Visiting Artist: Aaron Stephan

Portland-based artist, Aaron Stephan has been called the Philosopher of Stuff and Maine’s most creative artist and for good reason; his art is funny, highly crafted, and intellectually sharp and seemingly everywhere you look.  Stephan ‘s work can be found in museums and galleries around the state and most notably in public spaces thanks to the Percent for Art program.  This past September 26th graduate students in the Intermedia MFA Program were treated to a delightfully witty artist talk by Mr. Stephan.  He covered the breadth of his career and discussed in depth his fascination with language, objects, and art making.

Stephan works in the realms between sculpture, installation, performance and philosophy.   He seeks to explore philosophy through objects instead of language and he asks what is our relationship to the world and language, not just language itself.  Stephan is a conceptual artist who works from ideas to find materials that best suit that idea.  Stephan earned his BFA in Sculpture from SUNY Purchase College and his MFA from Maine College of Art.  His work has been shown in solo museum exhibitions, galleries, and commissions.

This event was sponsored by the Intermedia MFA Program and the University of Maine Cultural Affairs / Distinguished Lecture Series.

For more information on Aaron Stephan visit his website