Craig Stover

Studio & Gallery

Philadelphia, PA

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Drawings

Artist's Statement

It is my desire to make things that attract people and create that one thing in the room that people are drawn toward, question, and ponder.

For the better part of 30 years, I have been making artworks in whichI set out to challenge both myself and the viewer. Over the years, I have shifted from making work that was thoroughly planned out in every detail to slowly morphing into a technique whereby I do not know what the final image will be. This desire to let go has enabled me to see my own work more as others do: not with an understanding of what I’ve created, but more with an eye towards seeing other hidden meanings and structures that I wasn’t conscious of within the works. I’m fascinated by what springs out of my mind when I’m able to let it loose.

Each picture that I’ve made in my artistic career has always made references to the ones that came before it. This allows all of my works to not only talk to each other but for the entire body of work to be one big conversation when viewed as a whole. In my early years, these conversations were more thematic. I spoke of things like mythology, war, and nature. More recently, my works have stripped away these themes to focus more on the basics of life and its building blocks: color, line, shape, and imagination. In doing so, I’ve found a way to let my audience use their own imagination to look at and perceive my work in new ways that I might never have intended.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo
2021
Sentinels, The Alber Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2018
Prints, Jed Williams Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2008
Paintings and Sculpture, The Alber Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2004
Art Window, 18th & Walnut, Philadelphia, PA
October

2003
Art Window, 18th & Walnut, Philadelphia, PA
May

2002
Art Window, 18th & Walnut, Philadelphia, PA
May

Group
2018
Works on Paper, Philadelphia, PA

2017
Cerulean Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Invitational

2013
Elusive Quest, Cerulean Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2008
In Search of Ourselves, Artist's Equity at Widener University, Chester, PA

2006
New Artists, D Gallery, Oceanside, CA

2005
New Artists, Off the Wall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

New Artists, White Space Gallery, New Haven, CT

Imaginary Botanicals, PII Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Imaginary Botanicals, Lux Gallery, Chicago, IL

Specimen Studies, Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA

2004
Members Exhibition, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

Dear Fleisher, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA

Other
2005
Girard Avenue Mural Panels, Girard Avenue from 26th to 31st Streets, Philadelphia, PA

Artist's Bibliography

2017
"Stover at Jed Williams", Philadelphia Inquirer, November 11

2008
"Stover Takes Over", Art Matters, October

2006
"Artist Lectures", Bucks County Herald, May 25

2005
"Portrait of an Artist in Fairmount", The Spirit Newspaper, April 6

"Artist Interview", Philadelphia Metro, February 18

2002
"Open Studio Tours", Art Museum Area Home News, October 10

Professional Experience

Host of ArtShow

Allens Lane Art Center, Philadelphia, PA
Executive Director

CFEVA
Philadelphia Art Alliance
Woodmere Art Museum
Snyderman Galleries
The Avenue of the Arts
Arts & Business Council

Studio assistant for Sam Maitin

Studio assistant for Elizabeth Osbourne

Education

1993
University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
BFA

1989
Tyler School of Art, Elkins Park, PA
Undergraduate Studies