Steve Parker is an artist, musician, and curator living in Austin, TX.
Parker creates communal, democratic work to examine history, systems, and behavior. His projects include elaborate civic rituals for humans, animals, and machines; listening sculptures modeled after obsolete surveillance tools; and cathartic transportation symphonies for operators of cars, pedicabs, and bicycles. He is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, a Harrington Fellowship, and the Tito’s Prize.
Parker has exhibited and performed at institutions, public spaces, 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 (Austin), the Asian Arts Initiative (Philadelphia), The Contemporary Austin, Bowerbird, and the Gene Siskel Film Center (Chicago). 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 UT San Antonio. He holds degrees in Math and Music from Oberlin, Rice, and UT Austin.
Recent / Forthcoming:
Futurist Listening, CUE Art Foundation, curated by Marcela Guerrero, New York, NY, Jan 9-Feb 12, 2020
Title TBD, The Old Jail Art Center, Albany, TX, June-Sept, 2020
Sound Garden, KMFA Studios, Austin, TX, Oct 2020 (install)
Bluescycle, Conway Public Art, Conway, AR, Oct 2019 (install)
Outta Space, Sculpture Month Houston, Houston, TX, Oct 12-Nov 30, 2019
War Tubas, Dimension Gallery Sculpture Garden, Austin, TX, April 2019-April 2020
Tubascopes, The Thinkery, Austin, TX, Summer 2019
War Tuba Recital, Presa House Gallery, San Antonio, TX, July 2019