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Stephen Canneto

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Mediums: Bronze, Experimental / Multi-Media, Glass, Interactive, Lighting, Sculpture, Steel

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Bio/Artist’s Statement

“As place maker I am sensitive to the role of Artist as interpreter of a community’s social, environmental, and historical contexts. As a seasoned listener, highly experienced collaborating with design teams, government and community representatives, I am committed to creating Public Art that uniquely reflects the host, site and community.”

Stephen Canneto

Stephen often draws upon his experiences: childhood raised on the ocean, growing up with his mother’s Border Line Personality Disorder, service in the US and Israeli militaries, the project construction management of buildings and bridges for US Steel and from ArtSafe; the foundation Stephen created and directed to work with youth in Columbus’ inner-city schools and Ohio’s prisons who have been impacted by violence.  

In 1967 Stephen designed his first memorial in Israel honoring the victims of the Six Day War. And more recently the State of Ohio’s Southeast Correctional Facility Memorial dedicated to those killed in the Lucasville Prison riots. For this project Stephen worked with ODRC inmates and staff.

Selected collections include: the cities of Beachwood and Columbus Ohio, Dresden Germany, Herzliya Israel and Rockville Maryland the Leningrad Kirov Ballet, Expo 92 Seville, American Embassy Egypt, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Franklin University, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, Huntington National Bank, Mount Carmel Health, Ohio Chamber of Commerce and The Ohio Department of Education.

Awards include: the American Institute of Landscape Architects Honor Award, Beaux Arts Liturgical Award, Freedom Arts Award, the State of Ohio Gold Star Award and Rotary International Service Award for Professional Excellence.

Stephen and ArtSafe have received numerous grants from the Ohio Arts Council.

From 1995 - 2010 Stephen was the Founding Director of ArtSafe. The non-profit foundation’s programs and award winning publications for at-risk and incarcerated youth are recognized by the US Department of Justice, the Ohio Arts Council and the Ohio Commission for Minority Health.

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Artist Statement

My relationship to sculpture is rooted in my love of the natural world and the built environment, the juxtaposition and tension between nature and technology.  I am fascinated by our need to create and our propensity to destroy. I draw inspiration, hope and encouragement from the positive life forces that inexorably bind us and all things together.

Through art making I explore an intriguing paradox of the human condition - our inexorable need for each other, our desire to nurture and our propensity to extinguish those things we hold sacred. My goal is to create places of meaning which instill memorable experiences that impact individuals and communities long into the future

My public art works are site-engendered. They draw inspiration and meaning from the place they occupy, its history, geography, natural and built environment, vision for its uses and stories we tell. I draw from my life’s multifaceted experiences: childhood growing up on the ocean, projects in my father’s woodworking shop, my service in the US and Israeli militaries where I witnessed  the consequences of war, as a project manager constructing buildings and bridges for United States Steel Corp. Most importantly from ArtSafe, the Service Media focused foundation I created and directed for 16 years. Its programs helped youth in inner-city schools and prisons heal from the impacts of violence and grow to be productive members of their communities.

As place maker I am sensitive to the role of Artist as interpreter of a community’s social, environmental, and historical contexts. As a seasoned listener, highly experienced collaborating with design teams, government and community representatives, I am committed to creating Public Art that uniquely reflects the host, site and community.