2019 ACE Artist Spotlight: Steven Skinner, NW Indiana

Originally a printmaker and painter, Steven Skinner loves working with his hands, which is why he says clay is the perfect medium for him. 

Clay allows Steven to work spontaneously with expressive thought and execution.

When it comes to finding artistic inspiration, you can continually see Steven drawn to the Windy City. “The city of Chicago is always providing me with inspiring urban subject matter, so I like to stay close.” 

In his 30-year artistic career, Steven also devoted his talents to The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago where he designed and built exhibit mounts for ancient artifacts. Steven was drawn to the Museum’s outstanding collection of Mayan pottery, which he continued to study and sketch during his lunch breaks.

 Steven joins us the weekend of September 20 at ACE — not only to showcase and sell his works — but to also support a good cause. ACE and NorthShore University HealthSystem are using show proceeds to increase access to mental health services in the community. This initiative is something Steven is passionate about. 

As a Navy Veteran of the Vietnam War, he knows firsthand the physical and mental trauma experienced by veterans of all ages. “I hope that increased funding for mental health initiatives will contribute to increased access to mental health services to the community and specifically to the diverse veteran population.”

Revel in more of Steven’s artwork on his website or join him in person at the American Craft Exposition September 20-22, 2019 at the Chicago Botanic Garden. 

Tickets to ACE 2019 are available here now. 

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