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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. He has had several one man shows and his paintings have won many awards during the last several years.
Rhoades, who is an avid runner, has two daughters, Andrea and Summer, and four grandchildren. He lives in Storrs, Connecticut with his wife Ellie.