Steve Rowell

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© 2020 Steve Rowell


Steve Rowell is an artist who works with photography, moving image, sound, installation, maps, and spatial concepts to produce complex multicomponent projects. His practice investigates terrains of perception, nonhuman intelligence, ecologies, and technology in the landscape. Steve contextualizes the morphology of the built environment with the surrounding medium of Nature, appropriating the methods and tools of the geographer and archaeologist.

Awards and honors that Steve has earned include the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship (2019), the Erna Plachte scholarship at the University of Oxford (2016); grants from Creative Capital (Emerging Fields 2013) and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts (2013); artist residencies at the Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik (2016) and Fogo Island Arts (2013); as well as fellowships at the Villa Aurora Berlin (2016), the University of Applied Arts Vienna (2011), and Newcastle University (2010).

He has collaborated with SIMPARCH (Chicago, 2003-2009), The Office of Experiments (London, 2009-present), and The Center for Land Use Interpretation (Los Angeles, 2001-2013).

Born in Houston, Steve has been based in Los Angeles, Oxford, Berlin, Washington, D.C., and Chicago over the past twenty years. He holds an MFA with Distinction from the University of Oxford and a BA in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin. He has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Art Center College of Design, Scripps College, the University of Applied Arts Vienna, and the Kansas City Art Institute. He has been lecturer, guest artist, and portfolio committee member at numerous schools and institutions including: Northwestern University, Corcoran College of Art and Design, Newcastle University, University College London, ETH Zurich, CalArts, and SCI-Arc.

Steve's work (collaborative and solo) has been exhibited internationally at a range of galleries and museums, including:

New York: The 2006 Whitney Biennial, Apex Art, MoMA PS1, and Storm King
Washington, D.C.: The Smithsonian American Art Museum
Marfa: Ballroom Marfa
Pittsburgh: The Center for PostNatural History
Milwaukee: The Institute for Visual Art
Chicago: The Museum of Contemporary Art and The Museum of Contemporary Photography
San Francisco: Yerba Buena Center for The Arts
Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions,
China Art Objects Gallery, and California Museum of Photography UC Riverside
Istanbul: 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial
London: The Barbican Art Centre, the Frieze Art Fair, and The Architecture Foundation
Southampton: The John Hansard Gallery
Nottingham: Nottingham Contemporary Museum
Cornwall: Groundwork 2018
Halle an der Saale: Werkleitz 2010 festival
Berlin: Haus der Kulturen der Welt, neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst, and Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle