Associate Professor of Practice
Northern Arizona University
Steven Schaeffer was born in
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in 1969. Steven began his education in art at an early
age, studying with masters in the field of ceramics in Philadelphia, PA;
Flagstaff, AZ; and achieving his Masters in Fine Arts at Ohio University in
Hired in 2005 at Northern Arizona
University, he currently teaches ceramics as
Associate Professor of Practice in the College of Arts and Letters.
Stevens’s work has been exhibited
in more than seventy exhibitions, nationally and internationally, and is in
permanent collections across the United States and the Jingdezen Ceramic
Institute in Jingdezen, China.
His love for the four corners of
the southwest United States is a major influence in his work. Shaeffer
states “Understanding my environment is an essential motivation for my
creative process. Nature is the didactic arena that I seek. Through my studio
work I have realized what these experiences are consciously revealing to me.”
In 2007 Steven’s ceramic
sculpture was accepted to the “4th World Ceramic Biennial International
Competition” in Korea where he
received an honorable mention, and the "NCECA
Clay National Biennial Exhibition" at
the Museum of Art and Craft in Louisville, Kentucky.
In December of 2009 Steven
traveled to Florence, Italy were his work was included in the "Florence Biennale".
Upon conclusion of the exhibition in Florence the work has become part of a
permanent collection in Siena Italy.
In the summer of 2012 Steven was
the curator of an international exhibition entitled “Across the Divide” that was displayed at the Coconino
Center for the Arts in Flagstaff, Arizona.