April 04, 2013

News Release

For Immediate Release

Art Museum Selects Steve Hilton for Lobby Project

Steve Hilton of Wichita Falls, Texas, has been selected to install a large-scale sculptural work in the Springfield Art Museum's lobby entrance as part of the inaugural "Lobby Project."

Hilton's work will be installed in late May with an unveiling on at 5:30 p.m., May 23. The artist will be present to discuss his work at the unveiling.

"We are very excited to have Steve's work here at the Museum to greet our visitors. It makes a strong statement, adds color and a focal point for the lobby, and will only enhance the museum experience," says Springfield Art Museum Director Nick Nelson.

Hilton holds a B.S. in Environmental Geology and a M.S. in Art Education from Missouri State University. He received a M.F.A. in Ceramics from Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ. He is a practicing artist and a full time ceramics and art education faculty member at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. He is also the program director for the National Council on the Education for Ceramic Art.

Hilton's work, a fusion of sculptural and wheel-thrown (sometimes functional) components, deals with anomalies in the many varied forms of life which cover the Earth's landscape including clay, rock and soil. His fascination with the way plants, animals and weather influence the Earth's surface has led to investigations of erosion and soil deposition. Hilton looks at nature as "a fragmented or geometric shape that is repeatedly subdivided into parts, each a smaller copy of the whole. The use of self-similarity in art allows me to interpret nature for the viewer and myself: with both of us seeing nature differently after spending time with my art."

Hilton's work is in the permanent collections of museums and collectors in the United States, Australia, Austria, Portugal, China and Canada. He has been juried into numerous international and national exhibitions.

Curator of Art, Sarah Buhr says that "Steve's ceramic pieces are distinctive for their sculptural qualities and his work with geologic forms and structures speaks directly to our region's unique landscape. We look forward to installing the piece in our lobby space."

The Lobby Project was initiated in January 2013 with a national call for artists. Over fifty entries were received from across the country. Hilton's work will be on exhibit for one year, after which a new installation will take its place.

For more information, contact: Sarah Buhr, Curator of Art, 837-5700 or sbuhr@springfieldmo.gov, or Director Nick Nelson, 837-5700 or nnelson@springfieldmo.gov.

The Springfield Art Museum is located at 1111 E. Brookside Drive and is open Tuesday, Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Thursdays and Sundays 1 – 5 p.m. It is closed Mondays and national holidays. Admission is free.

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