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, exploring the landscape as a site of political imagination. 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), 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. Currently, he lives in Minneapolis at teaches at the University of Minnesota.
He holds an MFA with Distinction from the University of Oxford and a BA in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin.
Steve has taught at numerous institutions including:
- School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)
- ArtCenter College of Design
- Scripps College
- University of Applied Arts Vienna
- Kansas City Art Institute
He has been lecturer, guest artist, and portfolio committee member at numerous institutions including:
- Northwestern University
- Corcoran College of Art and Design
- Newcastle University
- University College London
- Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich)
- California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)
- Southern California Institute of Architecture (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 Kin
- 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 Kunsthall