Thomas Paquette was born in Minneapolis in 1958. Early influences were met on the walls of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, where van Gogh, Bonnard, Inness, Moran, and a host of other artists were seen and absorbed into his pantheon of admired artists. His penchant for travel also formed early. Family trips that spanned many weeks from coast to coast, developed in his late teens and twenties into several months-long solo vagabonding trips via rail and hitch-hiking, which only expanded his thirst for adventures in geography.
Paquette eventually graduated summa cum laude with a BFA in Painting from Bemidji State University when he was twenty-six. He has painted full-time since receiving his MFA degree in Painting from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville three years later, which he attended on full graduate fellowship. He is the recipient of awards and honors including artist residencies at the American Academy in Rome, at the Aegean Arts and Cultural Exchange (Greece), and at three U.S. national parks (Acadia, Yosemite, Rocky Mountain). He was awarded a three-year residency-fellowship from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, in Miami. Paquette completed commissioned works for public and corporate collections including Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, Queen Mary II, and the States of Minnesota, Montana, Maine. His paintings have been selected to hang in nineteen U.S. embassies on five continents, including the cities of Rome, Brussels (NATO permanent collection), Athens, Vienna, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Taipei, and Santiago. Paquette has lectured about his work in museums and universities across the country as well as those in Greece, Wales, and England.
Paquette's landscape paintings have been featured in more than fifty solo exhibitions in museums and prominent galleries in New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington DC, and Minneapolis. In 2014-2015, an exhibition of his wilderness paintings, "On Nature's Terms," traveled to art museums in California, New York and Indiana (the Wildling Art Museum, Quick Center for the Arts, and Evansville Museum of Art and Science). Other solo museum exhibitions of his paintings were mounted at Erie Art Museum, Georgia Museum of Art, The Rockwell Museum, and Westmoreland Museum of American Art.
Paquette's current solo museum exhibition, "America's River Re-Explored – Paintings of the Mississippi from Source to Gulf" traveled from the Minnesota Marine Art Museum in 2018, to Watermark Art Center, and the Dubuque Museum of Art in 2019.
"My recurring subject is the natural world, unavoidably, because it astonishes me daily. It teaches me, too. For instance in geology the slow crushing and grinding of plates informs my own approach to the layers of paint that I make come and go. In weather, biology, and geography, I find ample templates for painting to get at something vital, something more essential than the mere look of the subject. Too, it is irrelevant how much time these processes take. Most important is that the vitality of my interest in the subject and the painting should move the viewer in a similar way, even if it takes years to hone the painting to that point. I work to grow and evolve paintings, that they may flower even at great distances from their source, in very different eyes. A landscape painting is an ancient story re-experienced."
1988 MFA Painting, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL, full fellowship
1985 BFA Painting, Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN, summa cum laude
2019 Dubuque Museum of Art, Dubuque, IA, River Re-Explored: Paintings by Thomas Paquette of the Mississippi from Itasca to the Delta (one artist)
Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (one artist)
Meibohm Fine Arts, East Aurora, NY, Dusk to Dawn
2018 Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Winona, MN, River Re-Explored (originating museum) (one artist)
Watermark Art Center, Bemidji, MN, River, Re-Explored (one artist)
Wildling Museum, Solvang, CA, The River's Journey
U.S. Embassy Brussels NATO, Belgium (permanent collection purchase)
Erie Art Museum, Erie. PA, The Collection
2017 Gross McCleaf Gallery, People, Places, Things, Philadelphia, PA
Strohl Art Center, Chautauqua Institute, Chautauqua, NY, Resting Place: The American Landscape
U.S. Embassy in Vilnius, Lithuania
2016 Groveland Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, America's River (one artist)
New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT, As We See It: The Ernst and Gail von Metzsch Collection
Wilkes University Sordoni Art Gallery, Wilkes-Barre, PA, Upstream and Down: the Susquehanna
2015 Rockwell Museum, Corning, NY, Touching on Water (one artist)
Evansville Museum of Art and Science, Evansville, IN, On Nature's Terms (one artist)
Gross McCleaf Gallery, Wilderness Philadelphia, PA (one artist)
Erie Art Museum, Erie. PA, Paintings from the Collection (a special selection of 40 works)
U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia
2014 Wildling Museum, Solvang, CA, On Nature's Terms (one artist)
