Foust, 2000

Oil on Canvas

Bruce Shores

 

Bruce Shores studied at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where in 1981 he received his BFA in Painting and Printmaking, and an MFA in Painting with a minor in Art History in 1989. While there he studied with painting professor Andrew Martin, whom Shore credits as his greatest influence. Works by students of Martin have such an identifiable style, they are referred to as the “Greensboro School of Painting.”

Foust has the distinction of being the first piece, or the seed from which the Weaver Foundation Collection of UNCG Art has grown. Shores’ painting of Foust, the oldest building on UNCG’s campus, was a gift to Mike Weaver as a token of the University’s appreciation for his efforts on behalf of the Second Century Capital Campaign. It was hung in the new Foundation offices in 2000, along with other work by UNCG artists from Weaver’s private collection, and shortly thereafter, the vision for the collection emerged.

In addition to selling his art in numerous galleries and exhibiting nationally, Shores taught for many years. He served as Visiting Professor of Art at Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory NC, and taught drawing at Guilford Technical Community College, Sawtooth Center for Visual Arts, and the UNCG.