Steve Wiman

Profile | Statement | Biography


Steve Wiman • Profile

Thoughtful, evocative, playful – Steve Wiman’s arrangements of discarded objects captivate the eye with a sense of familiarity.  A closer inspection however, often reveals something contradictory, even unsettling.  He embraces unaltered found materials, treating each like recovered treasure. Creating a gentle, almost joking dialogue, he speaks of beauty and sentimentality, however grounded in compelling precision.

Although Wiman credits the study of color and composition in painting as his aesthetic foundation, it was his mother's depression-era household collections that inspire him. Everything was saved: washed and flattened aluminum foil, rubber bands, strings and shoelaces. Many things were transformed by disassembling them and storing one like thing with another. Wiman once asked his mother where a box of plastic balls came from; they were from roll-on deodorant bottles. He has taken this aesthetic into the studio and made a life's work of reimagining the most ordinary things.

Steve Wiman earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from University of Texas, he also attended University of North Texas, where he earned his BFA.  In addition to art-making, he owns and operates an antique shop in Austin, Texas.


Steve Wiman • Statement

Years ago, I encountered a quotation accredited with Ralph Waldo Emerson which resonated with me.  Emerson said, “There is no object so foul that an intense light will not render it beautiful.”  This truth has inspired and illuminated my art making.  Finding beauty in the mundane and shining a light on it is my mission as an artist.


Steve Wiman • Biography

EDUCATION

1986   
Master of Fine Arts, University of Texas, Austin, TX

1981    
Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of North Texas, Denton, TX

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2016
"Everyone in the Pool", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI

"Collective Alchemy", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

2015
"Let's Get Started", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

"Everyone in The Pool", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI

“Lookie Here”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

2014    
“Annual Fall Celebration”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

“Slightly Obsessive II”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI

“transFIGURATION Project with Rino Pizzi”, Exhibition, Canopy, Austin, TX

“transFIGURATION Project”, Documentary, Arts in Context, KLRU, Austin, TX

2013  
“Performance: It Tears Me Up, It Tears Me Up”, Uncommon Objects, Austin, TX

“A Conversation”, Collaboration with Jill Bedgood, UTSA Gallery, San Antonio, TX

“The Wait of the World”, McMurtrey Gallery micro space, Houston, TX

Pecha Kucha 17, Austin, TX

2012  
“10 Year Anniversary Exhibition”, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Fort Worth, TX

“Virginia Fleck and Steve Wiman”, Front Gallery, Houston, TX

“There’s More Where That Came From”, Sala Diaz, San Antonio, TX

2011  
“Two Takes on One Space”, AMOA/Arthouse at Laguna Gloria, Austin, TX

“Objects of Desire”, d Berman Gallery, Austin, TX

2010  
“The Currency of Accumulation”, McMurtrey Gallery, Houston, TX

2009 
d Berman Gallery, Austin, TX

2008 
“Steve Wiman: Pairs”, Curiosities, Dallas, TX

2007 
“Hillevi Baar & Steve Wiman”, d Berman Gallery, Austin, TX

“Bits and Pieces”, Double J Ranch, Mineral Wells, TX

“Found Objects: Collections”, Fort Worth Community Center, Fort Worth, TX

“Wordplay”, Scanlan Gallery at St. Stephan’s School, Austin, TX

2006 
“Heat”, d Berman Gallery, Austin, TX

“2006 Exhibit”, The Peoples Gallery at Austin City Hall, Austin, TX

2005 
“Object”, d Berman Gallery, Austin, TX

“Mas! Mas! Mas! Por Que? Por Que? Por Que? A Show of Curious Collections”, Austin Museum of Art, Austin, TX

2004 
“Collected Response”, O2 Gallery, Austin, TX

“Balls, Orbs, Spheres, and Other Round Objects”, Beg Red Sun, Austin, TX

1991    
“Yet Another Chain Reaction”, Austin Visual Association, Austin, TX

1990  
“Invites”, 500 Exhibition Gallery, Dallas, TX

“An American Birthday Salute”, Art Bar, Dallas, TX

“Precious and Grace”, Taller San Calacas Studio Gallery at Blue Star Arts Complex, San Antonio, TX

“A Texas Celebration”, 1600 Smith, Houston, TX

“Lost and Found”, Edith Baker Gallery, Dallas, TX

1989  
“Small Works”, Edith Baker Gallery, Dallas, TX

“New Work”, Trans Avant-Garde, Austin, TX

“Zanzibar Installation”, Zanzibar, Dallas, TX

1988  
“Distinctive Vision”, Alternative Gallery, Dallas, TX

“Group Exhibition”, Galleria Sin Fronteras, Austin, TX

“New American Talent 1998”, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, TX

“Objective Response”, Studio Gallery, Brookhaven College, Dallas, TX

“Dia de los Muertos”, Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas, TX

1987  
“The Austin Visual Arts Association 10th Anniversary Exhibition”, Austin Visual Arts Association, Austin, TX

