Project Description

Stephen Knapp

 

Born 1947, Worcester, MA
Stephen Knapp is an American artist best known as the creator of lightpaintings, which have been called one of the first new art mediums of the twenty-first century. Dispensing with traditional media and narrative content, Knapp is one of a small group of artists who work with light. His lightpaintings make visible the light that surrounds us and transforms it into something physical yet inherently transcendental.
Deriving inspiration from his studies of light, color, dimension, space and perception, artist Stephen Knapp has been creating art that interacts with and is transformed by light for over thirty years. He began his career as a photographer and evolved his own specialized processes through research and experimentation. He progressed to building large metal panels and glazed ceramic murals that are reflective and responsive to changing light conditions. What followed was the fabrication of kiln-formed glass walls and glass and steel sculpture, all leading up to his more recent focus on lightpaintings, a word Knapp coined to describe his light-based installations. Formed at the intersection of painting, sculpture, and architecture lightpaintings are intangible, multi-dimensional compositions of pure radiance.
In speaking about his work, Stephen Knapp states, “I have been fascinated with light all my life, both for what it can do and for the effect it has on us. In all my prior mediums I’ve used light in ways that are not always apparent. When I found a way to uniquely express myself in light, I embraced it fully. With my lightpaintings I separate white light into pure color and ‘paint’ with light. Each piece has a presence that far exceeds its physical dimensions. At once both physical objects and illusions, they remind us that dreams, hopes and aspirations are the center of art’s ability to touch the human spirit.”
Knapp has gained an international reputation for large-scale works of art held in
museums, public, corporate and private collections, in media as diverse as light, kiln
formed glass, metal, stone, mosaic and ceramic. He has had solo museum exhibitions
at the Boise Art Museum, the Chrysler Museum of Art, the Naples Art Museum, the
Butler Institute of American Art, the Dayton Art Institute and the Flint Institute of Arts,
among others. His work has appeared in many international publications including Art
and Antiques, Architectural Record, ARTnews, The Asahai Shimbun, Ceramics
Monthly, The Chicago Sun Times, Interior Design, The New York Times, Progressive
Architecture, Sculpture Magazine, The Washington Post and others.

EDUCATION
1969   BA, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2015   The Bascom, Highlands, NC
2014   Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL
2014   Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, NY
2014   Bernarducci Meisel Gallery, New York, NY
2013   Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, LA
2013   The Lowe Art Museum, Miami, FL
2013   Miami International Art Fair
2013   Art Palm Beach 2013
2012   The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, NY
2012   The Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, OH
2012   Vero Beach Museum of Art, Vero Beach, FL
2011    Naples Museum of Art, Naples, FL
2010   Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID
2010   Naples Museum of Art, Naples, FL
2010   J. Johnson Gallery, Jacksonville Beach, FL
2010   Melissa Morgan Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA
2009   Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA
2009   Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro, VT
2009   Melissa Morgan Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA
2009   The Dahl Art Center, Rapid City, SD
2008   Dennos Museum Center, Traverse City, MI
2008   South Dakota Art Museum, Brookings, SD
2007   Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH
2007   Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Art Basel Miami Beach, FL
2007   Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art of the Midland Center for the Arts
2006   Eckert Fine Art, Naples, FL
2005   Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, MI
2005   Stephen Knapp Project Space, Art Santa Fe
2005   Kraft Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL
2004   Skot Foreman Fine Art, Atlanta, GA
2003   Kraft Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL
1994   “Fantasy in Glass”, Chicago, IL

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2014   First Look, Bernaducci Meisel Gallery, New York, NY
2012   Contemporary Glass Sculpture: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Studio Glass, Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL
2011   Sculpture Today: New Forces, New Forms, Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids
2006   Palm Beach Contemporary
2005   Art Chicago in the Park
2005   Art Miami
2005   San Francisco International Art Expo 7
2005   Palm Beach Contemporary
2004   The International Art + Design Fair
2004   Los Angeles Art Show
2004   Art Miami
2004   Palm Beach Contemporary
2004   San Francisco International Art Expo 6
2004   Art Chicago
2003   Art of the Twentieth Century
2003   Los Angeles Art Show
2003   Art Santa Fe
2003   Art Chicago
2003   ARTForm, Palm Beach, FL
2003   “El Arte de las Vidrieras: luz, color y espacio”, La Valldigna, Comunitat Valenciana, Spain
2002   Reflections on Glass, New York, NY
2001   The Coloured Light, Pfarrkirchen, Germany
2001   2001 Hsinchu International Glass Arts Festival, Taiwan
1998   Glass: A Group Exhibition, Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ
1994   International Survey of Contemporary Art Glass, Pittsburgh, PA
1993   Glass Now 15th, Japan
1991   Mars and the Muses, Higgins Armory, Worcester, MA

