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S. Scott Steberger

  • S Scott Steberger

    Position: Adjunct

    Department: Francis Worldwide

    Office: Scotus Hall

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    About S. Scott Steberger


    B.A. Fine Arts, Penn State University

    Narrative Statement                                                                               

    As a drawer and an artist, I have spent my career making marks. Even when painting or sculpting, I still consider it making marks. This idea of a “mark on a surface”;  marks on paper / on canvas / on the floor / ceiling / wall / marks in the air, is fascinating to me. This idea of “leaving a mark” goes into the larger, conceptual idea of all of us leaving our “mark” on things; leaving a “mark” on the community / on the world / on the earth / on one another.   ALL OF US / all of this that we do/ whatever we do / us / the community / the world / the earth, are interconnected by the “marks” we make:  The “marks” we leave behind. No matter how big or small, the “marks” we make, affect someone or something.

    I teach with the same passion. The words I speak, the assignments I give, the images I show,  leave a mark on all who hear and see them. I hope that all whom I have the privilege to work with, can appreciate how we are all connected and how everything we say, do and create, affects someone or something. 

    After graduating with a BFA Degree (1988-Pennsylvania State University), I opened The Mountain Top Art Gallery in Cresson, Pa.  I used it as my work studio and exhibited artwork created by local and regional artists and craftspeople.  At its height in 2000, the gallery represented over 60 artists and had three employees. The gallery also specialized in archival picture framing and restoration, which I still do. I closed the gallery in 2002 because it became too chaotic and I was becoming less of an artist and more of a businessperson.  In other words, it was becoming a job.

    Since 1989, I have been part of numerous solo and group exhibitions all over the Southern Alleghenies and Western Pennsylvania regions. Highlights include several Associated Artists of Pittsburgh exhibitions at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh where I received the Memorial Award for an Outstanding Landscape (1997) and the Exhibition Award given by the Westmoreland Museum of American Art (1998).  Other honors received at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, Pa, in addition to a solo exhibition (1999), include the Juror’s Award of Excellence from the Southwestern Pennsylvania Artists Exhibition (1996). I am very honored to have been included in almost every Biennial / Triennial / Invitational Exhibition of the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Loretto, Pa since 1990. In the Biennial (2012), I received the Merit Award for Drawing.  The museum has also honored me with solo exhibitions at the (Main) Loretto Site (2005) and the Altoona Site (2010). I was the recipient of their Lee Atkins Memorial Award for Artistic Distinction (1997) (an honor presented to an artist of the Southern Alleghenies region for artistic accomplishments). Through the PA Council of the Arts / PA Partners in the Arts, I helped the Lilly-Washington Historical Society receive five separate grants (2003, 04, 05, 06, 08) to design and fabricate bas relief monuments memorializing various groups, themes and accomplishments in the history of Lilly and Washington Township, Pa.  The outdoor monuments are displayed throughout the town.  In addition to making art, I do archival picture framing and simple art restoration. I am also an adjunct instructor at both Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pa and Mount Aloysius College in Cresson, Pa. I am currently working on a book; The Illustrated History of Lilly-Washington Township (1800 – Present) and always preparing for the next exhibition. 

    I have been inspired all my life by the Pennsylvania landscape and the region where I grew up and still live. I grew up and still live in a small town that owes its existence to coal.  I lived by and played on boney pile mountains (unused coal mining left overs) and caught crayfish in water so dirty with acid mine run off that we wondered how any life existed there.  I always seemed to see the beauty though. Most, if not all my art is inspired by the interaction between humans and the earth. I’m most attracted to harmonious scenes where man has left its mark; cultivated farmland, a simple fence in a field, a pile of old tires with weeds popping up through the centers, a lifeless black and red boney pile surrounded by green trees and life-filled mountains, and of late, the new wind turbines. From a distance, these colossal structures seem like stick figures, dancing on the mountain – up close, monstrous, looming and eerie. These are the things that inspire me.  Somewhat of an environmentalist, or at the very least, someone who appreciates this wondrous world, I make most of my art out of earth friendly materials, paint, recycled things, recycled paper that I make with leftover mat board scraps, recycled frames. 

    The universal language of ART has, from the beginning of recorded history, recorded what we have been, where we are now, and where we are going.