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John Foster


John Foster has been a longtime collector of self-taught art and vernacular photography, as well as an artist, designer, and art curator. His collection of anonymous, found snapshots has toured the country for over five years and has been reviewed and featured in Harper’s Magazine, Newsweek Online, Phaidon, SF Gate, The Village Voice and many others. In 2005, Art & Antiques magazine named John one of the “Top 100 Collectors” in the United States. John currently serves on the Board of Trustees for SPACES, an organization dedicated to saving and preserving arts and cultural environments; and is an Advisory Board Member of the Folk Art Society of America.

For eleven years, he taught graphic design and fine arts at John Burroughs School in St. Louis; he was a member of the corporate design group at Fleishman-Hillard International Communications and later Associate Principal at Buck Consultants, a national firm focused on HR and the design of employee communications. He currently works for TOKY Design in St. Louis.

John was a co-founder of ENVISION Folk Art of Missouri and for 10 years edited their publication. He has been a guest speaker at the American Folk Art Museum in NY, The Peabody-Essex Museum; and at numerous museums, art conferences and universities across the country.

John and his wife Teenuh have two grown children, Hannah and Luke.         


Contact Information:
fosterdesign [at] charter.net
accidentalmysteries.blogspot.com/



Posts by John Foster

OBSERVATORY: Shadwell Shams: A Tale of Two Forgers (07.11.14)
OBSERVATORY: Whirlwinds, Snowdrops, and Big Bangs: Vintage Fireworks Labels (07.04.14)
OBSERVATORY: Magic and Mystery in the Art of Katrien De Blauwer (06.22.14)
OBSERVATORY: The Aviary: New Photographs by Sara Angelucci (06.08.14)
OBSERVATORY: Interview with Artist Henrik Drescher (06.01.14)
OBSERVATORY: Exploring Art Environments (05.25.14)
OBSERVATORY: Our Shared Past (05.18.14)
OBSERVATORY: Why Won’t My Doll Sell on eBay? (04.27.14)
OBSERVATORY: The Focused Obsession of Photographer Rob Amberg (04.13.14)
OBSERVATORY: Found, Cut, and Rearranged: The Art of John Stezaker (04.06.14)
OBSERVATORY: The Greenville, NC Daily Reflector: 1948 to 1967 (03.30.14)
OBSERVATORY: The World of Tomorrow in 1939 (03.23.14)
OBSERVATORY: The Essence of a Teapot (03.16.14)
OBSERVATORY: Blues, Baptisms, and Prison Farms: The Lomax Snapshots of 1934-1950 (03.09.14)
OBSERVATORY: Shoe Designs Before 1900 (03.02.14)
OBSERVATORY: The Dreamland Motel (02.23.14)
OBSERVATORY: Face Time (02.16.14)
OBSERVATORY: The Private World of Martina Kubelk (02.09.14)
OBSERVATORY: Nineteenth Century Menu Covers (02.02.14)
OBSERVATORY: Imperfect Beauty (01.26.14)
OBSERVATORY: The Renewed Art of Embroidered Photographs (01.19.14)
OBSERVATORY: Native American Design (01.12.14)
OBSERVATORY: Capturing Imagination (01.05.14)
OBSERVATORY: From Russia With Doubt (12.29.13)
OBSERVATORY: Garry Winogrand Retrospective At National Gallery (12.15.13)
OBSERVATORY: Japanese Municipality Logos (12.08.13)
OBSERVATORY: Messenger Boys, Call Girls and a Photographer (12.01.13)
OBSERVATORY: Graphics of Authority (11.24.13)
OBSERVATORY: Extraordinary Spanish Art Environments (11.10.13)
OBSERVATORY: Horror Movie Posters (11.03.13)
OBSERVATORY: Welcome to the Asylum (10.27.13)
OBSERVATORY: Asemic Writing: Open to Interpretation (10.20.13)
OBSERVATORY: Giraffe Houses of the Ozarks (10.06.13)
OBSERVATORY: The Open Eye: The Home Collection of Ray Yoshida (09.29.13)
OBSERVER MEDIA: John Foster on Colloquialisms (09.23.13)
OBSERVATORY: Barkcloth Art of the Omie (09.22.13)
OBSERVATORY: Artful Mourning (09.15.13)
OBSERVATORY: The Enchanted Highway (09.08.13)
OBSERVATORY: Signs of Labor (09.01.13)
OBSERVATORY: Dog Days of Summer (08.25.13)
OBSERVATORY: Folk Funeraria of the South (08.18.13)
OBSERVATORY: Stitching Stories (08.11.13)
OBSERVATORY: The Collection de l’Art Brut (08.04.13)
OBSERVATORY: The Portrait in Snapshot Photography (07.28.13)
OBSERVATORY: A Street Photographer of 19th Century London (07.21.13)
OBSERVATORY: The Voynich Manuscript (07.14.13)
OBSERVATORY: Wartime ID Badges (07.07.13)
OBSERVATORY: An Archive of Czech Film Posters (06.30.13)
OBSERVATORY: Birds of a Feather (06.23.13)
OBSERVATORY: Alaska Yukon Gold Rush Era Photo Album (06.09.13)
OBSERVATORY: A Philatelist’s Dream (06.02.13)
OBSERVATORY: Chinese Propaganda Posters (05.26.13)
OBSERVATORY: A Nod to Surrealism (05.19.13)
OBSERVATORY: Enjoying TypeToy (05.05.13)
OBSERVATORY: The Inkblot and Popular Culture (04.28.13)
OBSERVATORY: The Deep Roots of Modernism (04.21.13)
OBSERVATORY: The Imagination of Playgrounds (04.14.13)
OBSERVATORY: A Collection for the Ages (04.07.13)
OBSERVATORY: Drawn to Currency (03.31.13)
OBSERVATORY: Defiant Beauty (03.24.13)
OBSERVATORY: Dreams of the Sonora Aero Club (03.17.13)
OBSERVATORY: Kodachrome Finds New Life (03.10.13)
OBSERVATORY: The Proper Art of Writing in 1655 (03.03.13)
OBSERVATORY: What’s Inside? (02.24.13)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (02.17.13)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (02.10.13)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (02.03.13)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (01.27.13)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (01.20.13)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (01.13.13)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (01.06.13)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (12.30.12)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (12.23.12)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (12.16.12)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (12.09.12)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (12.02.12)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (11.25.12)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (11.18.12)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (11.11.12)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (11.04.12)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (10.28.12)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (10.21.12)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (10.14.12)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (10.07.12)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (09.30.12)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (09.23.12)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (09.16.12)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (09.09.12)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (09.02.12)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (08.26.12)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (08.19.12)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (08.12.12)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (08.05.12)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (07.29.12)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (07.22.12)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries: 