Steve photographs dark landscapes and intimate and emotional relations between couples using a digital camera. Earning his MFA from Yale University, Steve has been awarded fellowships to attend Yaddo artist residencies in 2001, 2002 and 2010; Ucross Residency and Brush Creek Foundation in 2015. He has also won grants to photograph climate change in Greenland.
Museums collecting his work have included Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Yale University Museum of Art, The Butler Institute of Art, The California Museum of Photography, Winnipeg Art Gallery and The Lowe Art Museum, Miami, Florida, among others. Solo museum exhibitions include the California Museum of Photography, the Butler Institute of American Art, Fotogalerie Wien, Vienna, the VELAN Center, Torino, Italy, and the University of the Arts, Philadelphia.
Steve has been represented by Jim Kempner Fine Art in New York, where he has been in numerous exhibitions, including a one person exhibition which was reviewed by Art in America in 2008. Steve’s work has been included in numerous exhibitions in Europe, North America and Asia at museums and galleries with artists such as Jeff Wall, Sam Taylor-Johnson, Larry Sultan, and Richard Billingham. Group exhibitions include the Brooklyn Museum, the Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Sadler’s Wells, London, with Thomas Joshua Cooper, Exit Art, and was selected by Gregory Crewdson for an exhibition at White Columns in New York. Besides more than a dozen group shows in New York, other gallery shows have been in Spain, Chicago, Miami.
Reviews have been published in Art in America, Tema Celeste and Zoom magazine and his work has appeared in the New York Times. Steve has self published three books. He has also participated in many art fairs such as ArtChicago, Art Miami, Ink, and his photographs have been in auction at Sotheby’s and at several benefit events. Filmmaker David McDonald, as part of the series, “The Mystery of Creativity,” has created a brief video about him and his work. Steve also invented a hand held large format camera.
2017 Château de l’Esparrou Fellowship, Government of France.
2016 American Scandinavian Foundation Fellowship, “Greenland: Inertia.”
2016 Lois Roth Endowment.
2016 Big Bend National Park Artist in Residence program for 2016 Finalist.
2016 Puffin Foundation Award.
2015 Brush Creek Foundation, Saratoga, WY.
2015 UCross Residency, Clearmont, Wyoming.
2014 Artists’ Fellowship, New York.
2014 Haven Foundation, Maine.2011 The Mayer Foundation Grant. New York
2010 Yaddo Artist Residency Fellowship. Saratoga Springs, New York.
2010 NYPF10, New York Photography Festival Finalist.
2009 The Bakery, Artist in Residence, Westbrook, Maine.
2002 Yaddo Artist Residency Fellowship. Saratoga Springs, New York.
2001 Yaddo Artist Residency Fellowship. Saratoga Springs, New York.
1995 Newman Gallery Award. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1993 Photoworks ’93 Prize. New Haven, Connecticut.
1989 Yale University Scholarship. New Haven, Connecticut.
1989 Image ’88, First Place Award. Guilford, Connecticut.
2017 Château de l’Esparrou Fellowship, ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, Canet-en-Roussillon, France.
2012 Nightlandscapes, Sheldon Art Center, Saint Louis.
2011 Couples, Smith College and lecture, Northampton, MA.
2007 Eclipse: Recent Photographs, Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York.
2005 Ambient Life, VELAN Center for Contemporary Art, Torino, Italy.
2003 Photographs, University of the Arts, Philadelphia.
2002 Myth of the Real, Butler Institute of Art, Youngstown, Ohio.
2002 Self Portraits, Acme Art, Columbus, Ohio.
2001 Myth of the Real, California Museum of Photography, Riverside, California.
2001 Myth of the Real, Fotogalerie Wien, Vienna, Austria.
1995 New Photographs, University of Missouri, Gallery 201, Saint Louis.
1995 New Photographs, University of California, Berkeley Extension, San Francisco.
1995 New Images, University of Oregon. Eugene, Oregon.
1994 New Photographs, Dru Arstark Gallery, New York.
1994 Recent Photographs, Blue Sky Gallery. Portland, Oregon.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2014 the kids are alright, Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts.
