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.

Tool & Shrouds Series

Bound Hammer

Bound Hammer 2017

  • pigment print
  • 48 x 35.5 inches, 122 x 90cm

© Stephen Althouse


Broken Wagon

Broken Wagon 2017

  • pigment print
  • 59.9 x 96 inches, 150 x 244 cm
  • Museum Moderner Kunst Kärnten, Klagenfurt, Austria

© Stephen Althouse


Broken Wagon detail

Broken Wagon detail 2017

    © Stephen Althouse


    Door with Flames

    Door with Flames 2017

    • pigment print
    • 96 x 59.5 inches, 244 x 150 cm
    • Museum Moderner Kunst Kärnten, Klagenfurt, Austria

    © Stephen Althouse


    Door with Flames detail

    Door with Flames detail 2017

      © Stephen Althouse


      Door with Hole

      Door with Hole 2017

      • pigment print
      • 96 x 59.5 inches, 244 x 150 cm
      • Museum Moderner Kunst Kärnten, Klagenfurt, Austria

      © Stephen Althouse


      Door with Hole detail

      Door with Hole detail 2017

        © Stephen Althouse


        Inca Wool and Clamp

        Inca Wool and Clamp 2017

        • pigment print
        • 88 x 59.5 inches, 220 x 150 cm

        © Stephen Althouse


        Medal with Braille

        Medal with Braille 2017

        • pigment print
        • 48 x 35.5 inches, 122 x 90 cm
        • Museum Moderner Kunst Kärnten, Klagenfurt, Austria

        © Stephen Althouse


        Medal with Braille detail

        Medal with Braille detail 2017

          © Stephen Althouse


          Plumb Line

          Plumb Line 2017

          • pigment print
          • 48 x 35.5 inches, 122 x 90 cm
          • Museum Moderner Kunst Kärnten, Klagenfurt, Austria

          © Stephen Althouse


          Shovel with Braille

          Shovel with Braille 2017

          • pigment print
          • 96 x 59.5 inches, 244 x 150 cm
          • Museum Moderner Kunst Kärnten, Klagenfurt, Austria

          © Stephen Althouse


          Shovel with Braille detail

          Shovel with Braille detail 2017

            © Stephen Althouse


            Chairs Diptych

            Chairs Diptych 2015

            • pigment print
            • diptych full size 96 x 120 inches, 244 x 305 cm
              each print 96 x 59.5 inches, 244 x 150cm
            • Museum Moderner Kunst Kärnten, Klagenfurt, Austria

            © Stephen Althouse


            Chairs Diptych detail

            Chairs Diptych detail 2015

              © Stephen Althouse


              Rusted Nails

              Rusted Nails 2015

              • pigment print
              • 35.5 x 48 inches, 90 x 122 cm

              © Stephen Althouse


              Rusted Nails detail

              Rusted Nails detail 2015

                © Stephen Althouse


                Axe with Braille

                Axe with Braille 2013

                • pigment print
                • 48 x 35.5 inches, 122 x 90 cm
                • Museum Moderner Kunst Kärnten, Klagenfurt, Austria

                © Stephen Althouse


                Broken Bow

                Broken Bow 2013

                • pigment print
                • 59.5 x 88 inches, 150 x 220 cm
                • Museum Moderner Kunst Kärnten, Klagenfurt, Austria

                © Stephen Althouse


                Rusted Maille

                Rusted Maille 2013

                • pigment print
                • 42 x 62 inches, 107 x 157 cm

                © Stephen Althouse


                Clamp and Shroud

                Clamp and Shroud 2013

                • pigment print
                • 48 x 35.5 inches, 122 x 90 cm
                • Museum Moderner Kunst Kärnten, Klagenfurt, Austria

                © Stephen Althouse


                Ladder

                Ladder 2013

                • pigment print
                • 59.5 x 114 inches, 150 x 290 cm
                • Museum Moderner Kunst Kärnten, Klagenfurt, Austria

                © Stephen Althouse


                Rusted Crown

                Rusted Crown 2013

                • pigment print
                • 59.5 x 88 inches, 150 x 220 cm
                • Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, Alabama

                © Stephen Althouse


                Walnut

                Walnut 2013

                • pigment print
                • 48 x 35.5 inches, 122 x 90 cm

                © Stephen Althouse


                Forks with Braille

                Forks with Braille 2011

                • pigment print
                • 42 x 62 inches, 107 x 157 cm
                • Museum Moderner Kunst Kärnten, Klagenfurt, Austria

                © Stephen Althouse


                Iron Wedge

                Iron Wedge 2011

                • pigment print
                • 35.5 x 48 inches, 90 x 122 cm

                © Stephen Althouse


                Knot III (horse armor)

                Knot III (horse armor) 2011

                • pigment print
                • 88 x 59.5 inches, 220 x 150 cm
                • Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, Florida
                  Samek Art Museum, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

                © Stephen Althouse


                Knot III (horse armor) detail

                Knot III (horse armor) detail 2011

                  © Stephen Althouse


                  Shoe II

                  Shoe II 2011

                  • pigment print
                  • 42 x 42 inches, 106 x 106 cm

                  © Stephen Althouse


                  Bull Blinders

                  Bull Blinders 2009

                  • pigment print
                  • 62 x 42 inches, 157 x 107 cm
                  • Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio

                  © Stephen Althouse


                  Scythe I

                  Scythe I 2009

                  • pigment print
                  • 42 x 62 inches, 107 x 157 cm

                  © Stephen Althouse


                  Scythe I detail

                  Scythe I detail 2009

                    © Stephen Althouse


                    Book

                    Book 2009

                    • pigment print
                    • 59.5 x 59.5 inches, 151 x 151 cm

                    © Stephen Althouse


                    Book detail

                    Book detail 2009

                    • pigment print

                    © Stephen Althouse


                    Saw II

                    Saw II 2009

                    • pigment print
                    • 42 x 88 inches, 107 x 223 cm

                    © Stephen Althouse


                    Weaning Halters

                    Weaning Halters 2009

                    • pigment print
                    • 59.5 x 59.5 inches, 151x 151cm

                    © Stephen Althouse


                    Weaning Halters detail

                    Weaning Halters detail 2009

                    • pigment print

                    © Stephen Althouse


                    Mesa con Tricornos

                    Mesa con Tricornos 2008

                    • pigment print
                    • 42 x 62 inches, 107 x 157 cm

                    © Stephen Althouse


                    Pick with Braille II

                    Pick with Braille II 2008

                    • pigment print
                    • 42 x 31 inches, 107 x 79 cm
                    • Museum Moderner Kunst Kärnten, Klagenfurt, Austria

                    © Stephen Althouse


                    Sleeve Ribbon

                    Sleeve Ribbon 2008

                    • pigment print
                    • 42 x 31 inches, 107 x 79 cm
                    • Museum Moderner Kunst Kärnten, Klagenfurt, Austria

                    © Stephen Althouse


                    Wheel I

                    Wheel I 2008

                    • pigment print
                    • 59.5 x 88 inches, 151 x 223 cm
                    • Museum Moderner Kunst Kärnten, Klagenfurt, Austria

