Steven L. Mayes

At an early age, I recall the structures my father built for oil refineries, chemical plants and pipeline booster stations (see above). Two long standing memories, one in Utica, NY, I built a free-standing bridge over a mud pit, using scrap lumber for risers, cross members and diagonal braces. When completed, several workers stood on the structure to assess its strength and stability. No one went home with muddy feet or clothing.  

Another memory was using the back kitchen stoop in Los Angeles as a landing field for my wood crate airplane. That project never left the ground.  

Architectural structures were a part of vocabulary. Over my developing years the drawing of cars and houses, other hobbies like tooled copper, ceramic objects. A wooden, motorized go-cart and clubhouse, kept me busy.  

Starting college it seems, in retrospect, that art would be an obvious course of study.  During my first semester of Design I, a large portion of my class-work incorporated vertical, horizontal and diagonal elements. The magnum opus of first semester painting class was a work along the line of Franz Klein (recommended for purchase in the Air Capitol Annual Exhibition.  

The use of hammers, nails, saws and other hand-tools were a part of my creative vocabulary along with pencils and brushes.


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EXHIBITIONS

Cerulean Gallery, Amarillo, TX, 2015-Present

Chalice Abbey, Amarillo, TX

West Texas A&M Univeresity, Canyon, TX

Process Art House, Amarillo, TX

The Business of Art Center, Manitou Springs, CO

Dos Hombres, The Bradberry Gallery, Fowler Center, Arkansas State University, AR

Multiple Personalities, Ulrich Museum, Wichita State University, KS

The Print & The Process, Albrecht Kemper Museum of Art, St. Joseph. MO

Fall Exhibition, Sarah Howell Gallery, Jonesboro, AR

World Print Survey, Truman State University, Kirksville, MO

Print Types, Indian Hills Community College, Ottumwa, IA

Under Pressure: Arkansas Printmakers Show, Arkansas Artists Registry, AR

Printmakers Collection, David E. and Vivian Bernard, Wichita Art Museum, KS

Arkansas Small Works on Paper, Arkansas Artists Registry, AR

34th Annual Art Exhibit, Fort Smith Art Center, AR

Pattern: New Form/New Function, Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, Gatlinburg, 

TN

Print Types, Indiana University Southwest, New Albany, IN

The Arkansas Collection: An Invitation, University of Arkansas, Little Rock, AR

High Tech/High Touch, Pratt Graphics Touring Exhibition:

   University Art Museum Arizona State University, Tempe, AZw

   Oklahoma State University, Gardiner Art Gallery, Stillwater, OK

   Miami University Art Museum,Oxford, OH

   Pottsdam College, Roland Gibson Gallery, Pottsdam, NY

   University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, UTC Gallery, Chattanooga, TN

   Quincy Art Center and Museum of Art, Quincy, IL

Print Types, Owatonna Art Center, Owatonna, MN

Relating Ideas, Miriam Perlman Gallery, Chicago, IL

33rd Annual Chautauqua National Exhibition of American Art, Chautauqua, NY

American Print Survey, Martin Museum, Baylor University, Waco, TX

Repeated Surfaces, Miriam Perlman Gallery, Chicago, IL

Print Types, Morehead State University, Morehead, KY

Monoprints and Mixed Media, College of Eastern Utah, Price, UT

Brenau College National Invitational Art Exhibition, Gainsville, GA

Art from the Computer, Studio M, Oakland, CA

Art in Amarillo: A reflection, Amarillo College, Amarillo, TX

Electronic Imaging Exhibition, Florissant Valley Gallery, St Louis Comm. College, MO

National Computer Art/Electronic Media Exhibition, East Wash.University, Spokane, 

WA

2DX4 Alabama State University, Montgomery, AL

Computer Art: New Work from 12 Artists, Southwestern College, Chula Vista, CA

3rd Annual International Art from the Computer, Hearst Art Gallery, Moraga, CA

Haas Gallery, Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA

High Tech/High Touch: Computer Graphics in Printmaking, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn 

and Manhattan, NY

The 2nd Emerging Expressions Biennial: The Artist and the Computer, Bronx 

Museum of the Arts, Bronx. NY

ACM/SIGGRAPH Traveling Art Show, California State University, Los Angeles, CA

Houston Art League Group Show, Houston, TX

Works on Paper, Lower Columbia College, Longview, WA & Clatsop College, Astoria, 

WA

Pandora’s Box: Computer Generated Art, Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX

The Computer as Artist Competition, Southwest Museum of Science & Technology, 

Dallas, TX

SIGGRAPH 86 Art Show, Dallas, TX

Computer Art III, Louisville Art Gallery, Louisville, KY

SIGGRAPH 85 Art Show, San Francisco, CA

Amarillo Competition, Amarillo Art Center, Amarillo, TX

Lubbock Fine Arts Festival, Lubbock, TX

15th Annual Fine Arts Competition, Greensboro Artists League, Greensboro, SC

Amarillo Competition, Amarillo Art Center, Amarillo, TX

Invitational Works on Paper Show, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

Photo Printmaking, The Catskill Center for Photography, Woodstock, NY

Amarillo Competition, Amarillo Art Center, Amarillo, TX

Wichita State University MFA Printmakers Invitational, Wichita, KS

Amarillo Competition, Amarillo Art Center, Amarillo, TX

Color Print USA, Texas Tech University. Lubbock, TX

South Dakota Biennial Exhibition, South Dakota Memorial Art Center, Brookings, SD

Paper Works: 12th National Waterloo Municipal Galleries Show, Waterloo, IA

37th, 35th, & 33rd, Annual Fall Show, Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, IA

4th National Print and Drawing Exhibition, Minot State College, Minot, ND

13th Midwest Biennial, Joslyn Museum, Omaha, NE

34th National Graphic Arts & Drawing Exhibition, Wichita Art Association, Wichita, 

KS

2nd Minnesota Competition of Prints & Drawings, Benedicta Arts Center, St Joseph, 

MN

11th, 10th & 9th, Kansas Artist Annual Exhibition, Wichita, KS

Fifth North Dakota Annual Exhibition, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND

Eleventh Annual Mid-America Exhibition, Nelson/Atkins Museum, Kansas City, MO

Seventh Air Capital Annual, Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, KS

Kansas Printmakers Show, Pittsburgh State College, Pittsburgh, KS

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

University of Akron, Akron OH             

University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR

Appalachian Center for Crafts, Cookville, TN

Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR

Dishman Gallery, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX

Virginia Intermont College, Bristol, VA

Odessa College Art Department, Odessa TX

Tarrant County Junior College Northwest, Fort Worth, TX

Amarillo Art Center, Amarillo, TX

Texas A & I University, Kingsville, TX

15th Street Gallery, Amarillo, TX

Amarillo, Art Center, Amarillo, TX

Mary Harden Baylor University, Belton, TX

The Azalee Marshall Cultural Activities Center, Temple, TX

Community Cultural Center, Brookings, SD

Kilgore Research Center, West Texas State University, Canyon, TX

Formal Gallery, West Texas State University, Canyon, TX

Thomas Jefferson College, Allendale, MI

University Gallery, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD

Johnson Fine Arts Center, Northern State College, Aberdeen, SD

Oscar Howe Cultural Center, Mitchell, SD

University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD

Dickenson State College, Dickenson, ND

Southern State College, Springfield, SD

Elizabeth Sprague Gallery, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS