Steven R. Hill Fine Artist - Biographical Data
Painting the landscape “en plein air” has become my passion over the past several years and I find much joy working on-site in front of live subjects and in natural light, wherever I travel in the world.
This biography lists only the top awards that I have received in major national/international juried art competitions & honors earned in international art publications, since 2003, numbering 56 as of September, 2017. I have also participated in many other exhibits and shows worldwide, too lengthy to list here.
I teach art workshops and am frequently invited to give live painting demos and lectures for organized art groups in the U.S. and Europe.
RECENT MAJOR AWARDS - JURIED:
Finalist – Landscape Category The Artists’ Magazine 34th Annual Art Competition Maureen Bloomfield, Editor, 7/29/17 (from over 9,000 entries, 25 countries)
Juror’s Award – 9/2017 Northwest Pastel Society Signature Members Juried Exhibit, Scott Milo Gallery, Anacortes, WA. Craig Lemley, juror
Juror’s Award – 5/2017 31st Northwest Pastel Society International Competition, American Art Co., Tacoma, WA. Jacob Aguiar, juror
Best Sketchbook – 3/2017 Plein Air Magazine bi-monthly Salon Competition, Eric Koeppel, juror
2nd Place – 10/7/16 Plein Air Moab - Arches National Park, quick draw
Finalist – Landscape Category The Artists’ Magazine 33rd Annual Art Competition Maureen Bloomfield, Editor, 7/20/16 (from over 5900 entries)
Best Overall Pastel – Dec. 2015 Plein Air Magazine bi-monthly Salon Jim Peterson, owner, Mockingbird Gallery, Bend, Oregon, juror
Juror’s Award – 11/2015 Northwest Pastel Society Juried members exhibit, Jen Evenhus, juror, Vashon Island, WA
Park Managers Award – 9/2015 Dungeness Spit Wildlife Refuge - Olympic National Park “Paint the Peninsula”
1st Honorable mention – Sept. 2015 “Paint the Peninsula ” Port Angeles, WA, Gil Dellinger, juror
2nd Place Award – June 2015, Wallowa Valley Arts Festival, Joesph, OR
Superintendent’s Purchase Award – “Zion National Park Invitational Plein Air Competition”, Nov. 2014. Painting purchased (with cash award) and placed into the Zion National Park permanent collection.
$1600 Top Purchase Award – “Zion National Park Invitational Plein Air Competition”, Nov. 2013
Blue Ribbon, First Place – “Paint Annapolis” (Hollywood Farm) Annapolis, M. Stephen Doherty, juror, June 2013
2nd Place Award – August 2012, Plein Air Painters of Washington, Shaw Island, WA
Honorable Mention – June 23, 2012. “Plein Air Richmond”, Richmond, VA – Everett Raymond Kinstler, juror
Best of Show – July 30, 2011. Plein Air Painters of Washington, Orcas Island, WA
Best of Show – April 6, 2011. Associated Artists of Ocean Shores 42nd National Competition, Arthur Egeli, juror
Best of Show – Nov. 13, 2010. 24th Annual NPS International Juried Competition, American Art Co., Tacoma, WA,. Duane Wakeham, juror
Recognition Award – April 2010, 41st Annual Ocean Shores National Competition, Ocean Shores, WA
Third Place Award – August 2010, Plein Air Painters of Washington, Lopez Island, WA
First Place Award – August 2009, Plein Air Painters of Washington, Orcas Island, WA
First Place Award – July 2008, Plein Air Painters of Washington, San Juan Island, WA
Award of Merit – March 2008, NPS Member’s Juried Exhibit, Mercer Island, WA Susan Ogilvie, Juror
2nd Place – August 2007, Art Spectrum Plein Air Painting Contest, NPS paint-out, Lopez Island, WA
Award of Merit – Sept. 3rd, 2006, NPS International Juried Exhibit, Gig Harbor, WA. Deborah Paris, Juror
Honorable mention – May 5, 2006, NPS Juried Exhibit, Clymer Museum, Ellensburg, WA
Honorable Mention – NPS Juried Members Exhibit, Firdale Gallery, Edmonds, WA, August ‘04, Diane Ainsworth, juror
Honorable Mention – NPS Annual Juried Members Exhibit, Walla Walla, WA, March ‘04, Richard McKinley, juror.
Best of Show – 2nd Annual Juried Arts Competition, San Juan Gallery, Friday Harbor, WA March ‘03
“Strokes of genius 10: Inspiring Subjetcs” September 2017 North Light Books
“Strokes of genius 9: Creative Discoveries” September 2016 North Light Books 3 pieces in winners circle
“Paint Cuba” February 2016 Plein Air Magazine publisher’s Invitational, B. Eric Rhoads with a group of 79 artists from the U.S. for a one-week historical plein air painting trip to Cuba.
“Strokes of genius 8: Exploring Texture” August 2015 North Light Books
Zion National Park, November 2014 Permanent Collection
Associated Arts of Ocean Shores 43rd Annual National Juried Fine Art Show April, 2012 Invited to be Juror www.associatedarts.org
Coos Art Museum, March 2012 Permanent Collection
Florence Biennale, Dec. 2011 Chosen to participate: by the internal selection committee. Florence, Italy
Lambiel Museum Permanent Collection – 2nd acquisition, March 2010. Orcas Island, WA.
24th Annual Chelsea International Juried Fine Arts Competition August 2009. One of 30 artists selected from thousands of worldwide entries, by Mr. Ira Goldberg, Executive Director, Art Students League of New York.
Northwest Pastel Society President and Signature Member Status – 2006 & 2007 to present
Puget Sound Group of Northwest Painters Signature Member – Nominated and accepted, September 6, 2005
Annual 2004 “The Book of the San Juan Islands” Cover Artist, Sound Publishing, Bainbridge Island, WA
OTHER MAJOR INVITATIONAL EXHIBITS
2015 Zion National Park Plein Air Invitational” National Juried - November 2-10. Zion National Park, Utah
2015 “Paint the Peninsula” National Juried Plein Air Competition Sept. 2015. Port Angeles, WA (2 Awards)
2015 “Wallowa Valley Art Festival” National Juried Event June 4-7, 2015. Joseph, Oregon (Award)
2015 22nd Annual Carmel Arts Festival International Juried Comprition May 14-17, Carmel, CA
2014 Zion National Park Plein Air Invitational” National Juried - November 2-10. Zion National Park, Utah (Award)
2014 21st Annual Carmel Arts Festival International Juried Compeition, May 13-15, Carmel, CA
2013 Zion National Park Plein Air Invitational” National Juried - November 4-11. Zion National Park Utah (Award)
2011 Florence Biennale International Invitational Juried Exhibit Dec.2011 One of eleven artists selected to represent the United States Fortezza da Basso, Florence, Italy
2010-2016 Annual Carmel Arts Festival juried event, invited 6 times since 2010.
BOOKS, NEWSPAPER & ART PUBLICATIONS:
“Strokes of Genius 10” - by North Light Books – to be Published January, 2018
“Strokes of Genius 9” - 2 pastels accepted by North Light Books - Published November, 2017
Plein Air Magazine Annual Juried Salon Competition April/May 2017. Best Skecthbook“
Lopez Island Artist Paints Cuba”, Skagit Valley Herald newspaper, full front/back page Sunday edition March 2016
Plein Air Magazine Annual Juried Salon Competition Oct./Nov. 2015. Best Overall Pastel
“Strokes of Genius 8” by North Light Books Published October 2016
“Plein Air Painting, a Passion for the Practice” by Steven R Hill ArtisSpectrum Magazine Vol. 27 – May 2012. Agora Gallery, Chelsea, NYC
ARTisSpectrum” Vol.26, Nov. 2011, Profiles of Contemporary Art & Artists - half page review., Chelsea NYC
“Washington en Plein Air” 2009 & 2010 Vol.I, by Plein Air Washington Artists
“Best of Worldwide Artists Working in Pastel, Charcoal and Drawing”, Volume I – Aug. 2010. Kennedy Publications.
ARTisSpectrum” Vol.23, May 2010, Profiles of Contemporary Art & Artists - Full page review. www.ARTisSpectrum.com, Chelsea NYC
Art on the Boulevard, Vancouver, WA Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR Crow Valley Gallery, Orcas Island, WA Worthington Gallery, Springdale, Utah Windswept Fine Art Gallery, Lopez Island, WA
Scott Milo Gallery, Anacortes, WA
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS & FORMAL EDUCATION:
Pacific Rim Institute of Marine Artists, signature member. Puget Sound Group of Northwest Artists, signature member. Northwest Pastel Society, past president and signature member. Memberships: The Lopez Artists’ Guild, Plein Air Painters of Washington, American Society of Marine Artists, American Impressionists’ Society & Laguna 2557Plein Air Painters. Education: Washington State University, MFA Painting, 1974, Boise State University, B.A. Fine Arts 1970, Illustrator, U.S. Army 1970-72, Ft Hood, Texas
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