Biography

W. Truman Hosner

(American 1950- )

• Master Pastelist International Association of Pastel Societies
• Maitre Pastelliste Societe de Pastel de L’est du Canada
• Distinguished Member Pastel Society of the West Coast
• Master Pastelist Pastel Society of America

“During a painting session . . . everything is always changing . . . the light is constantly modulating . . . and then my painting slowly evolves . . . becomes dynamic . . . it pulsates energy . . . and exuberance . . .”

Born in Detroit, 1950, William Truman Hosner (Bill to his friends) earned his BFA at Wayne State University, and went on to study illustration at The Center for Creative Studies, College of Art and Design in Detroit. During his 17 years as a professional illustrator, his assignments included The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Field and Stream magazine, CBS-Fox Video, and Reader’s Digest. At the peak of a very successful career in commercial art, Hosner re-focused himself: Plein-air fine art painting captured his passion, studying under two master pastel painters at the Scottsdale Artists School in Arizona. Over the past two decades Hosner has also been fortunate to have the personal mentoring of Max Altekruse, himself a student of the renowned Frank Rielly of the Art Students League in New York City.

Among his most recent awards, Hosner has achieved uncommon success: from 2009-2012, he has received ‘First Prize’ from the French Pastel Society in Giverny, France ; ‘First Prize’ from the American Pastel Society in New York City; and ‘Best of Show’ from the Pastel Society of the West Coast, along with numerous other prestigious awards and prizes.

Paintings by W Truman Hosner are featured in national and international museum collections and exhibitions ranging from New York City . . . to California . . . to Canada . . . to France . . . to Asia.
Painting from life, the integrity of Hosner’s art is never in question as he conveys through his works the evolving moods and dynamics that can be captured only through the art of plein air painting.

Hosner’s philanthropic interests include two on-going efforts over the past 10 years: he spends one day per month at Children’s Hospital in Detroit, drawing portraits of young patients in their rooms and gifting the drawings to them and their families. In 2010 Hosner founded the Café Society Educational Scholarship Fund to assist Northern Michigan coffee house baristas with needed funds to pursue higher education.

“There is a God given uniqueness to the moments we are given . . . the people we meet . . . and the places we visit.”

Awards and Recognitions:

2013
Award of Excellence Plein Air Masters Exhibition - Festival of the Arts
2013
Lead delegate for US delegation of 11 Artists, US placed as Guest Country of Honor to the II Bienal Internacional de Pintura al Pastel in Oviedo, Spain
2013
One of 10 Artists invited to participate in the Plein Air Masters Exhibition at Studios on the Park in Paso Robles, CA
2013
Invited to participate and painting featured on the exhibition poster, 2013 International Pastel Artists Invitational in Celebration of International Women’s Day. –Taipei Economic and Cultural Offices, NYC
2013
1 of 9 Artists with featured demonstration in Pastel Application Techniques –National Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
2011
Gold Award, Masters Circle Exhibition, International Association of Pastel Societies
2011
Robert & Patricia Suggs Award, Pastels USA, Pastel Society of the West Coast
2010
Flora B. Giffuni – First Prize, For Pastels Only, Pastel Society of America
1997, 2004, 2009
Best of Show, Pastels USA, Pastel Society of the West Coast
2009
Prix de Sennelier, Salon International du Pastel, Art du Pastel en France
2009
Award of Exceptional Merit, Member’s Exhibit, Degas Pastel Society
2009
Art du Pastel Award, Pastels Only, Pastel Society of America
2007
Andrew Giffuni Memorial Award, Pastels Only, Pastel Society of America
2007
First Place Award, Northern Colorado Artists Association
2005
Best Pastel, Carmel Art Association Plein Air Competition
2004
Emerging Artist Award, Art & Antiques Magazine
2004
Joseph V. Giffuni Award, Pastels Only, Pastel Society of America<
2003
Best of Show, Northern Colorado Artists Association
2003
Best Work on Paper, Art & Antiques Magazine
2002
Best of Show, Member Exhibition, Great Lakes Pastel Society
2000
Grand Prize, Pastel 100 Competition, sponsored by The Pastel Journal
2000
First Place Figure, Pastel 100 Competition, sponsored by The Pastel Journal
2001, 1999
Gold Medal, International Association of Pastel Societies
1999
First Place Still Life, Pastel 100 Competition, sponsored by The Pastel Journal

Museum Collection:
Jean-Haffen Museum/City of Dinan Dinan, France

Exhibited:
Butler Institute of American Art
Art du Pastel Salon Internationle – Giverny, France
Pastel Society of Eastern Canada – Montreal, Canada
Solo Exhibition/Gifts of Art Program – U of M Hospital Gallery
Triton Museum of Art – Santa Clara, California
Santa Barbara Museum of Art – Santa Barbara, California
Haggin Museum of Art – Stockton, California
National Arts Club – New York, New York
National Taiwan Arts Education Center – Taipei, Taiwan
99° Art Center – Taipei, Taiwan

Recognition:
In 2011
Artist in Residency Dinan, France (Les Amis de Grande Vigne)

Permanent Collection of the Jean-Haffen Museum, Dinan, France: 1 of 27 paintings created during April 2011

Salon International – Art du Pastel en France, Giverny, France: Foriegn Guest of Honor

In 2010
2010 International Pastel Artists Invitational Exhibition hosted by the National Taiwan Arts Education Center: 1 of 12 US artists invited to participate

International Master Pastel Exhibition, Taipei, Taiwan: One of ten international artists invited to participate: Hosted by the private gallery 99° Art Center.

Photo by John Robert Williams

Photo by John Robert Williams

“The Story Next Door”
Bill Hosner
Host: Scott Craig
Producer: Brock Morman
ipr.interlochen.org

“I tell you I have a long way to go before I am at . . . where one begins.”
-Rainer Maria Rilke