Painter and Digital Artist
“Working with the same assuredness in a variety of different media, from computer art to painting to collage, Steve Sherrell moves with equal ease between a diverse range of styles”
Garrett Holg (former Chicago Sun Times Art Critic)
"One of the most underrated young Chicago artists". Lynne Warren- New Arts Examiner
B.F.A.‑ School of the Art Institute of Chicago‑ 1977
M.F.A.‑ School of the Art Institute of Chicago‑ 1978
Studied with: Whitney Halsted, Ray Yoshida, Pat Steir, Jonathon Borofsky,
Nicholas Krushnick, Phil Hanson, Barbara Rossi, Miriam Shapiro, George
Timock, Stan Brakage, Betsy Rupprect, Thomas Kapsalis, Vince Franco
Website: "http://www.stevesherrell.com/" ssherrel69 at gmail dot com
Director of Exhibitions- Water Street Studios- Batavia Illinois- Currently
Founder and Member- Represented by- Water Street Studios Artist Collective Gallery
Represented by 33 Contemporary Gallery-Chicago 2005-2015
Represented by Sonia Zaks Gallery 1994- 2005 (Gallery closed due to Sonia’s death)
Professor Emeritus of Art - Joliet Jr. College ‑ taught from 1989 to 2016- 1216 Houbolt Ave., Joliet, IL. 60431
Instructor of Art- Waubonsee Community College- 1986- 1995
Founding Vice President- Fox River Art Center- Aurora, IL.
Founding Member- West Hubbard Gallery- 61 W. Hubbard St. Chicago IL.
Founding Member- 33 Collective Gallery, Chicago
Participant- Wasted Words- Book, Dave Hickey 2013-15
Mentioned in Art in Chicago: A History from the Fire to Now
by Maggie Taft and Robert Cozzolino | Sep 14, 2018 University of Chicago Press ISBN 022616831X
2022- Water Street Studios Collective Artists- TNPS Gallery Dixon Illinois
2022- Sauk Valley College- Extraterrestrial Exhibit - Dixon Illinois
2022 Prarie State College- Storytellers- East Chicago Illinois
2020- Water Street Studios Collective at Water Street Studios during Covid
2020- Membranes of Perception- Zhou B Art Center-
2019- Two Storytellers- Tall Grass Arts Gallery, Park Forest Illinois
2019 – WSSAC Ggroup Show- Water Street Studios
2019- 10th Annual Anniversary Show, Water Street Studios
2019 – Dot to Dot – Colin Sherrell and Steve Sherrell- Dempsey Gallery- Water Street Studios
2018- Degrees of Abstraction- 201 Gallery- Argonne National Laboratory
2018- Ghosts- Water Street Studios- KCC Gallery
2018- 9th Annual Anniversary Show, Water Street Studios
2018 – WSSAC Goup Show- Water Street Studios
2018- Resident Artists- Water Street Studios
2017- 8th Annual Anniversary Show, Water Street Studios
2017- Chicago Artists Interpret American Literature, Chicago Theological Union
2017- Water Street Studios Collective Exhibition
2017- Resident Artists- Water Street Studios
2017- Chicago Artists interpret Shakespeare- Water Street Studios
2016- 7th Annual Members Exhibition- Water Street Studios
2016- Group Exhibition- Olivet Nazarene University- Bourbonnais, IL.
2016- 200th Indiana Bicentennial Exhibit- Ft Wayne Ind.
2016- Studio Art Faculty Show- Joliet Junior College
2016- 2 Person Show with Richard Deveau at Water Street Studios.
2015- Retrospective Exhibit: “Choices- a selection of artwork spanning the career of Steve Sherrell” Joliet Junior College- Sprague Gallery.
2015- University of St. Francis, Joliet IL.- One person exhibit- Digital Mashups
2014- Argonne National Scientific Laboratory (US. Dept. of Energy)- One person exhibit
2014- "Chicago Artists Interpret Shakespeare 'As They Like It." at Elmhurst Museum of Art, Elmhurst IL.
2014- Allen Pepa Architecture, Aurora, IL.- Digital Mashups
2014- 33 Contemporary Gallery- Members exhibition
2014- 33 Contemporary- Black and White
2014- Centerline- Zhou B Center, October
2014- "Chicago Artists Interpret Shakespeare 'As They Like It." at Miami of Ohio University
2013- Art Basil- Art Spot- Miami Florida, December
2013, Phoenix Gallery-Moline Illinois
2013- 33 Contemporary Gallery "Art, Energy, Future" at Argonne National science laboratory
2013- February- "Chicago Artists Interpret Shakespeare 'As They Like It." at Carthage College- Kenosha Wisconsin.
