Born 1955 in Baltimore, F. Scott Hess studied at the UW-Madison & the Vienna Academy of Fine Art. He exhibited in Austria, Germany and France before moving to Los Angeles for his first American solo exhibition in 1985, followed by hundreds of group and solo exhibitions. His work is included in the collections of the LA County Museum of Art, Orange County Museum of Art, Long Beach Museum of Art, San Jose Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian Institute, among others. He has received a Theodor Koerner Award, Western States Art Federation award, a J. Paul Getty Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Hess' 2014 retrospective (Cal State Fullerton, & the Municipal Art Gallery of Los Angeles) was accompanied by a monograph of 40 years of his work. The Paternal Suit; Heirlooms from the F Scott Hess Family Foundation toured the United States for four years, beginning at the Halsey Institute (Charleston) in 2012.