2014 Benefit Auction. Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina.
2013 the kids are alright, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina.
2012 the kids are alright, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin.
2012 Our Daily Rite, Artspace, New Haven.
2012 Third Annual Photography Exhibition, Philadelphia Photography Arts Center, Philadephia.
2011 American Chambers, Gyeongnam Art Museum, Korea. With Eric Fischl, Richard Serra, others.
2011 Small, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Netherlands.
2011 Home, www.look3.org, Charlottesville, Virginia.
2011 100 Portraits-100 Photographers, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney.
2011 Atlanta Celebrates Photography, Ones to Watch, Mary Stanley Studio Project Space, Atlanta.
2010 About Time, Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York.
2010 Portrayal, Lohin Geduld Gallery, New York.
2010 Mixology II: Photography, curator’s office, Washington, DC.
2010 ArtChicago, Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York.
2010 Annual Photography, The Print Center, Philadelphia.
2009 Through the Lens: Photography from the www6.miami.edu/lowe, Miami. Catalogue.
2009 INK/Miami Art Fair, Jim Kempner Fine Art, Miami.
2009 ArtBazaar, Lyons Wier Gallery, New York.
2009 Projection Show, Artists Unite, New York.
2009 Yaddo Benefit Photography Auction, Hosted by Sam Waterson, New York.
2009 Brooklyn Academy of Music, Benefit Auction, Brooklyn.
2008 Art Miami, Jim Kempner Fine Art, Miami.
2008 Things, www.jimkempnerfineart.com, New York.
2008 Places, Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York.
2008 People, Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York. With Diane Arbus, Elizabeth Peyton, and others.
2007 Group Show, Sadler’s Wells, London, United Kingdom. With Richard Billingham and Thomas Joshua Cooper and others.
2008 Global Warning, Chelsea Galleria, Miami.
2008 Group Show, Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York.
2006 Ink/Miami Basel, Jim Kempner Fine Art, Miami.
2006 Group Show, Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York.
2005 Ripe for Picking: Fruit and Flowers, Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York.
2005 Group Show, Miniature Museum of Contemporary Art, Amsterdam.
2004 Outside, Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York. With Sharin Neshat, Olafur Eliasson, and Stephen Shore.
2004 Internacional, Galeria Luis Adelantado, Valencia, Spain.
2004 Summer Show, Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York.
2003 Photographs by 7 Contemporary Artists, Jim Kempner Fine Art. New York.
2003 Night., Schneider Gallery. Chicago.
2003 Home, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada. With Jeff Wall and Sam Taylor-Wood.
2002 Benefit Auction, Renaissance Society, Chicago.
2001 Summer Cum Lauder, Tepper Takayama Fine Arts, Boston.
2000 Recent Acquisitions, Brooklyn Museum, New York.
2000 The End, Exit Art, New York.
2000 Flatfiles, Pierogi, Brooklyn, New York.
2000 Spring Auction, Houston Center for Photography, Houston, Texas.
1999 Female, Wessel + O’Connor Gallery, New York. Curated by Vince Aletti.
1999 Changing Faces, Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York.
1997 Group Work, Art Exchanges Show, New York.
1995 Home is Where…, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, North Carolina.
1995 Body Photographic. Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, Louisiana.
1995 Suburbia, Art in General, New York.
1995 Whateva, Dru Arstark Gallery, New York. With Chuck Close, Sally Mann.
1994 Verisimilitude & the Utility of Doubt, White Columns, New York. Curated by Greg Crewdson.
1994 Group Show, Exit Art, New York.
1994 Images ’94, Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, Ohio.
1994 Group Show, University of Eastern New Mexico, Portales, New Mexico.
1994 National Show, West Beth Gallery, New York.
1994 One Hundred Years of Street Photography, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio.