Born in Washington, DC and raised in rural Pennsylvania, artist-photographer Stephen Althouse received his Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University. His undergraduate study was at Tyler School of Art, Rollins College, Florida, and the University of Miami where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture.
Althouse collects or makes objects that relate to significant life events. Experiences and interactions with other people, which are founded upon the extreme positive or negative attributes of humankind, often serve as catalysts for his visual expression of life. He combines found or fabricated objects into cryptic assemblages and then photographs the assemblages onto large format film. He now scans his film, subtly enhancing and modifying his images on the computer in preparation for large scale digital archival printing. Lacing his images with visual autobiographical narrative themes that recur and criss-cross throughout his images, Althouse creates a unique enigmatic visual language of personal symbols and metaphors.
Stephen Althouse was awarded the position as artist-in-residence at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Liège, Belgium, through a Fulbright Research Fellowship and he received grants from Epson/Seiko and Hahnemühle papers of Germany in support of his fine art digital printing. In addition to being widely exhibited, his artwork has been extensively collected by major museums and private collectors throughout North America, South America, and Europe.