After recently retiring from the position of dean, however, he has had time to focus on his own art. Beginning April 5, Steinman’s latest series of sculptures, “Broken Circles,” will be featured at Mason Murer Fine Art in south Buckhead.
Steinman, a Sandy Springs resident of 26 years, said his collection is about recycling, and he used discarded metal and sheet metal to create the sculptures.
“It’s my statement about recycling and the state of the country,” he said. “We don’t do a lot of manufacturing and what we do manufacture, we don’t do well. We’ve become a disposable country.”
Steinman said he chose the circle motif to demonstrate that as a country, we need to “go full-circle” and return to the quality manufacturing we once produced. The artist designed and produced the art for the Buckhead MARTA station and has work in Atlanta’s Woodruff Park and Sandy Springs’ Northside Hospital.
Steinman received his bachelor’s degree in fine arts and master’s degree in teaching from the Rhode Island School of Design. He received his master’s of fine arts from the Pratt Institute in New York in 1975.
As dean of the AIU design school, Steinman traveled often among the university’s locations in Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, London and South Florida, but has now been able to redirect his focus on his own art. He has been featured in Mason Murer for about two years.
“We’re very excited that Steve is beginning to be able to spend so much time as an artist,” said Mark Karelson, owner and director of the gallery. “He spent so much time in academics, but he’s got a great career ahead of him.”
If you go:
o What: Steve Steinman exhibit opening reception
o When: Friday, from 7 to 10 p.m.
o Where: Mason Murer Fine Art, 199 Armour Drive, Buckhead
o Information: (404) 879-1500, www.masonmurer.info