“Found: Works by Texas Artists who work with Found Objects”, Diverse Works, Houston, TX

“Visual Articulations”, The College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

“Recent Work: Mark Monroe and Steve Wiman”, Austin College, Sherman, TX

1986  
“Masters of Fine Art Thesis Exhibition”, Archer M Huntington Gallery, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

“The Sculpture Symposium”, Transco Tower, Houston, TX

“Laguna Gloria Art School Faculty Exhibition”, Marvin Seline Gallery, Austin, TX

“All Texas 2-D and Low Relief”, The College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

“Artists of the Western Stair Step”, Patrick Gallery, Austin, TX

“Intersections: Artists’ View of the City”, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, TX

1985  
“New Work”, solo exhibition, Hall of Walls Gallery, Austin, TX

“Austin Visual Arts Association Citation Exhibition”, Designer Space, Austin, TX

“Personal Affects”, 500X Gallery, Dallas, TX

“The University of Texas Annual Student Exhibition”, Archer M Huntington Gallery, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

“Tasting the Blaze: An Intimate Spectacle”, a collaboration with Deborah Hay, Pauline Oliveros, and Tina Girouard, Austin, TX

'"'Trash and Trivia', Captain Quackenbush’s Intergalactic Dessert Company and Espresso Café", Austin, TX

1984  
“By Special Arrangement”, 500X Gallery, Dallas, TX


COMMISSIONS

2005 
Design Commission for Whole Foods Market, finalist, Austin, TX

2004 
Design and contract commission as lead artist for Bubble Fountain as part of the Spiral Garden for Town Lake Park,
Art in Public Places Grant, Austin, TX

2003 
Community Core Sample Project, collaboration with Beverly Penn, JJ Pickle Elementary School/St. John’s
Neighborhood Multipurpose Center, Art in Public Places Grant, Austin, TX

2000 
The Threshold Project, collaboration with Beverly Penn, JJ Pickle Elementary School/St. John’s
Neighborhood Multipurpose Center, Art in Public Places Grant, Austin, TX

1996  
Mural Project for Travis heights Elementary School, collaboration with other parents, Austin, TX

1992  
Broken Dish/Tile Mosaic Community Quilts, collaboration with Jill Bedgood, South Austin Senior Citizens Activities Center,
Art in Public Places Grant, Austin, TX

1989  
Southwestern Bell Telephone Advanced Education Center, Irving TX

PUBLICATIONS

2011   
“Born to Collect”, by Beth Bond, Austin American Statesman

2007 
“Report From Austin: Art by southwest”, by Charles Dee Mitchell, Art In America

“I Put A Spell On You”, by Dick Holland, Tribeza Magazine

2006 
“HEAT”, by Nikki Moore, Austin Chronicle

“Heat at d Berman”, by Hillary McMahan, Cantanker Magazine

2005 
“Uncommon Knowledge”, by Amy Prince, Brilliant Magazine

“Object: d Berman Gallery”, by Rebecca S Cohen, Artiles Magazine

“Five Artists Show “OBJECTS” at d Berman Gallery”, …might be good

2004 
“Collect It: Obsessions. Antiques Dealer Steve Wiman is Having a Ball Collecting Orbs”, by Jennifer Irsfeld, Country Home

“Marjorie Moore and Steve Wiman: Collected Responses”, by Madeline Irvine, Artiles Magazine

2002 
“Artifacts Arranged Artistically”, by Heather McKinney, Texas Architect

1995   
“Mosaics of Life”, by Joel Weinstein, Austin American Statesman

1990  
“It’s Not Just the Art That’s Hot”, by Janet Kutner, Dallas Morning News

“Canvassing Contemporary Art Month Offerings”, by Marcia Goren Weser, San Antonio Light

“All and Sundry”, by Mel McCombie, Austin American Statesman

1989  
“Road Crew”, by Sophia Dembling, Dallas Morning News

1988  
“Abstract Figures, Figurative Abstraction”, by john Herndon, Duende Magazine

1987  
“Found”, by Mel McCombie, Art News

1985  
“Art on View”, Detour Magazine

“On Their Way”, by Thomas L Turk, Cultural Activities Center Exhibition Catalog

“A Passion for Bits and Pieces”, by Mel McCombie, Austin Statesman

“AVAA  1985 Citation Exhibition”, by Tony Moore, Austin Visual Arts Association Exhibition Catalog

HONORS & AWARDS

1989   
Winner, Patrick Media Group Billboard Competition: “A Gift of Art”, Dallas, TX

1986  
Austin Book Award, Illustrated Book of Poems, “Razor Wire”, by Grady Hillman, Austin, TX

1985  
Works on Campus, Sid Richardson Hall, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

New American Talent Exhibition, Patterson Sims, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, TX

State Citation Exhibition, Austin Visual Arts Association, Arts Warehouse, Austin, TX