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Steven Labadessa
Fort Wayne, IN
Neighborhood: Dyker Heights



ARTIST STATEMENT: Painting and drawing serve as a physically enacted ritual of praise and contemplation, aspiring towards a devout pursuit of a severe beauty. It is an aesthetic of imperfection alluding to the underlying nature of matter and memory: everything is subject to age, wear & decay. Yet, obstinately, the invisible is made visible, suspended in the mythical timelessness of the medium – still, but never silent; wherein, this uncertain truth is knowingly implied to antagonize the loneliness of our lives. Therein, it may be countenanced, stared down, transfigured, and treated. … A more grounded discussion of my work begins with considering its "operatic" tone. I exact a preference for hyperbole and "psychological" texture in my work. It comes, as most art forms, from reflections on my life (episodes, experiences, etc.). And, it is imagery that I explore specific to painting within the confines of self-portraiture that typically runs counter to modern western notions of beauty. I re-render the flesh of friends and relations (lasting & temporary) serving as a surrogate for me by “compositing” my imagery from a variety of observed, imaginary and digital sources. In so doing, I seek to continue to resolve/meld both “low” and “high” influences in my with a conscious restraint airing on subtlety to yield tension. Among the influences that orbit my visual mind are Japanese popular/fringe culture from Butoh to anime stemming from my early fandom of Toho films (notably, featuring Godzilla) to an early introduction to anime via UHF PBS broadcasting subtitled anime in the early 70s/80s airing from New Jersey, whilst I wistfully watched on my parent’s bed (their TV was the only one to clearly received the signal, so that I could watch “Captain Harlock” every Sunday night), western comic book art (particularly the “Silver Age” of Marvel Comics), as well as Northern Renaissance Art (for example; Jan Van Eyck, Hans Memling).
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ARTIST RESUME:


STEVEN LABADESSA
currently resides in Joplin, MO â—¦ slabadessa@hotmail.com

EDUCATION

2001
MFA
Painting
University of Pennsylvania (Departmental Grants 1999-2001)

1999
Post-Bacc (2nd)
Painting
School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Scholarship)

1998
Post-Bacc (1st)
Painting
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Scholarship)

JD
Boston University, School of Law (Scholarship)

BS w honors
Psychology
Brooklyn College*

BA w honors
Fine Arts (Drawing)
Brooklyn College*

*summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Scholars’ Program, Dean’s List, Scholarship

ADDITIONAL STUDIES…

Painting
The Art Institute of Boston (Lesley University)

Painting
SVA (i.e., School of Visual Arts, NYC)

Painting
New York Academy of Art

Watercolor, Pastel
The Arts Students’ League of New York

Writing
New York University

Theatre Arts
H.B. Studios, NYC

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014
tba Seminole State College, Sanford, FL

tba Illinois Central College, East Peoria, IL

2009
“Steven Labadessa: ‘severe beauty’” Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, IL

2007
“Steven Labadessa: Composites” Furman University, Greenville, SC

2005
“Steven Labadessa” Chadron State College, Chadron, NE

2004
“Recent Work” Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ

2003
“Steven Labadessa, Paintings” Firelands College (BGSU), Huron, OH

2002
“twenty” Coker College, Hartsville, SC

FEATURED EXHIBITIONS

2011
“Think Art” Commonwealth Art Gallery, Boston, MA

2010
“The Disciplines of Art: Drawing” MDH Fine Arts, New York, NY

2009
“Dion, Kreydatus, Labadessa” MDH Fine Arts, New York, NY


“Severe Beauty” (two-person exhibition) Ohio State University, Mansfield, Mansfield, OH


“Corpus Asunder” (two-person exhibition) Western Oregon University, Monmouth, OR

2008
“Expression in Paint” (two-person exhibition) San Joaquin Delta College, Stockton, CA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS ABRIDGED

2013
“Coburn Goes Small” Coburn Gallery (Ashland University), Ashland, OH

“Figure Now” Fontbonne University, Saint Louis, MO

“12 X 12” Todd Art Gallery (Middle Tennessee State University), Murfreesboro, TN

2012
“Flora and Fauna: Narrative through Iconography” SUNY Geneseo, Geneseo, NY

“Forms of I.D.” University of Southern Indiana, New Harmony, IN

2011
“Retina” Buckham Gallery, Flint, MI

2010
“HEAD first” Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center, Cincinnati, OH (catalogue)

“Faculty Show” Spiva Gallery, Joplin, MO

2009
“Paper Explorations” Bridgewater State College, Bridgewater, MA

“Life Drawing Exhibition” Spiva Gallery, Joplin, MO

2008
“Summer Salon” MDH Fine Arts, New York, NY

“Night of 1,000 Drawings” Artists Space, New York, NY

“Painting as Presence” (William Bailey, Juror), Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, CT

2007
“Submissions Show” Sarah Bowen Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

“Night of 1,000 Drawings” Artists Space, NYC

“Art Faculty Show” Binghamton University Art Museum, Vestal, NY

2006-07
“RE/figure: gods + monsters (Invitational)” Cazenovia College Art Gallery, Cazenovia, NY;University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, North Dartmouth, MA

2006
“Speaking Figuratively (Invitational)” Morehead State University, Morehead, KY

“Night of 1,000 Drawings,” Artists Space, NYC

"The Figure Considered ... (Invitational)" Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY

2005
“Night of 1,000 Drawings” Artists Space, NYC

2004
“Rowan University Faculty Show” LBI Foundation of the Arts & Sciences, Loveladies, NJ