                    © Stephen Althouse


                    Mallet with Braille

                    Mallet with Braille 2006

                    • pigment print
                    • 42 x 31 inches, 107 x 79 cm

                    © Stephen Althouse


                    Mallet with Braille detail

                    Mallet with Braille detail 2006

                      © Stephen Althouse


                      Pick with Braille I

                      Pick with Braille I 2006

                      • pigment print
                      • 42 x 31 inches, 107 x 79 cm

                      © Stephen Althouse


                      Rake II

                      Rake II 2006

                      • pigment print
                      • 42 x 62 inches, 107 x 157 cm

                      © Stephen Althouse


                      Shoe

                      Shoe 2006

                      • pigment print
                      • 42 x 31 inches, 107 x 79 cm

                      © Stephen Althouse


                      Broken Cello

                      Broken Cello 2005

                      • pigment print
                      • 59.5 x 88 inches, 151 x 223 cm

                      © Stephen Althouse


                      Broken Cello detail

                      Broken Cello detail 2005

                        © Stephen Althouse


                        Closed Tongs

                        Closed Tongs 2004

                        • pigment print
                        • 59.5 x 88 inches, 151 x 223 cm
                        • Art Museum, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
                          Museé d’Art moderne et d’Art contemporain, Liège, Belgium

                        © Stephen Althouse


                        Iron Roses

                        Iron Roses 2004

                        • pigment print
                        • 42 x 31 inches, 107 x 79 cm
                        • Museé d’Art moderne et d’Art contemporain, Liège, Belgium

                        © Stephen Althouse


                        Iron Roses detail

                        Iron Roses detail 2004

                          © Stephen Althouse


                          Sacred Tongs

                          Sacred Tongs 2004

                          • pigment print
                          • 42 x 31 inches, 107 x 79 cm
                          • Art Museum, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
                            Museé d’Art moderne et d’Art contemporain, Liège, Belgium

                          © Stephen Althouse


                          Adjustable Wrench

                          Adjustable Wrench 2003

                          • pigment print
                          • 42 x 62 inches, 107 x 157 cm
                          • Museé d’Art moderne et d’Art contemporain, Liège, Belgium

                          © Stephen Althouse


                          Adjustable Wrench detail

                          Adjustable Wrench detail 2003

                            © Stephen Althouse


                            Autumn Plant

                            Autumn Plant 2003

                            • pigment print
                            • 42 x 31 inches, 107 x 79 cm
                            • Museé d’Art moderne et d’Art contemporain, Liège, Belgium

                            © Stephen Althouse


                            Autumn Plant detail

                            Autumn Plant detail 2003

                              © Stephen Althouse


                              Axe and Tapestry

                              Axe and Tapestry 2003

                              • pigment print
                              • 42 x 31 inches, 107 x 79 cm
                              • Art Museum, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
                                Museé d’Art moderne et d’Art contemporain, Liège, Belgium

                              © Stephen Althouse


                              Axe and Tapestry detail

                              Axe and Tapestry detail 2003

                                © Stephen Althouse


                                Axe, Wood, and Shroud

                                Axe, Wood, and Shroud 2003

                                • pigment print
                                • 59.5 x 88 inches, 151 x 223 cm
                                • Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, Illinois
                                  Museé d’Art moderne et d’Art contemporain, Liège, Belgium

                                © Stephen Althouse


                                Belgian Ribbon

                                Belgian Ribbon 2003

                                • pigment print
                                • 42 x 31 inches, 107 x 79 cm
                                • Museé d’Art moderne et d’Art contemporain, Liège, Belgium

                                © Stephen Althouse


                                Belgian Shears

                                Belgian Shears 2003

                                • pigment print
                                • 42 x 31 inches, 107 x 79 cm
                                • Museé d’Art moderne et d’Art contemporain, Liège, Belgium

                                © Stephen Althouse


                                Brick and Ivy

                                Brick and Ivy 2003

                                • pigment print
                                • 42 x 62 inches, 107 x 157 cm
                                • Museé d’Art moderne et d’Art contemporain, Liège, Belgium

                                © Stephen Althouse


                                Brick and Ivy detail

                                Brick and Ivy detail 2003

                                  © Stephen Althouse


                                  Bridle

                                  Bridle 2003

                                  • pigment print
                                  • 42 x 31 inches, 107 x 79 cm
                                  • Museé d’Art moderne et d’Art contemporain, Liège, Belgium