SELECTED COMMISSIONS
2013   “Overlook”, lightpainting, private residence, Dover, MA
2013   “The Ten Year Itch”, lightpainting, private residence, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
2013   “Celebration”, lightpainting, private residence, Orlando, FL
2013   “With Respect”, lightpainting, Worcester, MA
2012   “Deferred Dream”, lightpainting, Van Nuys, CA
2012   “A Nod to Sandy”, lightpainting, private collection, Potomac, MD
2012   “Brooks Station Nightlife”, lightpainting, SeaFair, Miami, FL
2011   “Chance Encounters”, lightpainting, private residence, Amagansett, NY
2011   “Structure, Space and Time”, lightpainting, Linus Pauling Science Center, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
2010   “To Be Announced”, lightpainting, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
2010   “Opera Memories,” lightpainting, private residence, Santa Fe, NM
2009   “Heritage Jitter”, lightpainting, Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA
2009   “Transformation”, lightpainting, Constitution Center, Washington, DC
2009   “Trailing Light”, lightpainting, Oasis of the Seas, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
2009   “Chasing Red”, lightpainting, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY
2008   “Coming Home”, lightpainting, private residence, St. Augustine, FL
2008   “Momentum”, lightpainting, private residence, Naples, FL
2007   “Masked Illusions”, lightpainting, Riverside Theatre, Vero Beach, FL
2006   “Traversing a Luminous Fold”, lightpainting, Miami University, Oxford, OH
2006   “First Symphony”, lightpainting, Sursa Performance Hall, Ball State University, Muncie, IN
2006   “Seven Muses”, lightpainting, Eisemann Center for Performing Arts, Richardson, TX
2006   “Luminous Affirmations”, lightpainting, Lights on Tampa, Tampa City Hall, FL
2005   “Harlequin”, lightpainting, private residence, Boca Raton, FL
2004   “Toccata”, lightpainting, MITRE Corp, Bedford, MA
2004   “Beyond” lightpainting, private residence, Richardson, TX
2004   “Fandango”, private residence, Allentown, PA
2003   “The Magician”, lightpainting, private residence, Chicago, IL
2002   “The Christ Doors”, kiln formed glass, The Solanus Casey Center, Detroit, MI
2002   “Quattuordecim”, lightpainting, The American Bible Society, New York, NY
2002   Lightpainting, light sculpture, and kiln formed glass wall, the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Agnes, Fond du Lac, WI
2001   Kiln formed glass entries, The Worcester Public Library, Worcester, MA
2001   “The Crystal Quilt”, kiln formed glass wall, Love Library, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2001   “Stories from Light”, suspended light sculpture, Women and Babies Hospital, Lancaster, PA
2000   “The Crossroads Quartet”, four kiln formed glass screens, Sam Nunn Federal Center,
Atlanta, GA
2000   Light sculpture, Saints Memorial Medical Center, Lowell, MA
2000   “The Healing Arts Suite”, three carved slate and mosaic tile murals, The Florida Department of Health, Tallahassee, FL
1999   Kiln formed glass screens, Kilroy Airport Center III, Long Beach, CA
1999   Kiln formed glass wall, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA
1999   Carved slate and mosaic murals, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Silver Spring, MD
1998   Kiln formed glass screens, Kilroy Airport Center, Long Beach, CA
1998   “Rainbow Harp”, light sculpture, “Chicago’s Treasures”, kiln formed glass wall, CNA Insurance Companies, Chicago, IL
1997   Kiln formed glass wall, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA
1996   Kiln formed glass walls and suspended sculpture, Harnischfeger Industries, Milwaukee, WI
1996   Kiln formed glass panels, CNA Insurance Companies, Chicago, IL
1996   Mixed media installations, Splendour of the Seas, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
1996   Kiln formed glass wall, Sprint, Washington, D.C.
1995   Kiln formed glass doors, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Lake Buena Vista, FL
1995   Kiln formed glass walls, Lotus Development Corporation, Cambridge, MA
1995   Fantasy in Glass Exhibit, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL
1994   Kiln formed glass wall, Allmerica Financial Headquarters, Worcester, MA
1993   Kiln formed glass screens, United Airlines, Benito Juarez International Airport, Mexico City
1993   Kiln formed glass screens, United Airlines, Dulles Airport, Washington, D.C.
1993   Kiln formed glass wall, Brunswick Corporation, Lake Forest, IL
1989   Polychromed stainless steel murals, McDonnell Douglas, Long Beach, CA
1988   Ceramic mural, etched stainless steel walls, The Spa, Boston, MA
1986   “Convergence”, etched metal mural, Hamilton County Justice Complex, Cincinnati, OH
1985   “The Odyssey”, “Homage to Shigaraki”, “The Search”, glass glaze ceramic murals, USAA Federal Savings Bank, San Antonio, TX
1984   “The Dawning”, dyed, etched aluminum mural, Norton Company, Worcester, MA

