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The objects I make are the result of an exploration of concept, form, line, surface and function combined with thoughtful design and exacting craftsmanship. They’re also the result of my appreciation and fascination with materials--specifically with steel. Whether used alone or with other materials, I am drawn to steel’s industrial history, working properties, methods of joinery and range of finishes. When heated in the forge, steel moves like clay, allowing this tough material to be transformed into elegant and graceful shapes.

 

I am intrigued by the structure of things, the underside. The bones of buildings, piers, arches and trusses of bridges and roadways, and the tools and equipment used to build them tell a story. The shapes, textures and connections of the materials I use are part of that story. My current work expands on these ideas by exploring themes of balance and motion, distance and perspective and the concept of 'home'.

Stephen Yusko lives and works in Cleveland, OH. He has worked as a studio artist for nearly 20 years, making forged and fabricated steel vessels, furniture and sculpture. Yusko received a BFA in Sculpture from the University of Akron, Ohio, was the artist-in-residence at the Metal Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, and received an MFA in Metalsmithing from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

Yusko has taught at several schools and universities, including Haystack School of Crafts (ME), Penland School of Crafts (NC), and Webster University (MO); and is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Haystack School of Crafts. He has exhibited his work widely including the Metal Museum (TN) and the Society for Contemporary Craft (PA) has been published in several books of contemporary metalwork, including 500 Metal Vessels by Lark Books.

In 2011, Stephen Yusko was awarded a Creative Workforce Fellowship, which is a grant funded through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

In 2013, Yusko received an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Grant.

See more at www.stephenyusko.com.

Education

1999
MFA in Metalsmithing, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL

1990
BFA in Sculpture, Minors in Metalsmithing and Art History, University of Akron, Akron, OH

Selected Exhibitions

2016

Tributaries, Solo Exhibition. Metal Museum, Memphis TN

The Edifice. Invitational. Snyderman Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

At Table: Cleveland Culinaria. Heights Arts. Cleveland Heights, OH

 

2015               

A Way Home. Solo Exhibition. William Busta Gallery, Cleveland, OH

Stephen Yusko: Transformations. Solo Exhibition. Maass Gallery, SUNY Purchase, Purchase, NY

 

2013-2014      

The Modern Table: Ohio Furniture Designers. Invitational. Riffe Gallery, Columbus, OH

 

2013

Stephen Yusko, Metal. Solo Exhibition. Turtle Gallery, Deer Isle, ME                    

F*SHO, Annual contemporary furniture exhibition, Asia Town Center, Cleveland, OH

An Object of Beauty: Metal / Fiber / Glass. Invitational.Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institute, Chautauqua, NY

Then/Now. Invitational. Metal Museum, Memphis, TN

Uncontained: Ohio Metalsmiths and the Vessel. Invitational. Concourse Gallery, Upper Arlington, OH

 

2012-2014

Transformation 8: Contemporary Works in Small Metals. Traveling Exhibition. Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA.

University of Little Rock, Arkansas August 15 - October 15, 2013.

Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI, November 16, 2013 - January 19, 2014

 

2012

Materiality: Mikula, Sinbondit, Yusko, 3-Person exhibition. Heights Arts, Cleveland, OH
F*SHO, Annual contemporary furniture exhibition, Cleveland Twist Drill Building, Cleveland, OH

2011-2012
Cast, Cut, Forged and Crushed: Selections in Metal from the John and Robyn Horn Collection, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR

2011
Re-new, Solo Exhibition. William Busta Gallery, Cleveland, OH

2011
NICHE Awards Exhibition. National Juried. Buyers Market of American Craft, Philadelphia, PA

2010-2011
Craft Forms 2010, National Juried. Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

2010-2012
Iron: 2010. Traveling exhibition. Originating at National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis, TN

2010
The Topography of Metal, National Juried. Gallery M, Cleveland, OH
Haystack: Board/Board, National Group Exhibition. Center for Community Programs, Deer Isle, ME
Modes of Making: Contemporary Studio Furniture. Invitational. Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA
HOT TEA: 12th Biennial Teapot Exhibition, Invitational. Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO
Iron: Forged Tempered Quenched, Invitational. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX

2009
Re-make/Re-model, Invitational. National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis, TN
My Space: Cleveland, Solo Exhibition. William Busta Gallery, Cleveland, OH
The New Steel_ v2, Invitational. National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis, TN

2008
Labor + Industry, Invitational. Asterisk Gallery, Cleveland, OH

2007
CLE+design+style = functionalart 2007. Invitational. Convivium 33 Gallery, Cleveland, OH (Stephen Yusko design for Rose Iron Works)
The New Steel, National Juried (SNAG Conference). Delta Axis Gallery, Memphis, TN
Ironworks, Invitational. Blue Heron Gallery, Deer Isle, ME
Crossover: Combining Traditions, Invitational. Emily Davis Gallery, University of Akron, Akron, OH

2006
Furnished: Forged and Fabricated, Solo Exhibition. Xen Gallery, St. Louis, MO.
Stephen Yusko, Solo Exhibition. The Carnegie Galleries, Covington, KY
27th Annual Contemporary Crafts Exhibition, National Juried. Mesa Contemporary Arts, Mesa, AZ

2005
Enclosed Within, Invitational. Penland Gallery, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC
Resources: Coal, Steel, Rubber, Salt. National Juried (SNAG Conference). Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland, OH
Three Sculptors, Invitational. Hunt Gallery, Webster University, Webster Groves, MO

2004-2005
Educators/Educated: Jewelry and Metals in Ohio, National Invitational. Ohio traveling exhibition, Riffe Gallery, Columbus, OH; Butler Art Institute, Cleveland Institute of Art.

2004
Iron: A New Vocabulary, National Invitational. Penland Gallery, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC
Forging Bonds: Kentucky Blacksmiths and their Mentors, Invitational. Lexington Arts & Cultural Center, Lexington, KY
Condenser House Works, Solo Exhibition. Bonsack Gallery, John Burroughs School, St. Louis, MO
A Work in Progress: 25 Years, Invitational. National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis, TN

2003
Regarding Objects, Invitational. Sheldon Art Galleries, St. Louis, MO
Stephen Yusko: Recent Works, Solo Exhibition. Fontbonne University Gallery, St. Louis, MO

2002
Exquisite Scrap, National Invitational. Craft Alliance Gallery, St. Louis, MO
Recreation/ReCreation, National Invitational. Noyes Museum, Oceanville, NJ

2001
Ancient Futures: The Art of the Blacksmith at the 3rd Millennium, International Invitational. Nova Scotia Centre for Craft + Design, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Color on Metal, National Invitational. OXOXO Gallery, Baltimore, MD

2000
IN/FORM 6, National Invitational. IN/FORM Gallery, St. Louis, MO
New Works/9 States, Regional Juried. Art St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
Master Works for Master Collectors, National Invitational. Gallery WDO, Charlotte, NC

1999
Time and Materials, MFA Thesis Exhibition. Surplus Space Gallery, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
Beacons for the New Millennium, National Invitational. Nancy Sachs Gallery, St. Louis, MO

Selected Awards/Honors

 

2013               

Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Grant, Ohio Arts Council, Columbus, OH

2011
Finalist, Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder’s Prize. Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA
Creative Workforce Fellow, $20,000 award. Community Partnership for Arts and Culture, Cuyahoga County, OH
Finalist, Niche Awards. Niche Magazine, Baltimore, MD

2005
Best of Show, Resources: Coal, Steel, Rubber and Salt.

2003
Nominated for Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Grant

1999
First Place Award, Beacons for the New Millennium

Selected Professional Experience

2014

Windgate Artist-in-Residence, Fall Semester. SUNY Purchase, Purchase, NY

 

2012-Present
SNAG Conference Programming Committee
2012-2013

Craft Think Tank Strategy Symposia

2008-present
Board of Trustees. Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME

2007-present
Artist-in-residence. Rose Iron Works, Cleveland, OH

1999-2006
Mount-maker. The Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO1993-1996
Artist-in-Residence. The National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis, TN

Selected Teaching/Lecture Experience

2016

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME. 2-week summer session, co-taught with Daniel Souto,

