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“The aesthetic intent of my work is not to create ‘junkyard art’ but to repurpose industrial artifacts,” he writes in his self-published hardcover book, The Mauro Series and The Big Spring Panel Project – Steven Maeck: 15 Years of Sculpture. His goal is to alter and/or recombine these artifacts in a way that makes it look as though the parts were never used in the first place. As his myriad public exhibitions attest, Steven has found an audience, both near and far. His sculptures have been displayed, among other places, at the Hearst Center for the Arts in Cedar Falls, Iowa; the Helen Day Art Center in Stowe, Vermont; the Loveland (Colorado) Fine Art Invitational; the SculptureWalk in Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Zoo Knoxville (Tennessee); and the Reiman Gardens, Iowa State University, Ames. Just this summer, he delivered the sculpture Muso’s Thought to Moline, Iowa, where it will be displayed through June 2022 as part of the Quad Cities Arts’ public sculpture program. (The work’s title reflects “whatever occurs in the consciousness of the person who encounters it,” Steven explains.) While today Steven calls Burr Oak – Karleen grew up in nearby Decorah – home, his story begins in Northeast Vermont, where he was raised by parents (John, a physician, and Doris, a homemaker) who greatly appreciated art. “Their love of art had a real significant effect on me,” he says. “In particular, I never got over one piece of artwork, a forged-iron sculpture that they commissioned in the late 1950s from sculptor Paul Aschenbach of a nude woman tying a ribbon in her hair.” Steven would, initially, forge a different path into the art world, spending many years as a gallerist in Manhattan specializing in Oriental rugs and modern art. “I could not have known it at the time, but [my education as an artist] all began with the rugs … handling these objects day in and out in New York, I internalized this process of weaving color into form and began to recognize when it succeeded and when it didn’t. When I began to make my own work, that ability was just there.”

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