“Night of 1,000 Drawings” Artists Space, NYC

“Faculty Show” Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ

“27th Annual Small Works Competition” 80 Washington Square East Galleries, NYC

“Mid-Atlantic New Painting” (Stephen Phillips - then Curator, Phillips Collection, Juror), Mary Washington College, Fredericksburg, VA

2003
“Figure as Content (Painting Invitational)” College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA

“Mute” (Richard Torchia, Juror), Cade Center for Fine Arts Gallery, Arnold, MD

“Night of 1,000 Drawings” Artists Space, NYC

“Penn MFA Alumni” Kroiz Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2002
“National Prize Show” (Lisa Dennison - then Director, Guggenheim Museum, NY, Juror), Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA

“28th Juried Show” (Hugh Davies - Director, San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, Juror), Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA

“Faculty Show” Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ

2001
“The Future is Now” Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE

“National Prize Show” (Maxwell L. Anderson - then Director, Whitney Museum, NY, Juror), Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA

“Fox Family Show” Fox Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

“Face Off” Betty Rymer Gallery, Chicago, IL

“Current Work 2001” Rosenthal Gallery, Fayetteville, NC

“24th Annual Small Works Competition” 80 Washington Square East Galleries, NYC

AWARDS/HONORS

2008
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship, Visual Arts – Painting

Finalist, “For Art’s Sake: A National Competition” Prismacolor

2004
Merit Award, “Faculty Show” Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ

Juror Award, “27th Annual Small Works Competition” 80 Washington Square East Galleries, NYC

2001
First Place, “Family Show” Fox Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Merit Award, “Current Work 2001: A National Competition” Rosenthal Gallery, Fayetteville, NC

Juror Award, “24th Annual Small Works Competition” 80 Washington Square East Galleries, NYC

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Hendrix, Tiffany, “Corpus Asunder: Campbell Hall’s Latest Installment Questions Gender & Society’s Severe Standards of Beauty,” Western Oregon Journal, January 28, 2009.

Carter, Catherine, “Artists Probe Contemporary Issues through Traditional Methods,” The Standard-Times, March 02, 2007, p. B3.

Reitz, Alison, “Oh, My ‘God’!: Exhibit Gives Form to the Divine and Horrific,” The Torch, February 22, 2007.

Walker, Katie, “Artists Consider the Figure,” The Northerner, August 30, 2006.

Johnson, Pat, “Rowan Faculty Show Comes to the Island,” The Sandpaper, Vol. 30, No. 37, September 15, 2004, p. 20.

Sozanski, Edward J., “Vaulted Pleasures, if Not Vaunted Treasures,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 26, 2002, p. H09.

Warner, David, “School’s Out. Art’s Up,” Philadelphia Citypaper, May 24, 2001, p. 24.

Hicks, Andrea, “Face Off,” F News, April 2001, p. 22.

Korotkin, Joyce, “Twenty-Fourth Small Works Exhibition,” The New York Art World, Vol. 4, No. 7, March 2001.

PUBLICATIONS

2010
HEAD first, Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center

Self, Ovenden Contemporary, UK (Beautiful Cariad Publishing)

2009
Blixt (Missouri Southern State University), vol. 3, Spring 2009

2008
2009 Prismacolor Promotional Calendar, “For Art’s Sake: A National Competition”

Artifact (San Joaquin Delta College), #16, vol. 2, November 2008

2006
G.W. Review (George Washington University), Fall/Winter Issue.

2005
Redivider (Emerson College), Spring Issue.

LECTURES/PRESENTATIONS

2010
Crowder College, Neosho, MO

2009
Longwell Museum (Southwest Missouri Art Alliance), Neosho, MO

2008
Missouri Southern State University, Joplin, MO

Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY

University of Tampa, Tampa, FL

2006
Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY

Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY

2005
Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA

2003
Firelands College (Bowling Green State University), Huron, OH

2002
Coker College, Hartsville, SC

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

2001-present
College Art Association

JUROR

2002
“30th Annual Student Competition & Exhibition” Coker College, Hartsville, SC

SLIDE REGISTRY

Irving Sandler Artists File, Artists Space, NYC http://local-artists.org/users/steven-labadessa

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2012
Assistant Professor of Studio Art
University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, IN
2D Composition, Drawing*, Advanced Drawing*, Painting*, Advanced Painting*
*Teaching at both undergraduate & graduate levels

2008-2011
Assistant Professor of Drawing and Painting (Tenure Track)
Missouri Southern State University, MO
Beginning thru Advanced Drawing, Special Projects-Drawing, Figure Drawing, Beginning thru Advanced Painting,
Special Projects-Painting, Water Based Media/Painting, Art Appreciation (Honors)

2008-09
Instructor
Spiva Center for the Arts, MO
Drawing, Figure Drawing, Self-Portrait Workshop *All classes multi-level for adults.

2006-07
Visiting Artist in Painting (Academic Year)
Binghamton University (SUNY), NY
Painting 1, Painting 2

2004-05
Assistant Professor of Painting (Full Time, One Year Temporary)
Rowan University, NJ
Color Theory, Drawing, Figure Drawing, Painting I - VII, Independent Studies (Painting)

2001-04
Instructor
Perkins Center for the Arts, NJ
Painting, Drawing, Figure Drawing *All classes multi-level for adults

2003
Instructor
Wayne Art Center, PA
Painting, Drawing *All classes multi-level for adults.

2002
Lecturer (Sabbatical Replacement)
Marywood University, PA
Basic Drawing, Visual Concepts

 








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