Pam Foss, Sculptor
I am a native of Atlantic City, New Jersey. I was drawn to the visual arts at an early age, receiving my first formal training at Arts High School in Newark, New Jersey. Unable to afford college, I immediately entered the workforce and married a few years later spending the next several years raising our three children.
I studied sculpture on my own and by apprenticing with various artists as time permitted while my children were growing-up. My career as a full time visual artist began in 1980 with an emphasis on creating a series of equine bronze sculptures. Although sculpture in its many forms is my favorite medium, I also enjoy creating art in a wide variety of other media including painting, assemblage, illustration, cartooning, computer graphics, and pop-up cards and books.
The current phase of my career is primarily devoted to creating abstract bas-relief sculpture in a variety of media including hand-made paper, resin, bronze, and Styrofoam as well as a series of historically based pop-up dioramas depicting some of the most influential galleries and artist studios in the history of modern art.
My inspiration comes from having been fortunate enough to live an amazing, well-travelled life that has provided me with an endless number of intriguing subjects for my work.
The Arts Club of Washington 2017*
Ohio State University Veterinary Center, 2016
Calvert School, Baltimore, Maryland 2004
East Chase Mall, Montgomery, Alabama 2004
Westland Mall, Knoxville, Tennessee 1994
Quiet Waters Park, Annapolis, MD 1991
Riverchase Galleria, Birmingham, Alabama 1986
Hialeah Park, Miami, Florida 1982
State of New York, Aqueduct Race Track 1983
Chesapeake Bay Chesapeake Bay Foundation, William C Baker Center Tangier Island, VA
*Originally installed in the Monroe Building, Washington DC 1991
Corporate Collections (partial list)
Louis Dreyfus Property Group
Key Bank Corporation, Albany, New York
Jim Wilson Associates, Montgomery, Alabama
Melon Bank, Pittsburgh PA
New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc.
Edward J Debartolo Corporation. Youngstown OH
Crown Controls Corporation, New Bremen, OH
Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, New York, NY
Northwestern Life Insurance Company, Milwaukee, WI
Hialeah Park, Miami, FL
McDonalds, CLP Corporation, Gadsden, AL
Krapf Bus Company, Chester PA
Kentucky Derby Museum, Louisville KY
Hoffberger Gallery, Baltimore MD/2010
Willow Gallery at Quiet Waters Park, Annapolis, MD/ 2011
Phoenix Gallery, Phoenix MD/2012
Philip Morton Gallery, Rehoboth DE/2014
Art Centers of Bonita Springs 2019
Group Shows (partial list)
International Sculpture Center/Artsy Professional Members Show August 2-31 2021
Art Centers of Bonita Springs (Best in Show Second Nature July 2018)
Pam Foss Gallery, Chestertown, MD 2014-15
The Art of Stewardship Juried Exhibit, Chestertown River Arts (November 2014)
6th Biennial Regional Juried Exhibition, Rehoboth Delaware (October 2014)
Rehoboth Art League DE winner (Louise Chambers Corkran Award) best sculpture 2014
Pam Foss Gallery, St Michaels, MD 2012-2014
Women’s Caucus for the Arts, Women’s Rights and Artists Perspective, Pam Foss Gallery (November 2013) Pam Foss Gallery, St Michaels, MD 2012-2014
Women’s Caucus for the Arts, The Petroleum Paradox, Denise Bibro Gallery, NY, NY 2012
Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD, winner (A Brittain Banghart Award Jackson Pollock) 2008
Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, New York, NY 2007
John T Mather Memorial Hospital Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit 1992
Salmagundi Club, NY, NY (third place, Angle of Attack) 1990
Art Expo, Los Angeles CA 1987
Art Expo, New York 1983, 1984, 1985
Philadelphia Art Show, Philadelphia, PA 1983, 1984, 1985
Rockefeller Center, New York, NY 1984
American Academy of Equine Art, Tufts University, Hamilton MA 1983
Gallery Shows (partial list)
Gallery 206, Naples, FL
Gallery 50 Contemporary, Rehoboth, De
Clark Gallery, St Michaels, MD
Pam Foss Gallery St Michaels & Chestertown and St Michaels, MD
Philip Morton Gallery, Rehoboth, DE
Anita Peghini-Raber Gallery, Rehoboth, DE
West Annapolis Art Gallery, Annapolis, MD
Hardcastle Gallery, Centreville, DE
Bucks County Gallery, New Hope, PA
Midtown Gallery, New York, NY
Hobe Sound Gallery, Hobe Sound, FL
Park Shore Gallery, Naples, FL
The Sportsmen’s Edge, New York, NY
King Gallery, New York, NY
Nan Miller Gallery, Rochester, NY
Meisner Gallery, New York, NY
The Painted Critter, Lambertville, NJ
Merriam Fisher Gallery, Washington, DC
Beresford Gallery, Saratoga Springs, NY
Dayspring Gallery, Saratoga Springs NY
Books & Catalogues (partial)
IAPMA Bulletin 2020
Women’s Rights, An Artist’s Perspective 2013 Women’s Caucus of the Arts
Contemporary Sculpture, Schiffer Books June, 2012
Women’s Caucus of the Arts, Petroleum Paradox Exhibition Catalog (Load of Bull) May 24-June 23, 2012
Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, (111th annual exhibit catalog) 2007
The Sportsman’s Edge, NY, NY 1981 (cover)
Chestertown Spy (video interview)
Kent County News
Delaware Shore News
New York Times
Albany Times Union
Bucks County Herald
Naples Daily News
The Horsemen’s Journal
The Ellen Show
The Phil Donahue Show
Wide World of Sports
Since we launched our Color Wheel series, Pam Foss has submitted images every week. Foss’s most recent series: “Out of the Blue.” On Trend. This series of aquatic sculptures evoke frothy waves, with a particular shade of light periwinkle that’s derived from blue foam. We don’t have images of the full piece, which we’re told involves 84 individual sculptures groups together to form a foot-tall, 4 foot-wide installation, but we figured, why not list the submission anyway? We see a little Judy Chicago and Georgia O’Keefe influence and that’s generally a good thing.
