Artist Biography

Stephen Wozniak is a conceptual artist who primarily works in wood, hardware and fine finishes. His art is about personal identity, perception, belief, memory and the domestic materials and objects that reflect and obscure our lives, families and the community at large. His works have been exhibited at Cameron Art Museum, Bradbury Art Museum, Leo Castelli Gallery at Brenau University, Ward-Nasse Gallery, Maryland Art Place and the Schoharie County Arts Council Gallery, where he won First Prize in the National Small Works Exhibition, among others. He and his work have been featured in such publications as Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art. Stephen was born in Dover, New Hampshire and raised in the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. area. He studied fine arts and art history, and earned a B.F.A. from Maryland Institute College of Art, as well as attended Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. He lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

Artist Statement

Home is where the art is. It’s a place in which many of our subjective perceptions and personal relationships begin. Often, our domestic life is reflected in choices that define home through objects, materials, tools and the settings where they are used over time. Home, in the context of my work, also alludes to the emergence of our interior lives and outward identity, as well as the family or community dynamic that they are intrinsically a part of. My work, which is minimal in form, offers a discrete pathway through personal memory, rendering both revelation and concealment of self and other. It is also a place for contemplation, a point of departure from independent object to a continuum with the viewer and their lives. I primarily use common, accessible domestic home interior materials, such as cabinet wood, hardware and fine finishes to invite viewers back home in a way that enables them to review their lives and relationships.

Artist CV

Born

1971  Dover, New Hampshire, U.S.A.

Education

1993  B.F.A., Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland

1991  Undergraduate Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland

Honors

2020

Award Winner Abstract Only! 10th Annual Exhibition, Wailoa Center, curated by Codie King, Hilo, Hawaii

1992  

First Prize Winner and payment award for the National ’92 Small Works Exhibition, Schoharie County Arts Council Gallery, curated by Dan Cameron, Cobleskill, New York

Selected Exhibitions

2020

Illumination, Cameron Art Museum, curated by Bob Unchester, Wilmington, North Carolina, November 20, 2020 – January 10, 2021

Abstract Only! 10th Annual Exhibition, Wailoa Center, Hawaii Island Art Alliance, curated by Codie King, Hilo, Hawaii, October 2 – 27

Authentic Marks’ 3rd International Miniature Printmaking Exhibition, Zayed University, curated by Shaghaf Group, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, August 27 – September 5

L.A. Stories, Leo Castelli Gallery, Brenau University, curated by Paul Paiement, Gainesville, Georgia, February 13 – December 31

2020 Delta National Small Prints Exhibition, Bradbury Art Museum, curated by Gretchen L. Wagner, Jonesboro, Arkansas, January 23 – February 29

2019

Illumination, Cameron Art Museum, curated by Holly Tripman Fitzgerald, Wilmington, North Carolina, December 7, 2019 – January 12, 2020

1993

So It Is Written, Ward-Nasse Gallery, New York, New York, December 1-23

Annual Regional Film and Video Makers Showcase, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland, May 3 – June 3

1992

National ’92 Small Works Exhibition, Schoharie County Arts Council Gallery, curated by Dan Cameron, Cobleskill, New York, May 29 – July 10

1991

First Annual Hair Ball Exhibition, Maryland Art Place, hosted by John Waters, Baltimore, Maryland, April 27 – May 11

Publications

2020

Parker, Samantha, “Stephen Wozniak: A Simple Place in Life.” Noah Becker’s Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art, March 2020, Retrieved from Stephen Wozniak: A Simple Place in Life.

2020 Delta National Small Prints Exhibition catalog, Bradbury Art Museum, written by curator Gretchen L. Wagner of the St. Louis Art Museum.

1992

First Prize listing and reproductions of work for the Schoharie County Arts Council Gallery National ’92 Small Works Exhibition, written by curator Dan Cameron in the Fourteenth Edition Exhibition Directory, The Exhibit Planners, Wellfleet, Massachusetts

Artist Presentations

2019

Noon Lecture series on fine art and acting at Maryland Institute College of Art, Fred Lazarus IV Center, Baltimore, Maryland, April 29, 2019

Teaching Experience

2020

Teacher, Art All Around YouAct Out! and You’ve Got Character courses, Leland Cultural Arts Center, Leland, North Carolina, March 9 – June 20, 2020

2019

Visiting artist, undergraduate critiques, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland, March 4 and 11, 2019

Professional Experience

1991

The Baltimore Museum of Art, researcher for chief curator Jan Howard, Department of Prints, Drawings and Photographs, Baltimore, Maryland

Collections

Martha Colburn
Dan Cameron
Dr. Patrick T. Vargas
Shaghaf Group
Nichole Rawlings
Leela Grant
Terryn and Jon Button
Paul and Janice Paiement
Alan and Leah Verrill Heitz
Seth Hunter
Sterling Mire
Sharon Spencer