Roy Steele - Artist Statement
While involved in an artist residency at the University of Southern Maine in 1988, I often ventured over to the coast and explored the Rachel Carson Preserve. Although I didn’t examine the oceans with the intensity that Rachel Carson did, I knew from my mathematical background that she was right when she connected the negative changes happening in the ocean to human activity. As I walked over the huge rocks and viewed the flat wetlands, I began to ponder how out-of-balance our environment had become since I was a kid growing up on a farm in Michigan in the forties and fifties. I knew we could not be silent.
Roy Steele - Artist’s Bio
Roy was born in Lake Odessa, Michigan and taught mathematics for fourteen years in Michigan before receiving his MFA from Alfred University in Ceramic Art in 1984. He was Director of Education at CASES (Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services) in New York City where he started a program to teach basic skills to felony offenders using art and technology. He taught IB art at the International Baccalaureate School for Global Education in Astoria, Queens for eight years and has also taught art at several universities and colleges in the New York State Region.
Roy received the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in 1988 and has done residencies in Corning, New York and Skidmore College through the New York Foundation for the Arts. He was an artist-in-resident at the University of Southern Maine in 1988 and completed a large installation in Bailey Hall on the Gorham Campus. Recently, he was an artist-in-residence at Hunter College in New York City and was an Art Fellow at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York in the summer of 2011.
Exhibitions include the West End Centre in Aldershot England, the Albright-Knox Museum, Everson Museum, Schenectady Museum, Utica College, Radford University and the Clay Studio in Philadelphia. He has had solo exhibitions at University of Southern Maine, Skidmore College, 171 Center St. Art Center in Corning, New York and most recently at Hunter College in New York City.