Stephen Althouse

Born in Washington, DC and raised in rural Pennsylvania, sculptor-photographer Stephen Althouse received his Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University. His undergraduate study was at Rollins College, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, 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. In his studio he creates minimalist assemblages of his objects and then photographs and digitally prints them to a very large scale in black and white. His imagery is metaphoric and often includes written phrases in non-mainstream dialects as well as in Braille.

Stephen Althouse’s unique artwork has been extensively collected by major museums in North America, South America, and Europe, and after leaving academia he continues to create and exhibit his work. He was awarded the position as artist-in-residence at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Liège, Belgium through a Fulbright Grant, and he received additional American grant support from Innova papers, and German grants from Hahnemühle papers and Epson printers in support of his fine art digital printing.

Earlier Work

    Berlin

    Berlin 1997

    • silver gelatin print
    • 23 x 19 inches, 58 x 48 cm

    © Stephen Althouse


    Mask III

    Mask III 1997

    • silver gelatin print
    • 23 x 19 inches, 58 x 48 cm
    • Museum of Art - DeLand, Florida
      Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France

    © Stephen Althouse


    Mask IV

    Mask IV 1997

    • silver gelatin print
    • 23 x 19 inches, 58 x 48 cm
    • Museum of Art - DeLand, Florida
      Musée Français de la Photographie, Bièvres, France

    © Stephen Althouse


    Mask V

    Mask V 1997

    • silver gelatin print
    • 23 x 19 inches, 58 x 48 cm
    • Musée Français de la Photographie, Bièvres, France

    © Stephen Althouse


    Spears

    Spears 1997

    • silver gelatin print
    • 23 x 19 inches, 58 x 48 cm

    © Stephen Althouse


    Spears detail

    Spears detail 1997

      © Stephen Althouse


      Storm

      Storm 1997

      • silver gelatin print
      • 23 x 19 inches, 58 x 48 cm

      © Stephen Althouse


      Storm detail

      Storm detail 1997

        © Stephen Althouse


        Swords

        Swords 1997

        • silver gelatin print
        • 19 x 19 inches, 48 x 48 cm

        © Stephen Althouse


        Swords detail

        Swords detail 1997

          © Stephen Althouse


          Standing Armor

          Standing Armor 1995

          • hand colored silver gelatin print
          • 23 x 17 inches, 58 x43 cm
          • Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland

          © Stephen Althouse


          Darts II

          Darts II 1994

          • silver gelatin print
          • 19 x 23 inches, 48 x 58 cm
          • Museum voor Fotographie, Antwerpen, Belgium
            Lehigh University Collection, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

          © Stephen Althouse


          Framed Arrows

          Framed Arrows 1994

          • hand colored silver gelatin print
          • 19 x 23 inches, 48 x 58 cm
          • Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France

          © Stephen Althouse


          Gauntlets

          Gauntlets 1994

          • silver gelatin print, sepia toned
          • 23 x 19 inches, 58 x 48 cm
          • The Royal Photographic Society, Bath, England

          © Stephen Althouse


          Keys

          Keys 1994

          • silver gelatin print
          • 21 x 19 inches, 53 x 48 cm
          • Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina
            Museum voor Fotographie, Antwerp, Belgium
            Museum of Art, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

          © Stephen Althouse


          Keys (color)

          Keys (color) 1994

          • hand colored silver gelatin print
          • 21 x 19 inches, 53 x 48 cm

          © Stephen Althouse


          X ray I

          X ray I 1994

          • silver gelatin print
          • 23 x 19 inches, 58 x 48 cm
          • Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany

          © Stephen Althouse


          X ray I detail a

          X ray I detail a 1994

            © Stephen Althouse


            X ray I detail b

            X ray I detail b 1994

              © Stephen Althouse


              Bootweight II

              Bootweight II 1993

              • sepia toned silver gelatin print
              • 19 x 23 inches, 48 x 58 cm
              • Museum of Art, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

              © Stephen Althouse


              Golden Tadpoles

              Golden Tadpoles 1993

              • hand colored silver gelatin print
              • 23 x 19 inches, 58 x 48 cm

              © Stephen Althouse


              Rib I

              Rib I 1993

              • sepia toned silver gelatin print
              • 19 x 19 inches, 48 x 48 cm
              • Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland

              © Stephen Althouse


              Rib II

              Rib II 1993

              • hand colored silver gelatin print
              • 19 x 15 inches, 48 x 38 cm
              • Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France

              © Stephen Althouse


              Sacred Hand

              Sacred Hand 1993

              • hand colored silver gelatin print
              • 19 x 19 inches, 48 x 48 cm
              • Münchner Stadtmuseum - Fotomuseum, Munich, Germany

              © Stephen Althouse


              Ubi Lapsus

              Ubi Lapsus 1993

              • silver gelatin print
              • 23 x 23 inches, 59 x 59 cm
              • Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
                Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna, Austria
                Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina
                Centre d’Art et de Culture Georges-Pompidou, Paris, France

              © Stephen Althouse


              Vanitas (Violin III)

              Vanitas (Violin III) 1993

              • silver gelatin print
              • 10 x 13 inches, 25 x 33 cm
              • Bayerische Staatgemäldesammlungen, Neue Pinakothek, Munich, Germay
                Museo de la Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, Madrid, Spain

              © Stephen Althouse


              Violin II

              Violin II 1992

              • hand colored silver gelatin print
              • 23 x 19 inches, 58 x 48 cm
              • Kresge Art Museum, East Lansing, Michigan

              © Stephen Althouse


              Violin I

              Violin I 1991

              • silver gelatin print
              • 23 x 19 inches, 58 x 48 cm
              • Galerie der Stadt Stuttgart, Germany
                Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, Michigan
                Vero Beach Museum of Art, Vero Beach, Florida
                Museo de Arte, Lima, Peru