Whitney Kimball, ArtFCity.com October 29, 2013
Dear Ms. Foss—my apologies for not responding sooner. I did indeed see the dioramas—intriguing, enjoyable, even impressive. And I’m grateful for the attention they bring to Peggy and to Kiesler and to their story. Forgive the ignorance, or even ingenuousness—what does one do with them? They aren’t multiples for sale I don’t suppose? If the answer is: they are what they are, then they are splendid.
Director, Peggy Guggenheim Collection
Foundation Director for Italy
January 18, 2014
Pam, I am just amazed by the extraordinary work you did on the diorama of the AOTC Gallery! It looks meticulously done; you must be very skillful. Plus the whole diorama really brings the gallery to life; in many ways I like it better than the pop-up in the AOTC Gallery exhibit book. There's something about a
box…. Can you imagine how Peggy would have loved it?
Author, Mistress of Modernism the Life of Peggy Guggenheim
I don't believe I had seen these. . .how fascinating. . .thanks for keep Art of This Century alive.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
“Her works are truly representative of the actual model – her works catch the excitement of each model in every form,” Jim Wilson, developer of Riverchase Galleria. He decided to place her sculpture “The Great Blues” in the Galleria so every one might enjoy the splendid beauty of this work.
“I was struck by the sculptures (Angle of Attack) vivid portrayal of beauty and savagery in the same instant,” “It seems to capture much of life as we see it.”
Brigadier General Peter J. Boylan, Commandant of Cadets, U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Taking a tour of the KeyCorp collection with the CEO in gray pinstripes reveals a side of (Victor) Riley the public doesn’t see. Amid his beloved art collection, he is a kid in a candy store. He stops at a stunning life size bronze sculpture of an eagle swooping in for a kill. The artist is Pam Foss from New York; its title is “Angle of Attack” Riley ignores the discreet “do not touch” sign and lovingly strokes the bird’s perfectly rendered chest feathers. “She has really captures these feathers”, Riley says, “Just feel that. What detail. It’s the type of sculpture I can sit and stare at all day.”
Paul Grondahl Albany Times Union January 1989
“The real surprise at Dayspring Gallery is the bronze sculptures of local artist Pam Foss. Done as limited editions of 15-20 each, the bronzes were cast by the lost wax method at a Long Island foundry and mark Foss as a sculptor to be reckoned with-now and in the future.”
Peg Churchill Wright Schenectady Gazette August 26 1982
Along with the captivating oils and delicate graphics showing at Dayspring Gallery is a magnificent bronze sculpture by Pam Foss, a Saratoga artist of extraordinary gifts. Point to Point is small enough to be a library table piece. A steeplechase, where one horse is making the jump over another fallen horse and rider, at the exact moment of a spill. Using the lost wax technique, Foss has been able to capture subtle facial expressions and impossible minute detail as well as the precise moment of action.
It is one thing to paint from photographs of animals moving at great speed, but quite another to execute a split second of complicated movement in the round. Foss could well turn out to be the Remington of the racetrack.
Sunday Times Union
August 15, 1982
“Pam Foss is one of America’s leading equine sculptors. Her Bronzes are greeted with enthusiasm wherever they are exhibited and it is a compliment to her enormous talent that they are eagerly sought after by collectors.”
Sean Byrne, Racing journalist Thoroughbred Record
Pam Foss’s impressive “Great Blue Heron” an animated interpretation of the birds on the cusp of flight far outstrips the rest of the field of figurative sculptures in this year’s show.
Helen A. Harrison, staff writer The New York Times August 8, 1993
“Pam Foss’s animal images in bronze are gracefully executed and finished with strikingly colorful patinas,”
Naples Daily News, December 1, 1989
“Annapolitans own several pieces of public sculpture. A recent edition to our collection has been installed at Quiet Waters Park. Sculpted by local artist Pam Foss, the life size bronze of two impressive herons is well-suited to its new home.
Situated next to the visitor’s center high on a bluff, the sculpture is not fully revealed until one climbs the staircase from the road. Perched on a tree branch, the herons stretch in an “S” shaped composition, producing a sense of imminent movement, the piece thus interacts with the viewer from all angles.
Precise realism delineates the sculpture and its harmony with the Victorian garden space. Ms. Foss has produced a variety of textures and colors in the piece, making it as interesting to explore the piece close up as it is from afar. The park is a breathtakingly beautiful place and the herons are worthy guardians.”
New in Town by Carol Falk the Capital, December 15 1990
I cannot begin to tell you how pleased I am with the bronzes you created of my beloved ST Bernard’s April, May, and June.
Thanks to you, they will forever serve as sentinels of Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, keeping watch over an area where so many animals receive the best of care.