The Arts Colony will be accepting artwork for our Monochromatic Show on March 8th & 9th. For more information, guidelines, times and location, please click here.
We are honored to have db Foster as the juror for the Monochromatic Show.
db Foster dramatically and unexpectedly became a full-time devoted life-long artist in his late 20’s after experiencing an artistic and creative “epiphany” in early February, 1986. The unleashing of Foster’s creative spirit in 1986 completely dissolved his academic and professional aspirations to be an entrepreneur/inventor, and led him over the next 18 years to a simple life of daily artmaking, poetry, and philosophy.
For the past 30 years, db Foster has extensively pursued his artistic talents and career in nearly complete and pure isolation – intentionally abstaining and resisting all professional exhibition and sales opportunities.
In 2016, Foster will finally “emerge” and engage the contemporary art world with a series of public exhibitions, installations, programs, and philosophic treatises that will reveal his extensive and diverse artistic investigations and approaches in painting, installation, photography, poetry, public/site-specific art, and conceptual art.
Foster received a Master’s of Fine Arts degree with honors from the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) in 1995 – the only graduate student to receive two department degrees (in New Genres and Sculpture/Painting). From 1988-89, Foster also studied full-time in the Visual Arts Department at the University of California, San Diego with strong influences by Allan Kaprow, Italo Scanga, and Ernest Silva. Before becoming an artist, Foster credits his degree in Entrepreneurship from the University of Southern California and his extensive academic studies in Philosophy from UC San Diego in the mid-70s as very influential precursors that became the foundation for his life in the arts.
Living in San Diego/La Jolla from 1986 to 2003, Foster devoted himself to a full-time ascetic life of artmaking – with some part-time arts professional experience at the San Diego Art Institute and UC San Diego University Art Gallery. Life changed dramatically in 2003 when Foster moved to Riverside, California to become the Executive Director of the Riverside Art Museum for over 5 years, and then the President/CEO of The Community Foundation Serving Riverside/San Bernardino Counties for 4 years. Foster’s professional arts and philanthropic leadership career enjoyed tremendous accomplishments and arts community-building successes in the Inland Empire – before returning to San Diego in 2012 as the Executive Director of the Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA) for nearly 3 years.
Known for his visionary leadership style and collaborative community-building skills, Foster has created and launched numerous important organizations and initiatives, such as: North County Arts Network (arts council for North County San Diego), Arts Connection (arts council for San Bernardino County), Riverside Cultural Consortium, Oceanside Cultural Consortium, Inland Empire Arts Forum, Inland Empire Funder’s Alliance, and the Artist-in-Residence Program at Joshua Tree National Park. Additionally, Foster was a weekly Arts Columnist for the Press-Enterprise daily newspaper for five years.
Foster regards these community leadership endeavors and initiatives to be a form of “social art practice” that complements and adds to his range of diverse creative art practices over the past 30 years. Foster left OMA in June, 2015 to dedicate time and priority towards launching and establishing his professional artist career on a local and national/ international scale. Currently, Foster lives in Oceanside, California raising his 5-year old son, Kenneth. He can be reached at email@example.com or 951-334-5677.