About the Artist

Contact Info
Michael Steddum
PO Box 162
Webb City, MO 64870
Call: (417) 434-6870

Michael Steddum was raised in California. He joined the Navy at eighteen and traveled the world. He started off as a cook and ended his enlistment as a Draftsman Illustrator. After his enlistment was up, he found work in a gallery in San Diego. In 1990, Michael left the gallery to pursue a career as a full-time artist.

In Michael’s current body of work, the transparent fragile nature of glass is symbolic for the nature of humanity. When we gather together we can reflect the attitudes and opinions of those around us. Place a single color jar behind three clear jars and suddenly all the jars appear to have that color. Our attitudes and actions as people happen much the same way. As our world becomes smaller and groups become more divisive, we see how fragile a variety of relationships become. A single person standing for what they believe in has a powerful influence on those around them

Constantly exploring this world through his art, Michael has lived in different parts of the country. In 1998, a one-hundred-year-old farmhouse in Wisconsin became his home. A few miles north of the farm he built a cabin in the woods by hand, complete with a fieldstone fireplace. In 2002 he moved to New York, returning to the rolling hills of Wisconsin a few years later. In 2008, a "handyman’s special" cottage in Missouri became a project for Michael and his wife. All during this time, he produced several hundred paintings that we have come to know and love. Michael has spent almost three decades painting his way through life and sharing his work.

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EDUCATION

BFA Studio Art/Painting  Missouri Southern State University, Summa Cum Laude

 

EXHIBITIONS

2018     Buttonwood "We Art Together" Kansas City, MO

2018     NOAPS "Fall On-Line International Exhibition" (Juried)

2017     One Man Show October 2017 Art Central, Carthage, MO

2016     Artists of Northwest Arkansas 22nd Annual Regional Art Exhibition, Fayetteville, AR (Juried)

2016     “69th Annual Membership Show” Spiva Center for the Arts, Joplin, MO

2016     Spiva Small Works, Joplin, MO

2016     Joplin Regional Artists Coalition "Transformations", Joplin, MO 

2016     Joplin Regional Artists Coalition "The Skys the Limit" Mt. Vernon, MO

2016     Art Central Membership Show, Carthage, MO

2015     Art Central Annual Membership Exhibition, Carthage, MO

2015     Watercolor Missouri International 2014, St Louis, MO (Juried) Awarded Signature Membership

2015      Passion, Art Central Hyde House Show, Carthage, MO

2014     “67th Annual Membership Show” Spiva Center for the Arts, Joplin, MO

2014     Kansas Watercolor Society National Exhibition, Wichita, KS (Juried)

2014     Thomas Hart Benton Four State Regional Competition, Neosho, MO

2014     National Members’ Invitational, Missouri Watercolor Society, Columbia, MO

2014     “6th Annual PINNACLE National Competition” Florida A&M University (Juried)

2014     “National Small Oil Painting 2014” Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita, KS (Juried)

2014     Artists of Northwest Arkansas 20th Annual Regional Art Exhibition, Springdale, AR (Juried)

2014      Kansas City Artists Coalition 19th Undergraduate College Student Exhibition (Juried)    

2014     Artists of the 21st Century Exhibition, Humboldt, TN (Juried) 

2014     Watercolor Missouri International 2014, Fulton, MO (Juried) 

2014     85 Years/85 Artists, Menlo College, Atherton, CA.

2013     “66th Annual Membership Show” Spiva Center for the Arts, Joplin, MO

2013     Kansas Watercolor Society National Exhibition, Wichita, KS (Juried)

2013     “Small Works” George A. Spiva Center for the Arts, Joplin, MO

2013      Artists of Northwest Arkansas 19th Annual Regional Art Exhibition, Springdale, AR (Juried)

2013      National Members’ Invitational, Missouri Watercolor Society, Columbia, MO

2013      National Endowment for the Arts, Art Workers, Joplin, MO

2013      Kansas City Artists Coalition 2013 Undergraduate College Student Exhibition (Juried)

2012      “65th Annual Membership Show” Juror: Thor Mednick, Spiva Center for the Arts, Joplin, MO

2012     “Small Works” George A. Spiva Center for the Arts, Joplin, MO

2012     “Small Art, Big Love” The Beehive Collaborative, Carthage, MO

2012     “National Small Oil Painting 2012” Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita, KS (Juried)

 

AWARDS/HONORS

2018     Buttonwood "We Art Together" Kansas City, MO, Best of Show & People's Choice Award

2018     NOAPS "Fall On-Line International Exhibition" (Juried) Merit Award

2016     Spiva Small Works, Joplin, MO, Best Still Life

2016     Joplin Regional Artists Coalition "Transformations", Joplin, MO, Second Place 2D

2016     Joplin Regional Artists Coalition "The Skys the Limit" Mt. Vernon, MO, Second Place 2D

2015      Passion, Art Central Hyde House Show, Carthage, MO, Best of Show

2014     Thomas Hart Benton Four State Regional Competition, Neosho, MO, Fourth Place Award  

2014      National Members’ Invitational, Missouri Watercolor Society, Columbia, MO, Merit Award

2014     “National Small Oil Painting 2014” Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita, KS, Director Emeritus Purchase Award   

2014     Artists of the 21st Century Exhibition, Humboldt, TN, 1st Place 2D

2013     “Small Works” George A. Spiva Center for the Arts, Joplin, MO, Best Still Life

2013      National Members’ Invitational, Missouri Watercolor Society, Columbia, MO, Merit Award

2013      Artists of Northwest Arkansas 19th Annual Regional Art Exhibition, Springdale, AR (Juried) Gwen & Harold Long Memorial Award for Oil

2012      “65th Annual Membership Show” Juror: Thor Mednick, Spiva Center for the Arts, Joplin, MO,   Merit Award