Steven Baris was born in Aberdeen Washington and grew up on various Indian reservations in Northern California, Montana, and Washington State. He received a B.A. from The Evergreen State College and a MFA from the Tyler School of Art. He lives and teaches art in the Philadelphia area.



Tyler School of Art, MFA, 1985
Philadelphia, PA

The Evergreen State College, BA, 1978
Olympia, WA

Instituto Allende, 1975
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico


Selected Solo Exhibitions

dm contemporary NYC, Mobility of Frames, May/June, 2017, New York, NY

Space Gallery, Solo Exhibition, May/June, 2016, Denver, CO

Boeckercontemporary, DRIFT, 2016, Heidelberg, Germany

Pentimenti Gallery, The Smoothest of All Possible Space, Sept/Oct, 2015, Philadephia, PA

dm contemporary NYC, Geometries of Flow, Spring, 2014, New York, NY

Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Solo Exhibition, Summer-Fall, 2013, Wilmington, DE

Pentimenti Gallery, November/December 2012, Philadelphia, PA

Abington Art Center, SOLO SERIES, Autumn, 2010, Abington, PA

Pentimenti Gallery, URBAN COMPRESSION, November/December, 2008, Philadelphia, PA

Pentimenti Gallery, THE CORRECT DISTANCE, April/May, 2006, Philadelphia, PA

Schmidt/Dean Gallery, RECENT WORKS, April, 2004, Philadelphia, PA

Jeffrey Coploff Fine Arts, November/December, 2003, New York, NY

364 Hayes Street, April 2003, San Francisco, CA

Jeffrey Coploff Fine Arts, January, 2002, New York, NY

Schmidt/Dean Gallery, December, 2001, Philadelphia, PA

Butters Gallery, March 2000, Portland, OR

Schmidt/Dean Gallery, September, 1998, Philadelphia, PA

University of Virginia, March, 1997, Charlottesville, VA

Schmidt/Dean Gallery, January, 1996, Philadelphia, PA

Paul Cava Gallery, November, 1992, Philadelphia, PA

Paul Cava Gallery, June, 1990, Philadelphia, PA

Paul Cava Gallery, January, 1988, Philadelphia, PA

Grande Masse des Beaux-Arts, June, 1986, Paris, France

Gallerie Taub, 1985, Philadelphia, PA

Stonepress Gallery, 1984, Seattle, WA


Selected Group Exhibitions

Tremenheere Gallery, GROUP EXHIBITION, February, 2018, Penzance Cornwall England

Pentimenti Gallery, THE ENDURING REASONS WHY, September/October, Philadelphia, PA

Mercer Gallery, Monroe Community College, MEDITATIONS ON MAPPING, Sept, Rochester, NY

Ely Center of Contemporary Art, MANIAC EPISODE 5, September/October, 2017, New Haven, CT

Space Gallery, FIVE PERSON EXHIBITION, August/September, 2017, Denver, CO

Transmitter, GROUP EXHIBITION, Winter, 2017, Brooklyn, NY

Mount Airy Contemporary, THREE PERSON SHOW, Spring, 2017 Philadelphia, PA

DM Contemporary: NYC, Indian SUMMER SHOW, 2016, New York, NY

Pentimenti Gallery, SUMMER FLASH, summer, 2016, Philadelphia, PA

Mirta Demare International Visual Art , ABSTRACT STRATEGIES, 2015, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Martina Kaiser Cologne Contemporary Art, ABSTRACT STRATEGIES, 2015, Cologne, Germany

Poiesis Spec, ABSTRACT STRATEGIES, 2015, Berlin, Germany

Central Booking, GOING BIG, 2015, New York, NY

dm contemporary: NYC, SUMMER SHOW, 2015, New York, NY

Pentimenti Gallery, SUMMER CURRENTS, summer, 2015, Philadelphia, PA

dm contemporary: NYC, THEN AND NOW, 2014, New York, NY

Pentimenti Gallery, Territory of Abstraction, March, 2015, Philadelphia, PA

ODETTA Gallery, SPATIAL INTELLIGENCE (3 person), 2014, Brooklyn, NY

Gallerie Schutte, November, 2014, Dusseldorf, Germany

Visual Arts Center of New Jersey , DOPPLER, September 2014 - January 2015, Summit, New Jersey

T.A.S., MANIAC EPISODE 4: GRONINGEN, December 2013, Groningen, Netherlands

Atelierhof Kreuzberg, REPETITIVE PATTERN PHOBIA, October 2013, Berlin, Germany


Parallel Art Space, DOPPLER, July 2013, Brooklyn, NY

DM Contemporary NYC, SUBURBIA REVISITED, (3 Person Exhibition) February-April 2013, New York, NY

