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Steve Locke at Boston University

  • Boston University, Room 346 808 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, MA 02215 (map)

Steve Locke is an artist and educator based in Boston. Portraiture is a central concern of Locke’s paintings, which deconstruct the codes of masculine desire, intimacy, and violence. The artist is best known for portraits of men’s disembodied heads, images that are precariously positioned between the humorous, violent, and vulnerable. More recent works have addressed racial politics and civic life in public space and at a larger scale, shifting into the territory of public monuments. Recent projects include Three Deliberate Grays for Freddie (A Memorial for Freddie Gray), an outdoor installation at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum; Love Letter to a Library, an interdisciplinary, text-based work at numerous libraries throughout Boston; and a large-scale sculptural monument to victims of the Atantic slave trade at Boston’s Fanueil hall, currently in the proposal stage. Locke is a faculty member at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. He is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, a Louis Comfort Tiffanny Foundation Grant, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, and has served as Artist in Residency for the city of Boston. His work has been the subject of numerous exhibitions at sites including the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, the Drawing Center in New York, the Boston Center for the Arts, among others. 

Part of the Tuesday Night MFA Lecture Series at Boston University