              © Stephen Althouse


              Violin I detail

              Violin I detail 1991

                © Stephen Althouse


                Blades II

                Blades II 1989

                • hand colored silver gelatin print
                • 23 x 19 inches, 58 x 48 cm

                © Stephen Althouse


                Darts I

                Darts I 1989

                • hand colored silver gelatin print
                • 23 x 19 inches, 58 x 48 cm

                © Stephen Althouse


                Goodbye I

                Goodbye I 1988

                • sepia toned silver gelatin print
                • 19 x 23 inches, 48 x 58 cm
                • Neue Galerie der Stadt Linz, Austria
                  Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain, Liège, Belgium
                  Museo de Arte Moderno, Cartagena, Colombia

                © Stephen Althouse


                Goodbye II

                Goodbye II 1988

                • silver gelatin print
                • 19 x 15 inches, 48 x 38 cm
                • Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna, Austria
                  Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida
                  Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, Michigan
                  Center for Photography, Woodstock, New York

                © Stephen Althouse


                Angels Die Hard II

                Angels Die Hard II 1987

                • silver gelatin print
                • 23 x 19 inches, 58 x 48 cm
                • Museum voor Fotographie, Antwerpen, Belgium
                  Harvard University Collection, Carpenter Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts

                © Stephen Althouse


                Glove I

                Glove I 1987

                • silver gelatin print
                • 19 x 15 inches, 48 x 38 cm
                • Neue Galerie der Stadt Linz, Austria
                  Museum of Art, Boston, Massachusetts

                © Stephen Althouse


                Glove II

                Glove II 1987

                • silver gelatin print
                • 17 x 15 inches, 43 x 38 cm
                • Museo de Arte Contemporáneo - Museo de Santa Cruz, Toledo, Spain
                  Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Bogota, Colombia
                  Lehigh University Collection, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

                © Stephen Althouse


                Silver Hands

                Silver Hands 1987

                • silver gelatin print
                • 19 x 15 inches, 48 x 38 cm
                • Fogg Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts
                  Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, Florida
                  New York University Collection. - Tische School of Art, New York, New York

                © Stephen Althouse


                Blades I

                Blades I 1985

                • hand colored silver gelatin print
                • 19 x 15 inches, 48 x 38 cm
                • Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kunstbibliothek, Berlin, Germany

                © Stephen Althouse


                Toth rest in me again

                Toth rest in me again 1985

                • silver gelatin print
                • 19 x 15 inches, 48 x 38 cm
                • Museum Ludwig, Cologn, Germany
                  The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan
                  Villanova University Collection, Villanova, Pennsylvania
                  Oklahoma Museum of Art, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

                © Stephen Althouse


                Bedscape

                Bedscape 1984

                • silver gelatin print
                • 15 x 15 inches, 38 x 38 cm
                • Musée des Beaux-Arts d’Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium
                  Museum of Art, Boca Raton, Florida

                © Stephen Althouse


                Bootweight I

                Bootweight I 1984

                • silver gelatin print
                • 19 x 19 inches, 48 x 48 cm
                • Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
                  Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna, Austria

                © Stephen Althouse


                La Alhambra

                La Alhambra 1984

                • silver gelatin print
                • 15 x 15 inches, 38 x 38 cm
                • Museo de Arte Contemporáneo - Museo de Santa Cruz, Toledo, Spain
                  Oklahoma Art Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

                © Stephen Althouse


                Pick of Many Colors

                Pick of Many Colors 1983

                • hand colored silver gelatin print
                • 19 x 19 inches, 48 x 48 cm

                © Stephen Althouse


                Divino Maestro

                Divino Maestro 1982

                • hand colored silver gelatin print
                • 19 x 15 inches, 48 x 38 cm

                © Stephen Althouse


                Divino Maestro detail

                Divino Maestro detail 1982

                  © Stephen Althouse


                  Santa Lucia, I feel you now

                  Santa Lucia, I feel you now 1981

                  • silver gelatin print
                  • 15 x 15 inches, 38 x 38 cm
                  • Norton Museum of Art, W. Palm Beach, Florida
                    Instituto de Bellas Artes, Cartagena, Colombia
                    Lehigh University Collection, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
                    Oklahoma Museum of Art, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

                  © Stephen Althouse


                  Bare Tree

                  Bare Tree 1980

                  • hand colored silver gelatin print
                  • 15 x15 inches, 38 x 38 cm

                  © Stephen Althouse


                  Bare Tree detail

                  Bare Tree detail 1980

                    © Stephen Althouse


                    Zebra Street

                    Zebra Street 1980

                    • silver gelatin print
                    • 19 x 15 inches, 48 x 38 cm
                    • Centre d’Art et de Culture Georges-Pompidou, Paris, France
                      Fogg Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts
                      Lehigh University Collection, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

                    © Stephen Althouse


                    Eddie lost his Patience

                    Eddie lost his Patience 1979

                    • hand colored silver gelatin print
                    • 15 x15 inches, 38 x 38 cm
                    • The Royal Photographic Society, Bath, Great Britain

                    © Stephen Althouse


                    Jesus on the Keyboard

                    Jesus on the Keyboard 1978

                    • silver gelatin print
                    • 10 x 13 inches, 25 x 33 cm
                    • Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama
                      Polaroid International Collection, Cambridge, Massachusetts

                    © Stephen Althouse


                    Pancha la Plancha

                    Pancha la Plancha 1978

                    • sepia toned silver gelatin print
                    • 15 x 15 inches, 38 x 38 cm
                    • Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Germany

                    © Stephen Althouse