Cheryl Hazan Contemporary Art, ON THE EDGE, January/February 2013, New York, NY

Pentimenti Gallery, 20 IN 2012 VISION, September 2012, Philadelphia, PA

Kunstlerhaus Dosenfabrik, MANIAC EPISODE 3: Hamburg, September 2012, Hamburg, Germany

Doppler Stop, TRAVELING EXHBITION, May-June 2012, Amsterdam, Berlin, Zagreb

DM Contemporary NYC, SUMMER SHOW, June 2012, New York, NY

DM Contemporary NYC, LUSH GEOMETRY, APRIL-June 2012, New York, NY

Woodmere Art Museum, ELEMENTAL, January-March 2012, Philadelphia, PA.

Brickhouse Art Gallery, MANIAC: MANIC EPISODE, June, 2011, Sacramento, CA.

Countune International Internet Social Art Project, Developed and Curated by Gerd Jansen, (Based in Germany)

Crane Arts Building | Ice Box Project Space, TYLER ALUMNI SERIES: 2011 (Robert Storr, Curator), April, 2011, Philadelphia, PA

William Penn Foundation, 2010-2013, 100 North 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA

Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, SPECTRUM, Spring, 2010, Wilmington, DE

Geoffrey Young Gallery, GARISH, June, 2009, Great Barrington, MA

Aqua Art Miami (Aqua Wynwood), December, 2008, Miami, FL

Crane Arts Building, VICTORY FOR TYLER: PAINTING 2007, spring, 2007, Philadelphia, PA

Rice/Polak Gallery, THREE PERSON EXHIBITION, August, 2007, Province Town, MA

Michael Gibson Gallery, STRIPES CHECKS BALANCES, September, 2006, London. Ontario

Pentimenti Gallery, TAKE OUT, June, 2006, Philadelphia, PA

AAF, June, 2006, New York, NY

Gallery Siano, ORDER(ED), May, 2006, Philqadelphia, PA

Schedlar/Minchin Fine Art, CONTOUR: THE DEFINITIVE LINE, June, 2006, Birmingham, AL...curatorial essay

AAF, October, 2005, New York, NY

Art Forum Ute Barth, CRISS CROSS, June, 2005, Zurich, Switzerland

Levy Gallery at Moore College of Art, SELECTIONS, summer, 2004, Philadelphia, PA

Mpercent Gallery, MORE, April, 2003, Cleveland, OH

Nexus/Foundation for Today’s Art, FROM THAT TO THIS: ARTISTS’ INSPIRATIONS,

curated by Julie Courtney, January, 2003, Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art, PURE, summer, 2002, Philadelphia, PA

Jeffrey Coploff Fine Arts, BOLD, June, 2002, New York, NY

BGH Gallery, GROUP EXHIBITION, May, 2000, Santa Monica, CA

Margaret Thatcher Projects, THREE PERSON EXHIBITION, December, 2000, New York, NY

Jeffrey Coploff Fine Arts, SELECTIONS, October, 1999, New York, NY

Jeffrey Coploff Fine Arts, SMALL, December, 1998, New York, NY

Margaret Thatcher Projects, GROUP EXHIBITION, July, 1998, New York, NY

Philadelphia Art Alliance, STRATEGIES IN ABSTRACTION, December, 1997, Philadelphia, PA

The Galleries at Moore College of Art and Design, AN EXTENDED VIEW:


Philadelphia Art Alliance, 2 UP, January-March, 1996, Philadelphia, PA

Kutztown University, DRAWING 94: EXPLORATIONS, October, 1994, Kutztown, PA

Paul Cava Gallery, GROUP EXHIBITION, May-June, 1994, Philadelphia, PA

Long Island University, CURRENTS IN ABSTRACTION, March, 1989, New York, NY

Carnegie Mellon University Art Gallery, PERSPECTIVES FROM PENNSYLVANIA,
April, 1998, Pittsburgh, PA


The Drawing Center, SELECTIONS 33, March, 1986, New York, NY

Galleria Temple, FOUR PERSON EXHIBITION, March 1984, Rome, Italy


Selected Bibliography

The Review Panel: Pennsylvania Academy of Art, Philadelphia, PA, October 7, 2015

Ignacio Villarreal,, Exhibition of mixed media works by Steven Baris on view at Pentimenti Gallery, September, 2015