2013- January- 33 Contemporary Gallery at Joliet Junior College
2012- Nov- The Fish Bowl- 3 person exhibition at 33 Contemporary Gallery
2012- Nov- Shakespeare Exhibition at Concordia University
2012- Honorable Mention, 3rd Anniversary show- Water Street Studios- Batavia Illinois
2012- Group Exhibition, Vienna Austria
2012-Urban Transmission. 33 Contemporary Gallery
2012- 33 Contemporary Gallery in Turin, Italy MUSEO REGIONALE DI SCIENZE NATURALI DI TORINO
2012- Mixed Up Media- one person exhibition- 33 Contemporary Gallery- Chicago
2012- ,"Chicago Artists Interpret Shakespeare 'As They Like It." Beverly Arts Center, Chicago
2012- Springen- Members exhibition- 33 Contemporary Gallery
2012- Love Apple- Digital exhibition= 33 Contemporary Gallery
2011- Infusion- Members exhibition- 33 Contemporary Gallery
2011- 7th Annual National Self-Portrait Exhibition. 33 Contemporary Gallery
2011- “Ethereal Fauna: The Artist's Muse”, Carthage College, Kenosha Wi.
2010- “Here to Paradise”- Mythopians, College of Lake County- Grayslake, Illinois
2010- “Donnie”- Museum of Computer Art, Brooklyn, New York
2010- “Red” – Members Exhibition- 33 Collective- Chicago
2010- “Layers and Latitudes”- Members Exhibition- 33 Collective- Chicago
2009- “New Memes- Old Memes”- one person exhibition, 33 Collective Gallery, Chicago
2009- Members Exhibition- 33 Collective- Chicago
2009- “As Time Goes By”-Mythopians at Prairie State College
2009- “Ethereal Fauna: The Artist's Muse”, Tom Robinson Studio Gallery
2009- “Radius”- 33 Collective Gallery- Chicago
2009- Area Faculty Exhibit- Governors State University
2009- “Sabbatical”- one person exhibition, Joliet Junior College
2009- “Amiga to Jaguar- Computer art of Steve Sherrell”- Illinois Institute of Art, Schaumburg, Illinois
2009- 33 Collective artists at Prairie State College
2009- Red Car Post Productions, Chicago- in house computer work presentation.
2009. “Collective Resonance”- 33 Collective Gallery
2009- Traversing Abstraction -Carthage College-Kenosha, Wisconsin-.
2009- “Tales of Transformation” Chicago State University- Mythopians
2009- “Pure”- South Suburban College- one person exhibition
2008- Computer Art – one man show- Arts Medicine Services- University of Illinois Chicago
2008- New Gallery Opening 33 Collective-
2008- Imagine Foundation- Solo Exhibit- Jacksonville. Il.
2007- Self Portraits- 33 Collective Gallery, Chicago
2007- Mythopians- Works on paper- Old Town Art Center, Chicago
2007- Members Exhibition- 33 Collective Gallery , Chicago
2007- Members Exhibition- 33 Collective Gallery , Chicago
2007- Focus on Chicago- Photo/Digital Exhibition 33 Collective Gallery, Chicago
2006- “Pure” solo exhibit, Joliet Junior College Gallery.
2006- “Expanding the Romantic Vision” Mythopians, Norris Cultural Art Center Gallery, St. Charles ,Illinois
2006- “Electric Paint” The Computer as 21’st Century Canvas’ Leigh Yawkey Woodsome Art Museum, Wassau, Wis.
2006- Large Paintings Orleans Street Gallery, , , St. Charles, IL.
2005- Museum of Computer Art “Before and After Science”
2005- Lane Allen Gallery, Batavia,IL ‘Nature’-“ Paintings of Nature, Nature of Paintings”
2005 - One person exhibit, Around the Coyote, Chicago IL., S.o.b.s Gallery
2005- Joliet Junior College, “Process – Concept, Concept- Process”
2005- Orleans Street Gallery, St. Charles, IL. “Once upon a time”
2005- Mythopians- Bradley University, Peoria,
2004- Six Ways of Worldmaking- Carthage College, Kenosha Wisconsin
2004- Expanded Image_ Fox Valley Arts Council- Aurora University
2004- Joliet Junior College Faculty Exhibition
2003- Florence Biennale, Biennale Internazionale Dell Arte Contemporanea, Citta di Firenza (city of Florence), Italy 800 International Artists by Invitation only, Fortessa de Basso
2003- One person traveling Exhibition, in conjunction with the Museum Lasoberana, Art Communication- Art Points- Art Day of the Earth Universe, Costa Blanca- Spanish Levant, Spain
2003-“ Mythopians”- Lane Allen Gallery, Batavia, IL
2003- “Dualities” Mythopians- Aurora Public Art Commission Gallery
2002- “Computer Art at Joliet Junior College” - Curated and participated
2002- Museum of Computer Art- one person exhibit - www.museumofcomputerart.com
2002- Curated and Participated in Fox Valley Art Council Members Invitational at Aurora Public Art Commission Gallery
2002- South Suburban College South Holland, Illinois- Goofypics: Computer Art by Steve Sherrell
2002- Lane Allen Gallery, Batavia IL, Two person Show with Tom Mahaffey
2001- Fox Valley Arts Council Invitational, Curated and Participated
2000-2001- O=Hare Airport International Terminal Gallery, “Earth and Sky” two paintings included, curated by the Mythopians.
