musician, artist, curator

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BIO

Steve Parker is a musician, artist, and curator who creates communal, democratic work to examine history, systems, and behavior. His projects include elaborate civic rituals for humans, animals, and machines; listening sculptures made from salvaged marching band instruments that are modeled after obsolete WWII acoustic locators; and cathartic transportation symphonies for operators of cars, pedicabs, and bicycles. He is the recipient of the 2018 Tito's Art Prize, a Fulbright Fellowship, a Harrington Fellowship, the Best of Austin Award, and the Austin Critics' Table Award.  

Parker has performed and exhibited at venues and festivals internationally.  Highlights include Art Basel Miami Beach, the Lucerne Festival (Switzerland), MASS MoCA, the Lincoln Center Festival, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Fusebox Festival, Tanglewood, Los Angeles Philharmonic inSIGHT, SXSW, the Stone, Contemporary Arts Center (New Orleans), the Blanton Museum of Art, the Asian Arts Initiative (Philadelphia), the Contemporary Austin, Bowerbird, and the Gene Siskel Film Center. As a soloist and as an artist of NYC-based "new music dream team" Ensemble Signal, he has premiered 200+ new works. His projects have been reviewed by the New York Times, New Music Box, and Sightlines, among others.  

Parker has been awarded support from the National Endowment for the Arts, New Music USA, the Copland Foundation, the Puffin Foundation, and the Mid America Arts Alliance. He is the Curator of SoundSpace at the Blanton Museum of Art, Executive Director of Collide Arts, and a full-time faculty member at UTSA.  He holds degrees in Math and Music from Oberlin, Rice, and UT Austin.

steven.c.parker@gmail.com

Mastermind...inventive and irreverent programming
— Robert Faires, Austin Chronicle
Incredible, jaw-dropping soloist
— New Music Box
There was only one problem with Steven Parker’s wonderful performance of “Sequenza V”: a sorry lack of clown shoes.
— David Allen, The New York Times
Music in a traditional auditorium is well and good, but if we’ve learned one thing from Steve Parker, it’s that all the world’s a concert hall. His boldness and fervor inspire us and carloads of other music lovers to go off-roading with him at every opportunity. Honk if you love Steve Parker!
— Austin Chronicle
Steve Parker is a trombone rockstar: he plays in Ensemble Signal and is a professor at UTSA. But in addition to his playing, he organizes art events around Austin, where he uses parts of the city as source material for his work....It seems that Steve always has a new and adventurous project up his sleeve.
— Natalie Zeldin, KMFA