About Steve Stokan Photography

Biography

Steve Stokan (b. 1963) is a fine art photographer from Houston, Texas. He currently lives and works in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Communication Design from Texas Tech University, he was employed in the advertising industry as a graphic designer, art director and commercial photographer for 20 years. He began his involvement with digital photography in 1991, shooting product photography for a variety of clients. His work has appeared in over 50 exhibitions throughout the United States, blogged by National Geographic Traveler Magazine and published in Square Magazine, B&W Magazine, and the Best of Photography annual by Photographer’s Forum Magazine. Steve currently serves as a member on the Board of Directors for the Texas Photographic Society, and has been a member since 2011. To purchase prints or note cards, email info@stevestokan.com or call 512.825.8255.

 

Exhibitions

2016   Black & White, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT (juried by Dean Brierly)

2016   The Long Square, The Long Gallery, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, UK (juried by Christophe Dillinger)

2016   Old, A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX (juried by Ann Jastrab)

2016   Water, SE Center for Photography, Greenville, SC (juried by Michael Pannier)

2015   28th Annual Members' Only Show, Texas Photographic Society, Longview, TX (juried by Keith Carter)

2015   Be Square, SE Center for Photography, Greenville, SC (juried by Christophe Dillinger)

2015   Abstractions, A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX (juried by Eddie Soloway)

2015   On the Street Where You Live, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT (juried by James Blair)

2015   TVAA Open, Texas Visual Arts Association Gallery, Dallas, TX (group exhibit)

2015   Marvelous Things: The Art of Still Life, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT (juried by Aline Smithson)

2014   9 x 12 Works on Paper, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Fort Worth, TX (group exhibit)

2014   Dreams and Hallucinations, Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction, VT (juried by Russell Joslin)

2014   High and Dry XIV, Texas Tech University Office of International Affairs, Lubbock, TX (juried by Jean Caslin)

2014   Fall Gallery Night, Oxide Gallery, Denton, TX (group exhibit)

2014   TPS 23: The International Competition, Texas Photographic Society, Johnson City, TX (juried by Susan kae Grant)

2014   Illumine, Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction, VT (juried by Robert Hirsch)

2014   Hill Country Photography Club, Pecan Street Brewing, Johnson City, TX (juried by Amanda Smith)

2013   High and Dry XIII, Texas Tech University Office of International Affairs, Lubbock, TX (juried by David Michael Kennedy)

2013   Learning Curve 7, Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX (juried by Allison Pappas)

2013   A Horse of a Different Color, Walkers' Gallery, San Marcos Activity Center, San Marcos, TX (group exhibit)

2013   Putting on the Dog, Texas Tech University Office of International Affairs, Lubbock, TX (group exhibit)

2013   Creatures, The Kiernan Gallery, Lexington, VA (juried by Anne Berry)

2013   Color Story, Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction, VT (juried by Seth Resnick)

2012   High and Dry XII, Texas Tech University Office of International Affairs, Lubbock, TX (juried by Luther Smith)

2012   The Road Less Traveled, Barnes & Noble at The Homestead, Cedar Park, TX (solo exhibit)

2012   State Fair of Texas Photo Contest, Fair Park Creative Arts Building, Dallas, TX (group exhibit)

2012   Vehicular Visions, Walkers' Gallery, San Marcos Activity Center, San Marcos, TX (group exhibit)

2012   TPS 21: The International Competition, Texas Photographic Society, Johnson City, TX (juried by Aline Smithson)

2012   International Hot Air Balloon Show, TCC Photo Gallery, Longview, TX (juried by Harvey Stein)

2012   A Good Horse, Spicewood Springs Library, Austin, TX (solo exhibit)

2012   Extraordinary Exposures, Dragonfly Gallery at Rosedale, Austin, TX (group exhibit)

2012   25th Annual Members' Only Show, Texas Photographic Society, Odessa, TX (juried by Henry Horenstein)