Regina A Quick Center for the Arts, St. Bonaventure, NY, On Nature's Terms (one artist)
2014 Yosemite Museum, Yosemite National Park, CA, Three Decades of Yosemite Artists-in-Residence
2013 Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, Souvenir (one artist)
2012 Groveland Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, Here and There (one artist)
U.S. Embassy in Libreville, Gabon
2011 Dowling Walsh Gallery, Rockland, ME, Paintings of the Conserved Maine Landscape (one artist)
Groveland Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, The Substance of Light (one artist)
U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan
U.S. Embassy in Georgetown, Guyana
U.S. Embassy in Athens, Greece
2010 Roger Tory Peterson Institute, Jamestown, NY, Seeing the Trees (one artist)
Windham Fine Arts, Windham, NY, Journeys in Color (one artist)
2009 Dowling Walsh Gallery, Rockland, ME, Thomas Paquette (one artist)
D. Wigmore Fine Art, New York, NY, Adirondack Art Today
U.S. Embassy in Brazzaville
2008 Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Wayzata, MN, Intimate Landscapes (one artist)
Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Greensburg, PA, Intimate Landscapes (one artist)
Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (one artist)
Roberson Museum, Binghamton, NY, Visions of the Susquehanna (traveling)
2007 Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts, New Castle, PA, Intimate Landscapes (one artist)
Élan Fine Arts, Rockport, ME (one artist)
Cummings Art Gallery, Mercyhurst College, Erie, PA, Intimate Landscapes (one artist)
Governor’s Residence, Harrisburg, PA, Visions of the Susquehanna (traveling)
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown, MD, Visions of the Susquehanna
U.S. Embassy in San Salvador, El Salvador
2006 Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (one artist)
Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, PA, Visions of the Susquehanna (traveling)
Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, PA, Visions of the Susquehanna (traveling)
U.S. Interests Section (U.S. Embassy) in Havana, Cuba (selected)
2005 Somerville Manning Gallery, Greenville, DE, Traversed Lands (one artist)
Jameson Gallery, Portland, ME (one artist)
U.S. Embassy in Athens, Greece
2004 Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA, Traversed Lands (one artist)
Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Greensburg, PA, Along the Lincoln Highway
2003 Jameson Gallery, Portland, ME (one artist)
Flanders Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, MN (one artist)
American Institute, Taipei, Taiwan
U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
2002 Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, VT, Thomas Paquette: Landscape Artist (one artist)
Crary Art Gallery, Warren, PA, Thomas Paquette: The Land Observed (one artist)
Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC, Recent Acquisitions
Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, MN, Defining a Collection: Recent Art Acquisitions
U.S. Embassy in St. Petersburg, Russia, Natural America
Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Vienna, Austria
2001 Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA, Vibrant Excursions (one artist)
Aucocisco Gallery, Portland, ME, Condensed Landscapes (one artist)
Gleason Fine Art, Camden, ME, Paintings of Italy and Maine (one artist)
CTE Gallery, Charlotte, NC, The Great Landscape (two artist)
Chautauqua Center for the Visual Arts, Chautauqua, NY, Nature
2000 The Museum of Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL, Thomas Paquette (one artist)
Flanders Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, MN, Recent Paintings (one artist)
American Academy in Rome, Italy (studio exhibition)
U.S. Embassy in Rome, Italy (seven paintings selected)
1998 Flanders Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, MN, Recent Paintings (one-artist)
1997 Between the Muse Gallery, Rockland, ME, Recent Paintings (one-artist)
Maine State Capitol, Augusta, ME, Maine Landscapes (one-artist)
1996 Fischbach Gallery, New York, NY, Recent Paintings (one-artist)
1995 Tom Veilleux Gallery, Farmington, ME, Recent Paintings (one-artist)
1994 Lydon Fine Art, Chicago, IL, Recent Paintings (one-artist)
Mahler Gallery, Washington, DC, The Essential Landscape (one-artist)
Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME, Nature Conservancy Paintings (one-artist)
1993 Mahler Gallery, Washington, DC, Recent Landscape Paintings (one-artist)
University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME, The Transforming View (one-artist)
1991 Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL, Three Fellows (of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts)
CORPORATE AND PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Acadia National Park Museum
Assured Guaranty Municipal Corp
Beach Museum of Art
Bank of America
The Brinton Museum
Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers
Cunard Lines – Queen Mary II
Erie Art Museum
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum
Ministry of Economics, Taiwan, R.O.C.