07.15.12 (07.15.12)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries: 07.08.12 (07.08.12)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries: 07.01.12 (07.01.12)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries: 06.24.12 (06.24.12)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (06.10.12)
OBSERVATORY: Bumbos, Swirlys and a Chinese Birdcage: A Snapshot of Marbles (06.03.12)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (05.27.12)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (05.20.12)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (05.06.12)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (04.29.12)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (04.22.12)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (04.15.12)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (04.08.12)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (04.01.12)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (03.25.12)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (03.18.12)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (03.11.12)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (03.04.12)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (02.26.12)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (02.19.12)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (02.12.12)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (02.05.12)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (01.29.12)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (01.22.12)
OBSERVATORY: Remembering Eva Zeisel (01.15.12)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (01.08.12)
OBSERVATORY: A New American Picture: Doug Rickard and Street Photography in the Age of Google (01.01.12)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (12.25.11)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (12.18.11)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (12.11.11)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (12.04.11)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (11.27.11)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (11.20.11)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (11.13.11)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (11.06.11)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (10.31.11)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (10.23.11)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (10.15.11)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (10.09.11)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (10.02.11)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (09.25.11)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (09.18.11)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (09.04.11)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (08.21.11)
OBSERVATORY: Underground Vietnam Military Patches (08.18.11)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (08.14.11)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (08.08.11)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (07.31.11)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (07.24.11)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (07.17.11)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (07.10.11)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (07.03.11)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (06.26.11)
CHANGE OBSERVER: DART St. Louis (06.24.11)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (06.19.11)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (06.12.11)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (05.29.11)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (05.21.11)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (05.15.11)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (05.01.11)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (04.24.11)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (04.17.11)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (04.10.11)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (04.03.11)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (03.27.11)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (03.20.11)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (03.12.11)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (03.06.11)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (02.27.11)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (02.20.11)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (02.13.11)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (02.06.11)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (01.30.11)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (01.23.11)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (01.16.11)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (01.09.11)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (01.02.11)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (12.26.10)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (12.19.10)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (12.12.10)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (12.05.10)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (11.27.10)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (11.21.10)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (11.13.10)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (11.07.10)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (10.31.10)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (10.24.10)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (10.17.10)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (10.10.10)
OBSERVATORY: Accidental Mysteries (10.03.10)

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