2011   Master Class, Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX (juried by Stephan Hillerbrand)

2011   The Nature of Trees, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT (juried by Sean Kernan)

2011   Numbers, A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX (juried by Carol Watson & Amanda Smith)

2011   State Fair of Texas Photo Contest, Fair Park Creative Arts Building, Dallas, TX (group exhibit)

2011   A Good Horse, Barnes & Noble at The Homestead, Cedar Park, TX (solo exhibit)

2011   Round & Round, Walkers' Gallery, San Marcos Activity Center, San Marcos, TX (group exhibit)

2011   Focusing on the Edge, Dragonfly Gallery at Rosedale, Austin, TX (group exhibit)

2011   Storytelling: A Group Exhibition, L. Nowlin Gallery, Austin, TX (juried by Lesley Nowlin)

2011   The Mystery of Trees, Barnes & Noble at The Homestead, Cedar Park, TX (solo exhibit)

2010   Storytellers, Walkers' Gallery, San Marcos Activity Center, San Marcos, TX (group exhibit)

2010   State Fair of Texas Photo Contest, Fair Park Creative Arts Building, Dallas, TX (group exhibit)

2010   Naturescapes, Walkers' Gallery, San Marcos Activity Center, San Marcos, TX (group exhibit)

2010   High & Dry X, Texas Tech University Office of International Affairs, Lubbock, TX (juried by Roy Flukinger)

2010   Looking Up, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, Austin, TX (group exhibit)

2010   Random Shots VII, Barnes & Noble at The Homestead, Cedar Park, TX (solo exhibit)

2010   Random Shots VI, Barnes & Noble at The Homestead, Cedar Park, TX (solo exhibit)

2009   Abstractions, Walkers' Gallery, San Marcos Activity Center, San Marcos, TX (group exhibit)

2009   Ansel Adams Inspired, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA (group slideshow)

2009   Austin Shutterbug Club, Scarborough Building, Austin, TX (group exhibit)

2009   Random Shots V, Barnes & Noble at Westlake, Austin, TX (solo exhibit)

2009   Random Shots IV, Barnes & Noble at Sunset Valley, Austin, TX (solo exhibit)

2009   Random Shots III, Hyde Park Grill South, Austin, TX (two person exhibit)

2008   4th Annual 12 Buy 12, Austin Art Space Gallery & Studios, Austin, TX (juried group exhibit)

2008   Random Shots II, Barnes & Noble at The Homestead, Cedar Park, TX (solo exhibit)

2008   Austin Shutterbug Club, Scarborough Building, Austin, TX (group exhibit)

2008   Democracy, The H Gallery, Houston, TX (group exhibit)

2008   Random Shots I, Barnes & Noble at The Homestead, Cedar Park, TX (solo exhibit)

 

Awards

2015   Juror's Award, Abstractions, A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX (juried by Eddie Soloway)

2015   Merit Award, Black & White Magazine Portfolio Contest

2015   Honorable Mention, 14th Annual New Mexico Magazine Photo Contest

2014   Honorable Mention, The Traces Left Behind, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT (juried by Matthew Christopher)

2014   Finalist, 34th Annual Spring Photography Contest, Photographer's Forum Magazine

2013   Finalist, 33rd Annual Spring Photography Contest, Photographer's Forum Magazine

2013   Merit Award, Black & White Magazine Portfolio Contest

2013   Honorable Mention, 12th Annual New Mexico Magazine Photo Contest

2012   Honorable Mention, In Transit, The Kiernan Gallery, Lexington, VA (juried by Jock Montgomery)

2012   3rd Place, High and Dry XII, Texas Tech University Office of International Affairs, Lubbock, TX (juried by Luther Smith)

2012   Honorable Mention, State Fair of Texas Photo Contest

2012   Finalist, 32nd Annual Spring Photography Contest, Photographer's Forum Magazine

2012   Finalist, Texas Hill Country Photo Contest, Hill Country Alliance

2012   Honorable Mention, In Your Dreams, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT (juried by Susan Burnstine)

2012   Honorable Mention, Poetic Objects: Still Life as Subject, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT (juried by Sue Lezon)

2012   Honorable Mention, The Four Seasons, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT (juried by David Middleton)

2011   Honorable Mention, 11th Annual The Everyman Photo Contest

2011   Honorable Mention, State Fair of Texas Photo Contest

2011   Finalist, Texas Hill Country Photo Contest, Hill Country Alliance

2011   Finalist, 31st Annual Spring Photography Contest, Photographer's Forum Magazine

2011   Honorable Mention, 10th Annual New Mexico Magazine Photo Contest

2010   Honorable Mention, 10th Annual The Everyman Photo Contest

2010   Finalist, Art of Photography Photo Contest, Outdoor Photographer Magazine

2010   3rd Place, November Photo of the Month, The Austin Photography Group

2010   Honorable Mention, State Fair of Texas Photo Contest

2010   2nd Place, July Photo of the Month, The Austin Photography Group

2010   Finalist, Texas Hill Country Photo Contest, Hill Country Alliance

2009   Finalist, Share the Experience Photo Contest, National Park Foundation

2009   1st Place, February Photo of the Month, The Austin Photography Group

2008   3rd Place, August Photo of the Month, The Austin Photography Group

 

Education

2015   Group Image Critique with Sam Abell, Dallas Center for Photography, Dallas, TX (seminar)

2015   The Most Important Thing... with Tami Bone, A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX (class)

2015   Imagining Paradise with Keith Carter, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, Santa Fe, NM (workshop)

2014   Man and Beast with Mary Ellen Mark, The Wittliff Collections, San Marcos, TX (lecture)

2014   Fine Art Black and White Digital Printmaking with Bill Kennedy, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, Austin, TX (class)

2013   Master Class: Artistic Development Retreat with Sally Gall, Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX (class)

