Steven Carrelli is a visual artist and writer based in Chicago. His artwork employs close observation and the contemplative nature of craft to explore the instability of perception and the poetics of representation as a means of interpreting our relationships to place, time, labor, and history.
He holds an MFA in Painting from Northwestern University and a BA in Studio Art from Wheaton College. Carrelli's work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions, and it is included in the collections of the Illinois State Museum, the City of Chicago Public Art Program, Elmhurst College, Northwestern University, and DePaul University, among others. His works have appeared in many publications, including the Chicago Sun-Times, the Chicago Reader, New American Paintings, Art Scene Chicago 2000, and Time Out Chicago. Awards include a Fulbright Grant to Florence, Italy, as well as grants from the Ruth and Harold Chenven Foundation, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Union League of Chicago. Carrelli’s essays, poetry and short fiction have appeared in the New Art Examiner, The Chicago Quarterly Review, and Crab Creek Review. He lives in Chicago with his wife, the painter Louise LeBourgeois, and he teaches in the School of Art at DePaul University.
All works with no collection credit are available for purchase.