Steve Foote


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During my forty year career as an architect, I concentrated on designs for buildings at colleges and universities. In such places, an architect almost never designs either the first or the last building that will be built. The ways in which a new building relates to others and strengthens the fabric of the campus become essential measures of its success. As a painter inspired principally by urban conditions and architectural forms, such relationships intrigue me.

I often reshape the spaces between structures, studying how adjustments add or release tension and compression to improve the composition of the painting. Fragments of buildings and spaces are shifted or recomposed as I consider the play of light on forms and surfaces. Decisions about values are made early in my paintings, with color choices coming later. The watercolor medium itself influences the process, with the result that the colors are almost never exactly those that the scenes actually present. My drawings made in situ are quick studies, and the ideas in two or three sketches are frequently combined in paintings made later.


2005 Decordova Museum Juried Student Show
2010 Thomas Moser Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts, “Small Pieces” Christmas Show
2012 William Henry Gallery, Cambridge, MA, “Paintings and Drawings”, Solo Show



2003 Small Point, Maine, Summer Exhibition
2011 Rumsey Hall Alumni Art Exhibit, Washington, CT, May/June
2012 Brown University Alumni Art Exhibition
2013 French Cultural Center Members Show
2013 “Illuminations” Exhibition, Massachusetts General Hospital, February-April
2013 The Foundry Equation, Cambridge, MA
2013 Biennial Exhibit, the St Botolph Club, Boston
2014 Art in the Library, Cornwall, CT, Solo Show
2015 New England Watercolor Society Juried Regional Show, Chatham, MA
Copley Society of Art
2014 “Fresh Paint”
“Grit: the Urban Landscape” 
2015 “New Members Exhibit”
“Fresh Paint”



1995 Fellow of the American Institute of Architects
2014 The Copley Society of Art, Boston



The College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio
Private Collections



1962 Brown University, Bachelor’s of Art
1970 Columbia University, Master’s of Architecture
1971 Columbia University, Master’s of Science in Urban Design
Art study with:
2010 Charles Reid
2011 Mel Stabin
2012 Alvaro Castagnet
2013 Joseph Zbukvic
2015 Eric Wiegardt