                                  © Stephen Althouse


                                  Bridle detail a

                                  Bridle detail a 2003

                                    © Stephen Althouse


                                    Bridle detail b

                                    Bridle detail b 2003

                                      © Stephen Althouse


                                      Bridle with Blinders

                                      Bridle with Blinders 2003

                                      • pigment print
                                      • 42 x 31 inches, 107 x 79 cm
                                      • Museé d’Art moderne et d’Art contemporain, Liège, Belgium

                                      © Stephen Althouse


                                      Clamps

                                      Clamps 2003

                                      • pigment print
                                      • 59.5 x 88 inches, 151 x 223 cm
                                      • Museé d’Art moderne et d’Art contemporain, Liège, Belgium

                                      © Stephen Althouse


                                      Clamps and Shroud

                                      Clamps and Shroud 2003

                                      • pigment print
                                      • 59.5 x 88 inches, 151 x 223 cm
                                      • Art Museum, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
                                        Museum Moderner Kunst Kärnten, Klagenfurt, Austria
                                        Museé d’Art moderne et d’Art contemporain, Liège, Belgium

                                      © Stephen Althouse


                                      Hammer with Braille

                                      Hammer with Braille 2003

                                      • pigment print
                                      • 42 x 31 inches, 107 x 79 cm
                                      • Art Museum, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
                                        Museé d’Art moderne et d’Art contemporain, Liège, Belgium

                                      © Stephen Althouse


                                      Inlay

                                      Inlay 2003

                                      • pigment print
                                      • 42 x 31 inches, 107 x 79 cm
                                      • Museé d’Art moderne et d’Art contemporain, Liège, Belgium

                                      © Stephen Althouse


                                      Massacre Ardennais

                                      Massacre Ardennais 2003

                                      • pigment print
                                      • 42 x 31 inches, 107 x 79 cm
                                      • Museé d’Art moderne et d’Art contemporain, Liège, Belgium

                                      © Stephen Althouse


                                      Massacre Ardennais detail

                                      Massacre Ardennais detail 2003

                                        © Stephen Althouse


                                        Nail and String

                                        Nail and String 2003

                                        • pigment print
                                        • 42 x 31 inches, 107 x 79 cm
                                        • Museé d’Art moderne et d’Art contemporain, Liège, Belgium

                                        © Stephen Althouse


                                        Nail and String detail

                                        Nail and String detail 2003

                                          © Stephen Althouse


                                          Rake I

                                          Rake I 2003

                                          • pigment print
                                          • 42 x 31 inches, 107 x 79 cm
                                          • Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, Illinois
                                            Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
                                            Museum Moderner Kunst Kärnten, Klagenfurt, Austria
                                            Museé d’Art moderne et d’Art contemporain, Liège, Belgium

                                          © Stephen Althouse


                                          Reins and Bit

                                          Reins and Bit 2003

                                          • pigment print
                                          • 31 x 42 inches, 79 x 107 cm
                                          • Museé d’Art moderne et d’Art contemporain, Liège, Belgium

                                          © Stephen Althouse


                                          Royal Spindle

                                          Royal Spindle 2003

                                          • pigment print
                                          • 42 x 31 inches, 107 x 79 cm
                                          • Museum of Art - DeLand, Florida
                                            Museé d’Art moderne et d’Art contemporain, Liège, Belgium

                                          © Stephen Althouse


                                          Royal Spindle detail

                                          Royal Spindle detail 2003

                                            © Stephen Althouse


                                            Saw I

                                            Saw I 2003

                                            • pigment print
                                            • 42 x 31 inches, 107 x 79 cm
                                            • Museé d’Art moderne et d’Art contemporain, Liège, Belgium

                                            © Stephen Althouse


                                            Washboard

                                            Washboard 2003

                                            • pigment print
                                            • 42 x 31 inches, 107 x 79 cm
                                            • Museé d’Art moderne et d’Art contemporain, Liège, Belgium

                                            © Stephen Althouse


                                            Washboard detail

                                            Washboard detail 2003

                                              © Stephen Althouse