PUBLICATIONS
2010   Stephen Knapp: Lightpaintings/Social Commentary, Boise Art Museum
2007   Stephen Knapp: Lightpaintings, Alden B. Dow Museum
2005   The Sculpture Reference, Illustrated, Arthur Williams
2002   Reflections on Glass, Virginia Chieffo Raguin, American Bible Society
1999   Artisans Glass, Jera May Morton, Watson Guptil Publications
1998   The Art of Glass, Stephen Knapp, Rockport Publishers
1997   Architectural Glass Art, Andrew Moor, Mitchell Beazley
1995   “A Guide to Architectural Art Glass”, Architectural Record, May 1995
1995   “Architectural Art Glass”, Glass Magazine, May 1995
1989   “Art with Heart – A Guide to Collaborating with Creative Types on Building Art”, Skylines, March 1989
1987   “Collaborating with Artists”, Progressive Architecture, April, 1987
1987   “Working with Artists – A Developers’ Guide for Commissioning Artwork”, Urban Land, September 1987

SELECTED ARTICLES
2010   Arbus, May/June 2010
2009   The Washington Post, September 2009
2009   Canadian Architect, September 2009
2009   Faith & Form, 2009
2008   90 + 10, Buenos Aires, June 2008
2007   Sculpture Magazine, September 2007
2006   Art of the Times, Summer 2006
2004   Public Art Review, Summer, 2004
2003   Chicago Sun Times, October 2003
2001   The Coloured Light – Exhibition Catalog, 2001
2001   Hsinchu International Glass Arts Festival, Exhibition Catalog
2001   ArchitectureWeek.com, October 2001
1996   Interior Design, May 1996
1995   Architectural Record, May 1995
1993   Glass Now 15th, Exhibition Catalog, 1993
1993   Interiors, July 1993
1989   Progressive Architecture, July 1989
1989   The New York Times, June 15, 1989
1987   Urban Land, September 1987
1987   Art & Antiques, April 1987
1987   Progressive Architecture, April 1987
1987   Ceramics Monthly, February 1987
1987   ARTnews, January 1987
1986   Southwest Art, May 1986
1986   Honoho Geijutsu (Japan), Spring 1986
1986   Corporate ARTnews, March-April 1986
1986   Nikkei Architecture (Japan), December 1985
1985   The Shinbijutsu Shinbun (Japan), August 1985
1981   Progressive Architecture, July 1981
1978   Progressive Architecture, June 1978
1977   Interior Design, March 1977

MUSEUM COLLECTIONS
Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH
The Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, MI
Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ

SELECTED PRIVATE, PUBLIC AND CORPORATE COLLECTIONS
Ella Fontanals-Cisneros, Miami, FL
Bob and Terry Edwards, Naples, FL
Al and Betsey Harris, Naples, FL
Barry Hershman, Boca Raton, FL
Randall and Marcia Johnson, Santa Fe, NM
Bruce and Pam Loch, Allentown, PA
Don and Mary Melville, Scarborough, ME
Jim and Gayla VonEhr, Richardson, TX
Ball State University, Muncie, IN
Brunswick Corporation, Lake Forest, IL
Citibank, New York, NY
CNA Insurance Companies, Chicago, IL
Constitution Center, Washington, DC
Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA
The Eisemann Center, Richardson, TX
The Florida Department of Health, Tallahassee, FL
Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA
The Hamilton County Justice Complex, Cincinnati, OH
McDonnell Douglas, Long Beach, CA
Miami University of Ohio, Oxford, OH
Norton Company, Worcester, MA
Polaroid Corporation, Cambridge, MA
Riverside Theatre, Vero Beach, FL
Rockefeller Center, New York, NY
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
The Sam Nunn Federal Center, Atlanta, GA
Sprint, Washington, DC
Tampa City Hall, Tampa, FL
United Airlines, Dulles Airport, Washington, DC
The University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
USAA Federal Savings Bank, San Antonio, TX
The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Silver Spring, MD
The Wexner Institute for Pediatric Research, Columbus, OH
Women and Babies Hospital, Lancaster, PA
Worcester Medical Center, Worcester, MA
The Worcester Public Library, Worcester, MA

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