Blacksmithing Workshop

Metal Museum, Memphis, TN. Artist’s presentation, gallery talk. In support of Tributaries exhibition

Pocosin Arts Center, Columbia, NC. 2-day workshop

East Carolina University, Greenville, NC. Material Topics Symposium

 

2015

University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA. Lecture and 1-day demonstration

St. Louis Community College, Meramec, MO. Visiting Artist (sculpture department), 3-day intensive

2014
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI. Visiting Artist, Two Week Intensive

2013
Industrial Designers Society of America, Central District Design Conference, Panel Speaker, Cleveland, OH
Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC. Summer Session, Blacksmithing Workshop
New England School of Metalwork, Auburn, ME. Summer Session. Four-day Blacksmithing Workshop

2012-2013
Touchstone Center for Crafts. Farmington, PA. Five-day blacksmithing workshop

2012
Visiting Artist. Kent State University. Kent, OH

2010
Souto Studio. Merida, Venezuela. One week blacksmithing workshop.
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME. Summer Session, Blacksmithing Workshop

2009
PechaKucha Night – Volume 4, Cleveland, OH.
Decorative Arts Trust, Cleveland, OH. Lecture

2007
New England School of Metalwork, Auburn, ME. Summer Session, Blacksmithing Workshop

2006
Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC. Eight-week Spring Concentration, Blacksmithing/Sculpture

2005
Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL. Two-Day Blacksmithing Workshop and Lecture
University of Akron, Akron, OH. Pre-SNAG Conference Workshop and Lecture
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME. Summer Session, Blacksmithing Workshop

2004
California Blacksmith Association, Cazadero, CA. Fall Conference, Demonstration/Lecture
New England School of Metalwork, Auburn, ME. Summer Session, Blacksmithing Workshop
Webster University, Webster Groves, MO. Spring semester, Adjunct Professor, Sculpture
Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO. Six-week Workshop, Small-scale Forging

2002
Webster University, Webster Groves, MO. Spring semester, Adjunct Professor, Sculpture
Maine Craft Association, Haystack School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME. Three Day Workshop

2001-2003
Haystack School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME. Student Craft Institute (pre-summer session)

2001
University of Oregon, Eugene, OR. Metalsmithing Department, Visiting Artist
Fontbonne University, St. Louis, MO. Spring semester, Adjunct Professor, Sculpture
Peters Valley Craft Center, Layton, NJ. Summer Session, Blacksmithing Workshop

2000
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME. Summer Session, Blacksmithing Workshop

1999
Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC. Eight-Week Fall Concentration, Blacksmithing/Sculpture

Selected Publications

2013
American Craft Magazine, December/January 2014 issue, Industrial Strength, Joyce Lovelace. pgs. 64-71

2012
CAN Journal (Collective Arts Network). Made of Cleveland, Erin O’Brien. p. 40

2011
Snyder, Jeffry B. Ironwork Today 3, Inside & Out. Shiffer Publishing

2010
Iron: Forged, Tempered, Quenched, exhibition catalog. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. pgs. 3, 53

2009
Stephen Yusko, My Space: Cleveland. catalog, essay by Don Harvey. Cleveland: William Busta Gallery

2007
Lark Books. 500 Metal Vessels: Contemporary Exploration of Containment. Lark Books Publishing. pgs.  83, 100, 357

2006
Meilach, Dona. Ironwork Today Inside & Out, Schiffer Publishing. p. 233
NICHE Magazine, Winter 2006 issue, All That Glitters Isn’t Gold, Lynda McDaniel. p. 147

2005
Hansson, Bobby; The Fine Art of the Tin Can, Revised Edition, Lark Books Publishing p. 153

2001
McCreight, Tim; Bsullak, Nicole. Color on Metal, Madison, WI: GUILD Publishing. pgs. 16-19

2000
Meilach, Dona. The Contemporary Blacksmith, Schiffer Publishing. pgs. 136, 145, 146

1999
McCreight, Tim. The Metalsmiths Book of Boxes and Lockets, Madison, WI: Hand Books Press. p. 122 and back cover

 

 

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