As a culture we sometimes find it difficult to recognize that art has a use, because that use is primarily spiritual. When designing public spaces great detail is often given to practical matters while little is left over, both mentally and financially, for considering the spirit of the place -and of those who will inhabit it. It is my belief that public art is essential, both for the sense of community it brings, and as a direct benefit to those who inhabit that community.
We expect to see public art in predictable places like large cities, but neighborhoods of all kinds deserve a sense of identity and place. Imaginative public art that has a strong visual impact, rich historical context, social awareness, and is accessible to all has the power to create a meaningful connection between people, build community, and civic pride.
Over my 20-year career, I have worked collaboratively with communities, arts organizations, architects, designers, engineers and developers to create sculptures and environments that are conceived for a particular social or environmental context. These sites range from museums, educational institutions, public sculpture parks and international competitions, to private collectors and commissions. While the requirements of the site or client may differ, the need for collaboration and bringing the community together in support of the work is essential for the success of each project.
I remain true to the art-making process and the hand of the artist is evident in everything I create. I maintain a fully equipped sculpture facility on the Eastern Shore of Maryland where I and my assistants create much of the work. For specialized stone fabrication I work with the North American Sculpture Center. On larger or more technical projects I work closely with an array of technical fabricators with whom I have developed a strong relationship over the last twenty years.
About the Artist
Born in 1974 near Kansas City, Missouri Steven Durow took refuge from a trouble home on his grandparents farm. Through them he learned the value of hard work and how to use thoughtfulness and skill to improve the world in which we live. Everything from taking apart the engine of a tractor to building their house and caring for the land became the object lessons of his childhood.
Durow took a year off from undergraduate school to apprentice with sculptor Howard BenTre' in Rhode Island; returning to complete his BFA in 1998 from Anderson University. After a tenure as Education Director at UrbanGlass in Brooklyn, NY he returned to school and received his MFA specializing in large-scale glass sculpture at Tulane University, studying under Gene Koss. He then worked at Tulane as Senior Professor of Practice for six years. Since 2012 he has been Associate Professor and Head of the Glass and 3-Dimensional Studies Program at Salisbury University in Salisbury, MD where he lives with his family.
His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and is included in the permanent collections of the Taylor Museum in Colorado Springs and Louisiana Arts and Sciences Museum and has been exhibited at the Grand Rapids Public Museum, the Polk Museum of Art, as well as many public and private collections. his work has been reviewed and written about in Sculpture Magazine, Art in America, Glass Quarterly and New Glass Review by the Corning Museum of Glass.