn, 2018

Jaed Coffin, Paint the Town, Downeast Magazine, June 2018

Katie Kelleher, Sensory Delights; Libations and Their Labels, Art New England Jan/Feb 2017

Jamie Thompson, Ones to Watch, Maine Home & Design, The Art Issue, April 2016

Ian Carlsen, Personal Graphemics, The Chart, Sept 2015

Best Of Maine: Mural Startup, Downeast Magazine, July 2015

Jenna Crowder, Talking to The Walls, Dispatch Magazine, Sept 2015

John Adamian, It’s a Sign, Take Magazine, Feb/Mar 2016

 

Related Experience:                   

Art Director, Oxbow Brewing Company 

Founder/ Co- Owner Better Letter Hand Painted Signs

Co-Creator/ Curator of the Portland Mural Initiative

Production Assistant, Philadelphia Mural Arts Program

Co- Creator/ Manager of Base Camp Studios

Gallery Assistant, Aucocisco Gallery, Portland, Maine 

Art Production for music festivals such as Bonnaroo, Coachella, Life is Good, Moogfest, Outside Lands, & Phish