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Since 1985, Shepard has concentrated on the use of Prismacolor pencils, ink and graphite on watercolored paper to create stylized, narrative images drawn from his fascination with birds and fish, foliage and water.

Born in Port Arthur, Texas, in 1955, Steve Shepard has spent most of his life on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, a place his family has been associated with since 1810. He began beachcombing, fishing, shrimping, sailing,rowing and operating a small motorboat when he was eight. Growing up surrounded by woods with few nearby families, Shepard learned to love the natural world and to see the coast undeveloped even as developers moved into take advantage of government shipyard spending schemes to crowd his county with job-seekers. The current gambling casino frenzy has created another wave of woods and water wrecking which only fuels the imaginary environmental healing envisioned in Steve's artwork.

Shepard earned a B.F.A. from the University of South Alabama and attended the Santa Fe Workshops of Contemporary Art in 1976. He has had one-person and group exhibitions in university and commercial galleries across the nation, and his work appears in many private and a few public collections.

I am essentially a water-and-nature-oriented person, Steve says. I can enjoy the urban life for short periods, but I feel most at home on the water, surrounded by woods.

SELECTED GRANTS AND AWARDS

  • 1997-98
    • Mississippi Arts Commission Grant
  • 1997
    • W.T. Neal Residency Grant, Blountstown, FL
  • 1996-97
    • NEA/Southern Arts Federation Visual Arts Fellowship
  • 1998
    • Best of Show, Pleasure Island, AL
    • Best of Show, Fairhope, AL
    • Third Place, Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Denver
    • Best of 2-D, Memphis Arts Festival
  • 1997
    • Best of Show, Pleasure Island, AL
    • Best of Show, Fairhope, AL
    • Best of Show, Roanoke, VA
    • Third Place, St. Louis Art Fair
    • Award of Distinction, Pensacola
  • 1996
    • Best of Show, Artsquest, Seaside, FL
    • Best of Show, Baton Rouge, LA
    • Award of Distinction, Dunedin, FL
    • President's Award, Magic City, Birmingham
  • 1995
    • Merit Award, Gasparilla Festival, Tampa
  • 1994
    • Merit Award, Gasparilla Festival, Tampa
    • Best of Show, Bluff Park, Birmingham
    • Best of Show, Augusta, GA
    • City of Birmingham Award, Magic City, Birmingham
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
  • 1992
    • Lakeland College, Sheboygan, WI
  • 1991
    • University of Colorado, Boulder
  • 1990
    • Truman State University, Kirksville, MO
    • University of Alabama, Huntsville
    • SE Massachusetts University, N. Dartmouth
  • 1987
    • Illinois Wesleyan Univ. Bloomington
    • Mia Gallery, Seattle
    • Leslie Muth Gallery, Houston
  • 1986
    • Janet Fleisher Gallery, Philadelphia
    • Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
  • 1999
    • Mississippi Museum of Art "Invitational"
  • 1998
    • University of West Florida "...Steve Shepard and Walter I. Anderson"
  • 1997
    • Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem "1996 SAF/NEA Winners"
  • 1996
    • Mobile Museum of Art "Southeastern Juried Exhibition"
  • 1995
    • Mobile Museum and Huntsville Museum "Alabama Impact..."
  • 1991
    • Museum of the Society of (Book) Illustrators, New York
    • Quinlan Art Center, Gainesville, "Juried Works on Paper"
    • Pennsylvania School of Art and Design, Lancaster
    • Artlink, Fort Wayne, IN
    • Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington
  • 1990
    • International Monetary Fund Gallery, Washington, "Nine MS Artists"
    • Gasperi Gallery, New Orleans
  • 1988
    • University of North Carolina, Greensboro
    • 1708 East Main Gallery, Richmond, VA
    • Race Street Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI
    • Lauren Rogers Museum, Laurel, MS
    • Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem "Contemporary Drawing"
  • 1987
    • Chicago Public Library "Urgent Messages"
    • Janet Fleisher Gallery, Philadelphia
    • Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi
    • Crescent Gallery, Dallas
  • 1986
    • Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York

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TRIPTYCH: "God Made the Saltwater Bayou Whole and Perfect..."
left panel, "Elvis..."
72"x23"
1997
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TRIPTYCH: "God Made the Saltwater Bayou Whole and Perfect..."
middle panel, "Saltwater Bayou..."
72"x46"
1997
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TRIPTYCH: "God Made the Saltwater Bayou Whole and Perfect..."
right panel, "Abe Lincoln..."
72"x23"
1997
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DIPTYCH: "Wilderness or Die"
left panel
72"x48"
1999

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