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Scott Rhoades was born in Houlton, Maine in 1951 and grew up in Coventry, Connecticut. When he was a junior in college he took his first art class and was hooked on artistic processes and made several paintings. After graduating from Eastern Connecticut State University in 1973 he earned his Master’s degree in Art Education from Central Connecticut State University. In 1975 he began a 35 year art education career in Coventry.

Scott embraced teaching and worked with over six thousand students in grades K-8. He coached girls sports, taught a class in Developmental Stages of Child Art at Eastern and was a high school baseball umpire. His work with children was published in several magazines and his school mural program was nationally recognized as over two hundred students signed their names to painted works on school walls. Over four hundred students had drawings published in the Chronicle, a Willimantic newspaper.

Rhoades presented workshops on child art at national, state and local venues. He was a grade level coordinator, related arts team leader, and mentor teacher team leader. He designed and produced thirty school yearbooks.

As Scott approached retirement, he felt compelled to build an art studio in his back yard so that he could resume painting works of art.  His paintings have been sold throughout the United States and in countries worldwide.  He has won numerous art awards and his paintings have appeared in national and international publications.

Rhoades, who is an avid runner, has two daughters, Andrea and Summer, and six grandchildren. He lives in Storrs, Connecticut with his wife Ellie. 

Artist Statement:
I paint from photographs in my studio and my works are predominantly representational in style. The wilderness, historic buildings, old barns and landscapes are among my favorite subjects.
Acrylic paint on gesso board is my medium of choice.

Scott Rhoades Art Show Awards
2012 Mansfield Best of Show
2014 Mansfield First Place
2016 72nd Connecticut Painting Award
2016 Northeast Connecticut Third Place

2017 Arts Center East Merit Award
2018 East of the River Investment Award
2018 Arts of Tolland Pat Scholz Award
2018 Arts Center East Best of Show
2018 Northeast Connecticut Diner Award

2018 Tolland County First Place
2019 Marlborough Past President’s Award
2019 Mansfield First Place
2019 Northeast Fine Arts First Place Acrylic
2020 Academic Artists Association Jack Richeson Award
2020 Mansfield Third Place Award
2020 Northeast Fine Arts HM
2020 Monson Arts HM
2021 NE Fine Arts First Place
2021 NE Fine Arts HM
2021 Tolland County First Place
2021 Tolland County Third Place
2021 East of the River Third Place
2021 Arts Center East First Place
2022 Arts Center East Peoples Choice Award
2022 West Hartford Art League Acrylic Paint Award

National Publications
2017 14th Annual Blanche Ames National Art Exhibition
2018 Tanka Society of America (Cover of Ribbons Journal)
2018 15th Annual Blanche Ames National Art Exhibition
2020 Academic Artists Association 70th Annual Artist’s Association
2020 Jack Ridheson 75 International (Wildlife)
2021 Jack Richeson 75 International (Landscapes)
2022 Artists Magazine Best of Acrylics
2023 Jack Richeson 75 International (Small Works)

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