Kenneth Steinbach's work explores the poetic possibilities found at the intersection of appropriated materials, historical narrative, and sculptural investigation. Working within a variety of media and visual traditions, his work speaks into personal and cultural histories that are altered and discarded as we continually revise our understandings of our world. About his work he states: "I am curious about the stories that are etched into our physical environment, the objects, materials and spaces that are invested with meanings. The conflicting and incongruent narratives they evoke are a revealing map of human experience, in many ways richer in their naked complexity, contradiction, and temporality than any formal history".
A graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art in Sculpture, Kenneth is the recipient of the 2014 Arlin G. Meyer Prize from the Lilly Fellows Foundation. 2012-2014 solo exhibits include Mappa Mundi at the Silverwood Park Gallery in Minneapolis, Kenneth Steinbach at Circa Gallery in Minneapolis, Theories of Forgetting at St. John’s University, and the New Forests of Thoreau's America at the College of Visual Arts. His work was also included in Americana at the Soap Factory, (curated by Ben Heywood), and Walker on the Green at the Walker Art Center (with David Denninger) in 2014. He has received three grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board grants and two grants from Bethel University in direct support of his work and research. Kenneth resides in Minneapolis with his wife Kari, a theatrical director. He is Professor of Art at Bethel University, where he teaches classes in Three Dimensional Visual Thinking, Sculpture, Senior Seminar in Art, and Creative Practices. They have two adult daughters who are both pursing careers in the arts.
Kenneth is currently researching the activities of mid-career artists that support long term creative viability with a goal of providing creative strategies and resources for artists educated during the social and educational climate of the last decade. Recent presentations on this research include Hard Data and Speculative Thoughts About the Nature of the Creative Process at Bethel University,The Problem With Creativity at Winona State University, and Creative Ideation and Individual Process at Gordon College.
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