Steve Bliss is an artist and educator whose photographs, digital collages and various works on paper are among the holdings of a variety of museums and private collections throughout the country and overseas. Receiving a B.A. in Studio Art from the University of New Hampshire in 1977 and an M.F.A. in Photography from Ohio University in 1982, Steve was appointed to a resident faculty position at the Maine Photographic Workshops and subsequently taught at a variety of institutions including the Kansas City Art Institute, Hartwick College, Western Connecticut State University and S.U.N.Y., Purchase. In 1992 Steve accepted a position as professor of photography at the Savannah College of Art and Design, in 2001 he became chair of the department. He was appointed Dean of Communication Arts at SCAD in 2005, and was subsequently named Dean of Fine Arts in 2008, serving through 2017 and now returning to faculty. Steve was elected to two terms as a board member of the Society for Photographic Education from 2000 through 2008. The evolution of his personal work has been driven by a binary love of creating evocative imagery and investigating process. He has received a number of grants and awards including those from the Georgia Arts Council, Polaroid Corporation, and the Southern Arts Federation.
For the past twenty years, I have been documenting the lives and times of my two sons with a large format camera. The project, though clearly domestic in approach, relates peripherally to American landscape tradition, playful art historical dialog, and the un-killable family snapshot aesthetic. Though I try to remain as elastic and flexible in concept as the preceding suggests, at center the photographs record the whimsy, wars, and progression of male adolescence in a way that aims at being heartfelt without overwhelming sentiment.
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