MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)Prior to 2012
Artist StatementPostmodernism freed us from the notion of a linear narrative, allowing us to jump back and forth in time to construct narratives through seemingly disconnected moments; think of Quentin Tarantino’s, Pulp Fiction. Painting has a more difficult task demonstrating non-linear narrative, but often with equally satisfying results. Juxtaposing disconnected images can create unexpected connections and new and unintended narrative possibilities. Add abstraction into the equation and narration is ostensibly negated, but may actually mirror the world we are living in. Our ability to receive and assimilate a myriad of information on a constant basis has been enhanced through the Internet, smart phones, and other Wi-Fi devices. I have become interested in attempting to convey this multilayered process in a two-dimensional format. When the use of color is combined with layers of traced portions of 20 years of my previous paintings, which range from narrative figuration and still life to abstraction, it creates a multifaceted history. When these tracings are juxtaposed, the reconfigured paintings suggest the manner in which we store memories and assimilate and make sense of information. Fragmented moments, certain color combinations, and vaguely reminiscent shapes can be pulled from the dense conglomeration of layered histories to create disjointed narratives.
Steven Pearson is a Painter and Professor in the Art & Art History Department at McDaniel College in Westminster, MD where he has been teaching various art courses since 2004. He is also the Director of the college’s Rice Gallery.
Steven was born in Johnstown, NY, and upon graduation from High School he served honorably in the United States Navy. He received his Bachelor of Science in Studio Art from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY, and his Master of Fine Arts in Painting from the Hoffberger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD.
Steven has exhibited both nationally and regionally in such places as the American University Art Museum at the Katzen Art Center, Washington, DC, the Delaware Center of Contemporary Art, Arlington Art Center, Arlington, VA, School 33 Art Center in Baltimore, MD, the Sacramento Fine Art Center, Sacramento, CA, and the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato, CA. Steven has been an Artist in Residence at the Vermont Studio Center in 2010, 2006, 2003, as well as the Ragdale Foundation in 2005. He has received several grants, including an Individual Artist Grant from the Maryland State Arts Council (2010), Artists Grants from the Vermont Studio Center (2010, 2006, 2003), and Faculty Development Grants from McDaniel College (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2009, 2008, 2005).
Steven’s work can be found in several public and private collections including: Schenectady Museum, University of Mary Washington, Siena College, College of Saint Rose, Fulton-Montgomery Community College, PNC Bank Regional Headquarters, Baltimore, MD, Prologue Inc., FTI Consulting, Hilton Baltimore Convention Center Hotel, The League For People With Disabilities, Baltimore, MD.
Steven currently lives in Westminster, MD, and works in his studios on campus at McDaniel College, and at the Oliver Street Studios in Baltimore.