2000- Governors State University, Area Faculty Exhibition
2000- Mythopians “ Planets” South Shore Cultural Center, Chicago, IL
1999- Millennial Myths “Planets Exhibition” University of Illinois at Springfield
1999- Fox Valley Arts Council Members Exhibition, Best of show
1999-2000- Red Magazine, Online Exhibition, www.redmagazine.com
1999- Millennial Myths Artists Planet Exhibition, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
1998- Governors State University- Two person Show
1998- Aurora Public Art Commission Gallery Invitational
1998- Inaugural Solo Exhibition: Downstairs Dunham Gallery - Aurora University
1997‑ Millennial Myths Artists ‑ Joliet Jr. College
1997‑ College of St. Francis, Joliet, IL. ‑ Solo Exhibition
1996‑ Joliet Jr. College‑ Solo Exhibition
1996‑ Aurora Business Center‑ Three Person Exhibition
1996‑ Bit.Movie Computer Art Festival‑ Palazzo del Turismo, Riccione, Italy
1995‑ Aurora University ‑ " CyberArt at Aurora University"
1995‑ Zaks Gallery ‑ Chicago ‑ group gallery exhibition
1994‑ Pixel Art Roma 94 , Rome, Italy ‑ Three of my compugraphic paintings were
included in video exhibition which was then shown on Italian Television.
1994‑ Two Person Show : Point of View Gallery , Aurora , IL.
1994‑ One person Show " Computer Paintings" ‑ McHenry County College
1994‑ One Person Show‑ Aurora University ‑ Aurora IL.
1994‑ "Amiga Artists on the Air" My Compugraphic paintings were included in a
Television Show about computer art which is distributed to public TV.
1993‑ Pixel Art Expo 'Roma 93' ‑ Rome, Italy‑ Four of my Computer Paintings were
of the Top Ten Winners in the 2D Static Graphic Picture Division
1993‑ One Person Show: Teikyo‑ MaryCrest University, Davenport, Iowa
1991‑ City of Aurora, IL. : Art on the Fox ; 2'nd Prize/ Purchase Prize
1990‑ One Person Show; Joliet Jr. College
1990‑ Three Views of Abstraction: Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago
1989‑ Two Person Show: Carl Sandberg Community College, Galesburg, IL.
1989‑ Area Invitational: Aurora University, Aurora, IL.
1989‑ One Person Show: Aurora University
1986‑ New Traditions in Chicago Art: Central Michigan University
1985‑ Chicago and Vicinity Show: Art Institute of Chicago
1984‑ " History of the Alternative Galleries in Chicago Art" : Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
1984‑ " Chicago Head '84" : Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago
1984‑ Group Show: Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago
1984‑ "Water Over Fire": Two Person Show; Indianapolis Art League; Indianapolis, In.
1983‑ One Person Show: One Illinois Center, Chicago
1983‑ "New Talent, New Vision" Zolla Lieberman Gallery, Chicago
1983‑ " Twenty Years of the Abstracted Figure in Chicago Art, The Big Pitcher"
Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago
1981‑ Young Chicago Artists‑ St. Louis Community College: St. Louis , Mo.
1980‑ Two Person Show: West Hubbard Gallery, Chicago
1980‑ Chicago Art Prospectives: Assistant Curator, exhibitor, Navy Pier, Chicago Office of Special Events
1980‑ "81/2 X 11" Show: West Hubbard Gallery, Chicago
1979‑ Members Show: West Hubbard Gallery, Chicago
1978‑ Open Wall Invitational: Artemesia Gallery, Chicago
1978‑ Three Person Show: West Hubbard Gallery, Chicago
1977‑ Graduate Student Drawings: School of the Art Institute of Chicago
1977‑ Three person Show: West Hubbard Gallery
1977‑ Opening Members Show: West Hubbard Gallery, Chicago
1976‑ Chicago and Vicinity Show: Art Institute of Chicago
1975‑ One Person Show‑ School of the Art Institute of Chicago
1972‑ Two person Show: Ball State University, Muncie, In.