Hannah Yudkin, Hyperallergic, Artists Find Common Ground In Language of Abstraction, March 4, 2015

Joanne Matera, Art Blog, Walking Through “abstraction” at Pentimenti, February 25, 2015

James Panero...The New Criterion, Critic's Notebook, April 28, 2014

Stephen Maine...Catalogue Essay: Exhibition at dm contemporary, NYC, NY, 2014

Richard Benari & Lauren Henkin...Tilted Arc (Online Publication), Backstory , Dec.7, 2013

Edith Newhall... Philadelphia Inquirer, August, 2013

Catalogue for Maniac: Manic Episode 2, Essay by Thyrza Nichols Goodeve, Spring 2011

Victoria Donohoe...Philadelphia Inquirer, Wilmington Wonder, Part 1, July 23, 2010

Libby Rosof...Art Blog, November 11, 2008

Anne R. Fabri...Broad Street Review, November, 22, 2008

Victoria Donohoe...Philadelphia Inquirer, November 21, 2008

Edith Newhall...Philadelphia Inquirer, May, 2006

Libby Rosof...Art Blog, May 5, 2006

Philadelphia Inquirer: Home & Design...Editor’s Pick...May, 2006

R.B., First Friday Focus, May 19, 2006

Libby Rosof...Art Blog, ORDER(ED), May 5, 2006

Krystyna Warchol...Whos’s On First (Friday), Key to Philadelphia, May 1-14, 2006

Roberta Fallon...Philadelphia Weekly, Young at Art, June 30, 2004

Roberta Fallon...Philadelphia Weekly, Sketches, April 21, 2004

Edward J. Sozanski...Philadelphia Inquirer, On Galleries, April 23, 2004

Celeste Starita...Center City’s Weekly Press, This Week in the Arts, May 5, 2004

Frank Smigiel...Catalogue Essay: Exhibition at Jeffrey Coploff Fine Art, New York, NY, 2003

Lily Faust...The New York Art World, February, 2002

Abstract Art Online, Gallery Views/Chelsea, January 26, 2002

Roberta Fallon...Philadelphia Weekly, Sketches, January 2, 2002

Edward J. Sozanski...Philadelphia Inquirer, On Galleries, June 21, 2002

Gerard Brown...Philadelphia Weekly, You Have to Be There, May 26, 1999

New American Paintings #2, Open Studio’s Press, Spring 1999

Robin Rice, The Sun’ll Cross 17th Street Tomorrow... Philadelphia City Paper, July 9-16, 1998

Edward J. Sozanski...Philadelphia Inquirer, On Galleries, January 2, 1998

Jeanne Nugent...Philadelphia Weekly, Room for a View, June 4, 1997

Robin Rice...Philadelphia City Paper, Familiar Territory, July 17, 1997

Ruth Latter...The Daily Progress, Language of Color Stretches from Rome to the Reservation,
Charlottesville, VA, March 20, 1997

Bill Scott...Art in America, Review of Exhibitions, September, 1996

Rita Rosen...The Jewish Exponent, Sketches: The Art World, Philadelphia, January 18, 1996

Edward J. Sozanski...Philadelphia Inquirer, On Galleries, February 9, 1996

Edward J. Sozanski...Philadelphia Inquirer, On Galleries, November 27, 1992

Edward J. Sozanski...Philadelphia Inquirer, On Galleries, January 14, 1988

Edward J. Sozanski...Philadelphia Inquirer, On Galleries, January, 1986

Colorprint USA, (catalogue), Texas Tech. University, Lubbock, TX, 1983


Selected Grants & Awards

Pollock-Krasner Grant, 2013

Bertha C. Arnold Smith Trustees Award. 2008

Agnes and Sophie Dallas Irwin Memorial Fund, Travel Grant, 2006

PEW Fellowships in the Arts, Finalist, 1997

Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Fellowship, 1995

Tyler School of Art, Teaching Assistant, 1983-85

Purchase Prize: Outstanding Merit, Colorprint USA, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, 1983


Selected Collections

Temple University

Canon USA

The Glenmede Trust Company

Liberty Properties

Coventry First Insurance Company

Prudential Insurance Company

Progressive Insurance Company

Wilmington Trust

Rosenbluth Travel Inc.

Thomas Properties

Philadelphia Energy Solutions

Texas Tech University

Polsinelli Shughart Pc.

Hay Group

Iroko Pharmaceuticals, LLC

Statoll Hydro

Work included in numerous private collections in North America, Europe and Australia