Working in the area between abstraction and representation, my sculpture is largely based on, and determined by, formal considerations. I ask myself what does this shape or form say, does it have meaning or associations, am I getting too close to representation, should I pull back a little? Intentionally ambiguous, I simply try to set the viewer on a path using shape, color, and title.

Currently,  all of my sculpture is constructed entirely of wood. I steam bend individual pieces which are then joined together to form hollow shapes. In this process I can create forms similar to casting but that have the planes found only in fabrication. This is the best of both worlds for me. I get to construct and assemble which I’m drawn to and achieve volume usually associated with casting.

In my sculpture, I am constantly coming up with forms that make vague reference to something but are simutaneously without definition.

I grew up in Louisville, KY. and graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Art in 1984. After residing in California for 25 years, in 2014 I moved to Bath ME.


2018 (Upcoming) Steve Bartlett: Works from 2014-2018, University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor, ME
2018 (Upcoming) New Geometry, Fred Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT

2017 Icon Contemporary Art, Mark Wethli, Cassie Jones & Steve Bartlett, Brunswick, ME

2016 Gather IV, Icon Contemporary Art, Brunswick, ME
2016 "3 Galleries. 8 Walls", Corey Daniels Gallery, Wells, ME
2015 Summer Show, Corey Daniels Gallery, Wells, ME
2013 Left Coast Annual, Juror, Lucinda Barnes, Chief Curator UC Berkeley Art Museum, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA
2011 Arts on Fire XV, Juror, Alison Gass, Assistant Curator of Painting & Sculpture San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA
2010 Everything But The Kitschen Sync 13th Annual Group Show, La Luz de Jesus, Los Angeles, CA
2009 Everything But The Kitschen Sync 12th Annual Group Show, La Luz de Jesus, Los Angeles, CA
2008 "Crazy For Cult", Gallery 1988, Los Angeles, CA
2008 "Everyone's in Together", Gallery 1988, San Francisco, CA
2008 "Toys", Gallery 1988, Los Angeles, CA
2007 Everything But The Kitschen Sync 10th Annual Group Show, La Luz de Jesus, Los Angeles, CA
2007 Juried Annual, Topanga Canyon Gallery, Lisa Melandri, Santa Monica Museum of Art
2006 "Small Wonders II", Pharmaka Art, Curator, Tyler Stallings, Laguna Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA
2006 "Of This World", Gallery 825, Curator, Laurie Steelink, Track 16 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2006 2006 Juried Open, Topanga Canyon Gallery, Curator, Chris Burden, Topanga, CA
2005 “Wallworks”, LA Artcore Brewery Annex, Los Angeles, CA
2002 Gremillion & Co, Houston, TX
1998 Gremillion & Co, Houston TX
1998 Atmosphere, New York, NY
1997 Gremillion & Co., The Annex, Houston, TX
1997 "Sculpture Walk", Center for the Arts at Yerba Buena, San Francisco, CA
1996 6th "Outdoor Sculpture on Loan" Competition for the City of Los Altos, CA
1996 "Boomerang", San Francisco International Airport, Limn Gallery, SF, CA
1996 25th Anniversary Outdoor Sculpture Show, Shidoni Gallery, Tesuque, NM
1995 Shidoni Gallery, Tesque, NM
1994 "El Paseo Sculpture Exhibit", City of Palm Desert's Art in Public Places Program, Palm Desert, CA
1993 "Go Figure: Figures in Motion", Opts Art, San Francisco, CA
1992 "Angels", Spectrum Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1992 "Vernissage", Spectrum Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1992 Graham & James Art Program, One Maritime Plaza, San Francisco, CA
1992 "Precious Paragons", The Atrium Gallery at 901 Market, San Francisco, CA
1992 "Earth Day Exhibition", Union Gallery, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
1991 Grants Pass Museum of Art, Grants Pass, OR
1991 "Physical Geography", Merced College of Art, Merced, CA
1991 "Figures in Motion", An Exhibition of Figurative Sculpture at Washington Square, Washington, DC
1991 "Sculpture Exhibition", Modesto Junior College Art Gallery, Modesto, CA
1991 "Surrealist Salon", Rayko Photo Center, San Francisco, CA
1991 "Avenue of the Arts Sculpture Exhibition", College of Notre Dame, Belmont, CA
1990 "Sculpture and Abstraction", San Francisco State Student Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1990 "Bay Arts '90", Arts Council of San Mateo County, Belmont, CA

1989 "Continental Drift", Members of New York's Sculptor's Guild & selected Northern California sculptors, San Francisco, CA
1989 "Torch and Anvil", SF Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1986 "Opening Exhibition", Olin Library, Gambier, OH
1985 "Senior Exhibit", Colburn Gallery, Gambier, OH
1985 Swearingen Gallery, Louisville, KY
1985 "Works in Competition", Colburn Gallery, Gambier, OH
1983 "The Annual Competitive Show" Colburn Gallery, Gambier, OH
1982 "Works in Competition", Colburn Gallery, Gambier, OH


San Diego International Airport
The Neiman Marcus Collection
Continental Airlines
City of Los Altos, CA
Santa Fe Snyder Corporation
Adobe Systems
Cadence Design Systems, Inc.
City of Oakland, CA
Private Collections

1997 Commission of large-scale sculpture entitled "Guillermo", Port of San Diego, San Diego International Airport, Lindbergh Field
1993 25 Charcoal Drawings for the Neiman Marcus Collection, San Francisco, CA
1993 2 Site-specific sculptures, Atherton, CA, Bauer Interior Design, San Francisco, CA
1992 Sculpture for the Neiman Marcus Collection, Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas
1991 Wall Piece for The Sports Medicine Shop at St.Francis Memorial Hospital, Robert Bum Architects, San Francisco, CA
1989 World Series Trophy, commissioned by the San Francisco & Oakland Chambers of Commerce
1988 Big Bird, for performance of "Crystal Cutter", Multi-Image Showcase, Theatre Artaud, San Francisco, CA
1984 Wycoff A Sword Memorial Prize in Sculpture, Kenyon College, Gambier, OH
1983 Merit Award, "The Annual Competitive Show", Colburn Gallery, Gambier, OH
1982 Wycoff A. Sword Memorial Prize in Sculpture, Kenyon College, Gambier, OH

1984 B.A. in Art, Kenyon College, Gambier, OH.

Palo Alto Daily News, Feb.2001
Los Altos Town Crier, Feb. 2001
San Diego Tribune, April 1997
Philadelphia Inquirer, Feb., 1996
San Jose Mercury News, May 1994
Merced Sun Star, Nov., 1991
Modesto Bee, Oct., 1991
SF Bay Guardian, Aug., 1991
Grants Pass Daily Courier, July 1991
Dance Magazine, Jan. 1990
Oakland Tribune, Oct., 1989
Boston Globe, Oct., 1988