2013   LensWork Road Show with Brooks Jensen, LensWork Publishing, Houston, TX (seminar)

2013   Visual Narratives with Susan Burnstine, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, Santa Fe, NM (workshop)

2013   Icons of Photography No. 17 with Sylvia Plachy, Austin Center for Photography, Austin, TX (lecture)

2013   Master Class: Your Art Practice with Kelli Connell, Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX (class)

2012   The Personal Photographic Image with Cig Harvey, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, Santa Fe, NM (workshop)

2012   Finding your Audience with Mary Virginia Swanson, Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX (lecture)

2011   Icons of Photography No. 12 with Henry Horenstein, Austin Center for Photography, Austin, TX (lecture)

2011   Master Class: Visual Narratives with Susan Burnstine, Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX (class)

2011   Adobe Lightroom Workshop with Jerry Courvoisier, Lightroom Workshops, Houston, TX (workshop)

2011   Visual Poetry with Keith Carter, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, Santa Fe, NM (workshop)

2011   Icons of Photography No. 10 with Jerry Uelsmann and Maggie Taylor, Austin Center for Photography, Austin, TX (lecture)

2011   Advanced Photography: Bodies of Work with Kristy Peet, Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX (class)

2010   Autobiography In Fiction with Keith Carter, FOTOSEPTIEMBRE USA, San Antonio, TX (lecture)

2010   Personal Expression in Photography with Robert Shults, University of Texas Informal Classes, Austin, TX (class)

2009   Versatile Travel Photographer with Ralph Lee Hopkins & Bob Krist, National Geographic Traveler, Denver, CO (lecture)

1989   Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Design, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX (undergraduate degree)

 

Published

2016   Square Magazine, Issue Number 604 (online)

2015   YourDailyPhotograph.com, Duncan Miller Gallery, November 9th (online)

2015   TPS Contact Sheet, Texas Photographic Society, Volume 35, Number 4 (print)

2015   Black & White Magazine, Portfolio Contest Winners, Issue Number 110 (print) 

2015   New Mexico Magazine, Annual Photo Contest, February Issue (print)

2014   A Year of Daily Joy, National Geographic Society (print)   

2014   YourDailyPhotograph.com, Duncan Miller Gallery, October 13th (online)

2014   Best of Photography 2014, Photographer's Forum Magazine (print)

2013   Best of Photography 2013, Photographer's Forum Magazine (print)

2013   Black & White Magazine, Portfolio Contest Winners, Issue Number 98 (print)

2013   TPS Contact Sheet, Texas Photographic Society, Volume 32, Number 1 (print)

2013   New Mexico Magazine, Annual Photo Contest, February Issue (print)

2012   Faith and Home, Wartburg Verlag (print)

2012   Pedernales River Watershed Poster, Lower Colorado River Authority (print)

2012   Texas Hill Country Calendar 2013, Hill Country Alliance (print)

2012   Best of Photography 2012, Photographer's Forum Magazine (print)

2012   Smithsonian Magazine, Photo of the Day, January 25th (online)

2012   Santa Fe Photographic Workshops Catalog, Winter/Spring (print)

2011   Best of Photography 2011, Photographer's Forum Magazine (print)

2011   Fraction Magazine, Photographs you NEED to see, July 8th (online)

2011   TPS Contact Sheet, Texas Photographic Society, Volume 30, Number 2 (print)

2011   New Mexico Magazine, Annual Photo Contest, January Issue (print)

2009   National Geographic Traveler Magazine, Intelligent Travel Blog, February 19th (online)

2008   National Geographic Magazine, Your Shot Daily Dozen, September 10th (online)

Employment

2008   Steve Stokan Photography, Austin, TX, Freelance Photographer

2003   Creative Aims, Austin, TX, Freelance Graphic Designer

2000   Ellis Graphics, Austin, TX, Art Director

2000   Forte Creative, Denver, CO, Contract Graphic Designer

1999   Noble Erickson, Denver CO, Contract Graphic Designer

1998   The Jensen Group, Fort Collins, CO, Art Director

1998   Invision Marketing, Fort Collins, CO, Art Director

1996   Quill Creative Advertising, Dallas, TX, Graphic Designer

1994   Hand Tools International, Dallas, TX, Art Director/Photographer

1993   Classic Balloon Corporation, Dallas, TX, Advertising Director/Photographer

1993   Art Squad, Dallas, TX, Contract Graphic Designer

1992   Texas Society of CPAs, Dallas, TX, Graphic Designer

1990   International Christian Media, Dallas, TX, Graphic Designer

1990   Lance Brown Design, Houston, TX, Contract Graphic Designer

1990   Marilyn Van Cleeve Design, Houston, TX, Contract Graphic Designer

1988   S.S. Photography, Houston, TX, Freelance Photographer

1978   Cirincione Photography, Houston, TX, Contract Photographer