Born into a family of makers, Steve Rossi developed an intense appreciation and respect for craft and physical labor through growing up around family members making quilts, knitting blankets, fixing cars, building houses, and arranging flowers. He received his BFA from Pratt Institute in 2000 and his MFA from the State University of New York at New Paltz in 2006. His work has been exhibited at Dorsky Curatorial Projects, Eco Art Space, NURTUREart, the Open Engagement Conference at the Queens Museum, Bronx Art Space, the Wassaic Project, the John Michael Kohler Art Center, the Jules Collins Smith Museum of Fine Arts, and the public art festival Art in Odd Places among many others. He has participated in artist residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Council’s Arts Center Residency on Governors Island, and in 2022 was awarded the Sustainable Arts Foundation fellowship at Gallery Aferro in Newark, New Jersey. As a part-time faculty member, he has taught in the First Year Program at Parsons School of Design, the Sculpture Program and Art Education Program at the State University of New York at New Paltz, and in the Art Department at Westchester Community College. He is currently an Assistant Professor and Sculpture Program Head at St. Joseph’s University, and splits his time between Beacon, New York, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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