musician, artist, curator

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Biography

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.

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Current / Forthcoming:

Futurist Listening, CUE Art Foundation, curated by Marcela Guerrero, New York, NY, Jan 9-Feb 12, 2020

Listening Objects, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art / Artosphere Festival / Amazeum, May 2020

Title TBD, The Old Jail Art Center, Albany, TX, June-Sept, 2020

Bluescycle, Conway Public Art, Conway, AR, Oct 2019

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


Mastermind...inventive and irreverent programming
— Robert Faires, Austin Chronicle
Incredible, jaw-dropping soloist
— New Music Box
The generosity and respect with which Parker forms his connections — sonic, sculptural, conceptual — always includes his audience, and always invites them to create their own.
— Annelyse Gelman, Glasstire
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 exemplifies the way contemporary artists push beyond the boundaries of genres and media towards the pursuit of creativity. His generous approach brings together groups of trained performers and even invites curious members of the public to participate in his scores.
— Andrea Mellard, The Contemporary Austin
Steve Parker has been involved in some of the city’s outstanding collaborative projects, beloved by the public as well as critics and colleagues
— Michael Barnes, Austin American Statesman
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