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Minnesota Historical Society
Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual Insurance
Portland Museum of Art
Rocky Mountain National Park Museum
Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History
Southern Illinois University Museum
State of Maine, Percent-for-Art collections
State of Minnesota, Percent-for-Art collections
State of Montana, Percent for Art collection
U.S. Department of State [Loans to U.S. Embassies
in Moscow, Russia; Amman, Jordan; Georgetown, Guyana;
Western Illinois University
Yosemite National Park Museum
Katie Carter. “A conversation with painter Thomas Paquette” (live interview broadcast on NPR affiliates) KBXE-FM [Bemidji, MN]. 7 Sep 2018.
Moran, Jay. “Artist carries his work and its message to a wide audience” (studio interview with Morning Edition host) WBFO-FM NPR affiliate, [Buffalo, NY]. 5 Sep 2018.
Sheridan, Brian R. “Mississippi and More. Thomas Paquette of Warren has his own style.” (feature article) Lake Erie Lifestyle Magazine [Erie Times-News, Erie, PA]. Aug 29, 2018. pp 74-78
Kane, Kelly. “Beaches and Coastlines.” (article)
Plein Air Magazine. [Boca Raton, FL]. Aug-Sep 2018.
O’Hern, John. “Atmospheric Lands.” (feature article with four reproductions)
American Art Collector [Scottsdale, AZ]. Sep 2018.
Parker, Charley. “America's River Re-Explored.” (article)
LinesAndColors.com. [Philadelphia, PA]. 2 Jul 2018.
Hulsey, John. “What might happen? Thomas Paquette's river Odyssey.” (article)
The Artist's Road. [www.theartistsroad.net]. Apr 2018.
Klinkenberg, Dean. “Thomas Paquette’s Visions of the Mississippi River.” (interview)
Mississippi Valley Traveler. [mississippivalleytraveler.com]. Apr 2018.
Curtis, Judith A. “Prelude to an Odyssey.” (exhibition catalogue essay)
America's River Re-Explored. [Eyeful Press, Warren, PA]. Apr 2018.
Rose, Rebecca. “A river runs through them.” (cover story, review)
Santa Maria Sun [Santa Maria, CA]. Feb 21, 2018.
Hall, Anne. “United States Embassy Vilnius." (catalogue)
Art in Embassies Exhibition, U.S. Department of State. [Washington, DC] July 2017.
Kuntz, Melissa. “VACI’s ‘Resting Place’ reminds us that ‘this country, regardless of its struggles, is home’ (review)
Chautauquan Daily. [Chautauqua, NY]. 7 Jul 2017.
Jereb, Adrianna. “Resting Place: Artists keep eyes on horizon in Strohl landscape show” (feature)
Chautauquan Daily. [Chautauqua, NY]. 4 Jul 2017.
Moran, Jay. “Artist remains committed to cherished landscapes” (studio interview with Morning Edition host)
WBFO-FM NPR affiliate, [Buffalo, NY]. 20 Feb 2017.
French, Katherine. As We See It: The collection of Gail and Ernst Von Metzsch. (book)
New Britain Museum of American Art [New Britain, CT]. Oct 2016.
Pinchot, Joe. “Landscape painting 'essential' in modern age.” (feature article on "Thomas Paquette: Itinerant Views")
Sharon Herald. [Sharon, PA]. 8 Sep 2016.
Abbe, Mary. “The parks that art built.” (feature on Groveland solo exhibition)
Minneapolis Star Tribune. [Minneapolis, MN]. 14 Jun 2016.
Gross, Stacey. “Spanning the globe: Paquette's work sees the world through Art in Embassies program.” (review)
Times Observer. [Warren, PA]. 17 Dec 2016.
Jacobson, Kelsey. “Notes from a Wandering Artist.” (feature)
Northern Student. [Bemidji, MN]. 17 Oct 2015.
[Times Observer] “Paquette's new works in Moscow and Philadelphia.” (feature)
Times Observer. [Warren, PA]. 24 Sep 2015.
Soppelsa, Robert. United States Embassy in Moscow collection (catalogue)
Art in Embassies Exhibition, U.S. Department of State. [Washington, DC] Jul 2015.
Soppelsa, Robert. Libreville (catalogue)
Art in Embassies Exhibition, U.S. Department of State. [Washington, DC] Sep 2015.
Harper Buchanan, K. “Touching on Water.” (catalogue essay)
Touching on Water. [Rockwell Museum, Corning, NY]. Jan 2015.
Merkle, Karen Rene. “Tip of Erie's Treasure Trove.” (review)
Erie Times-News. [Erie, PA]. 30 April 2015.
Fuller, Brandy. “All About the Art - Nationally Renowned Artist Thomas Paquette Visits JHS Art Students” (feature story)
The Post-Journal. [Jamestown, NY]. 17 March 2015.
Carlson, Jeffrey. “Necessity for Life & Artist's Inspiration.” (review)
Fine Art Connoisseur / Fine Art Today. [Boynton Beach, FL]. 29 Jan 2015.
ArtDaily.org. "Touching on Water at the Rockwell Museum" (article)
ArtDaily.com. Internet Art Magazine. [USA]. 26 Jan 2015.
WENY TV News. "Celebrating Nature" (interview/The Rockwell Museum)
WENY HDTV News [Horseheads, NY.]. 26 Jan 2015.
Moran, Jay. “On Nature's Terms” (interview news segment)
WBFO-FM NPR affiliate, [Buffalo, NY]. 6 Nov 2014.
Mondi, Annelies. “On Nature's Terms” (catalogue essay)
On Nature's Terms. [Wildling Museum, Evansville Museum, Quick Center for the Arts] Jan 2015.
Merkle, Karen Rene. “Celebrating Nature.” (feature – Showcase section)
Erie Times-News. [Erie, PA]. 13 Nov 2014.
Parker, Charley. “Thomas Paquette – On Nature's Terms.” (review)
LinesAndColors.com [Philadelphia, PA] 15 Jan 2014.
Shen, Catherine. “Thomas Paquette's Paintings at the Wildling"
Inside the Santa Ynez Valley Magazine. [Los Olivos, CA] Summer 2014
Woodard, Josef. “The Art and Challenge of Keeping it Wild – Paquette at the Wildling Museum.” (review)
Santa Barbara News-Press. [Santa Barbara, CA]. 21 Feb 2014.
Parker, Charley. “Thomas Paquette - Souvenir.” (review)
LinesAndColors.com [Philadelphia, PA] 11 Feb 2013.
Interview “Our Town: Warren.” (PBS focus on Warren, PA)
WPSU Public Television [State College, PA] .Broadcast 17 Oct 2013.
Hardt, Hon. Brent D. “United States Embassy Georgetown." (catalogue)
Art in Embassies Exhibition, U.S. Department of State. [Washington, DC] Jan 2012.
O’Hern, John. “Thomas Paquette: The Conserved Maine Landscape.” (preview)
American Art Collector [Scottsdale, AZ]. Jun 2011.
Hulsey, John “Voices of Experience: A Video Interview with Thomas Paquette.” (Skype interview)
TheAristsRoad.net. [Lawrence, KS] Mar 2011
Tanguy, Sarah. “United States Embassy in Athens - Greece." (catalogue)
Art in Embassies Exhibition, U.S. Department of State. [Washington, DC] Sept 2011.
Abbe, Mary. “The Substance of Light.” (preview)
Minneapolis Star Tribune. [Minneapolis, MN]. 28 Nov 2010.
Roselle, Jim. “Seeing the Trees Exhibition.” (radio interview)
WJTN Radio. [Jamestown, NY]. 17 July 2010.
Soliwoda, Mary. “In the Artist's Studio: with Thomas Paquette.” (interview)
Windham Fine Arts. [Windham, NY] Feb 2010.
Wells, Dean. “Artist’s work to show in Catskills and Aspen.” (news)
Warren Times Observer. [Warren, PA]. 6 Dec 2009.
McAvoy, Suzette. “Capturing the Color of Light” (feature)
Maine Home+Design. [Portland, ME] August 2009.
Eastham, Hon. Alan. "United States Embassy in Brazzaville." (catalogue)
Art in Embassies Exhibition, U.S. Department of State. [Washington, DC] April 2009.
Molarsky, Mona. “Adirondack Art Today” (review)
ARTnews. [New York, NY] May 2009.
Stendahl, Roslyn. “Profile: Thomas Paquette’s Gouache Landscapes” (book review)
Rozwoundup.com [St. Paul, MN] 17 April 2009.
Thill, Mary. “Exhibition of Contemporary Adirondack Masters” (review)
Adirondack Alamanack. [Lake Placid, NY] 5 April 2009.
Scott, Doug. Our Wilderness: America's Common Ground (book)
Fulcrum Books [Golden, CO] 2009.
Parker, Charley. “Thomas Paquette - Update.” (review)
LinesAndColor.com. [Philadelphia, PA] 18 Sep 2008.
Glazer, Hon.Charles. "United States E