Steve Gurysh

Associate Professor
Primary office:
Chalmers Hall


Steve Gurysh is an artist who works fluidly between sculpture, time-based media, and site-specific gestures to explore environmental systems, machinic behavior, and geological contexts. His project-based works often compress expansive narratives into potent experiences containing wild materialities and speculative relationships to time. His practice is also uniquely dialogic and is often developed in correspondence with scientists, engineers, other artists, and non-human participants.

He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including residencies at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, the WATERSHED+ Dynamic Environment Lab and a fellowship at the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry. He has exhibited works at Contemporary Calgary in Alberta, Canada; the Knockdown Center in Queens, New York; W139, Amsterdam; El Museo de la Ciudad, Quer‌‌étaro, Mexico; La Soci‌ét‌é des Arts Technologiques, Montréal; The Engine Room, Wellington, New Zealand; and in the center of the Allegheny River.

Prior to coming to KU, Gurysh was an Adjunct Professor and Sculpture Technician in the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA.

Selected Work

Selected Presentations

Solo / Collaborative Exhibitions
2019 Parts Per Trillion, multiple sites, City of Calgary Public Art Program , Calgary, Canada (2016-2019)
2017 Logistics , in collaboration with personnel from the Manchester Central Store and Logistics Centre, City of
Calgary Public Art Program, Calgary, Canada
2015 The Radiant (with Craig Fahner), 8eleven , Toronto, Canada
RPM , multiple site temporary public artwork w/ Institute for New Feeling, Open Engagement , Pittsburgh, PA
2013 The Long Cloud, Engine Room , Wellington, New Zealand
To the Source (with William Lamson) , 1708 Gallery , Richmond, VA
The Sycamore Colony, temporary public artwork with Erin Womack, Sycamore Island, Pittsburgh, PA
2012 How to improve the world , (with Craig Fahner), Fe Gallery , Pittsburgh, PA
Azimuth ( with Luke Loeffler) , temporary public artwork, VIA Festival , Pittsburgh, PA
2006 Trammel Drawings , EM Gallery , Winston-Salem, NC
Stems, Philip Hanes Gallery , Winston - Salem, NC

Selected Group Exhibitions
2019 Dynamic Environment, Contemporary Calgary , Calgary, Canada
STUDIO for Creative Inquiry: A Retrospective, Miller Institute for Contemporary Art , Pittsburgh, PA
Open Studios, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts , Omaha, NE
2018 Event Horizon , SPACE , Pittsburgh, PA
Member Exhibition , 3577 Studios , Pittsburgh, PA
2017 Cabinet , David B Smith Gallery , Denver, CO
2016 Event Horizon , Knockdown Center, Queens, NY
Gym of Obsolete Technology , W139 , Amsterdam, Netherlands
John Reigert , SPACE , Pittsburgh, PA
Felt Book , Human Resources , Los Angeles, CA
2015 An Earthquake at the Racetracks , Museo de la Ciudad , Santiago de Querétaro, Mexico
How to Water , Eastside International , Los Angeles, CA
Felt Book , Spaces , Cleveland, OH
UNSEEN / UNHEARD , Three Rivers Arts Festival , Pittsburgh, PA
2015 Winter Shack , Winter Shack , Brooklyn, NY
2014 Pittsburgh Biennial , Pittsburgh Center for the Arts , Pittsburgh, PA
2013 International Video Art Festival , Camagüey, Cuba
Basement Miracle , Miller Gallery , Pittsburgh, PA
Metaphysical Interventions , Neiman Gallery , Columbia University, New York
2012 Ignition , Fuse Factory , Columbus OH
Wild Black Yonder, Future Tenant , Pittsburgh, PA
Journal of the Plague Year , Ellis Gallery , Pittsburgh, PA


Selected Awards & Honors

2016 Project Stream Grant, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council
Emergency Grant, Foundation For Contemporary Arts , New York
2015 Fund for Art at the Frontier, The Frank-Ratchye STUDIO For Creative Inquiry , CMU, Pittsburgh
Project Stream Grant, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council
Discretionary Grant for Rivers, A.W. Mellon Education & Charitable Trust Fund, Pittsburgh Foundation
2014 Project Stream Grant, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council
Fund for Art at the Frontier, The Frank-Ratchye STUDIO For Creative Inquiry, CMU, Pittsburgh
Creative Development Grant, The Heinz Endowment and The Pittsburgh Foundation
2013 Professional Development Fellowship, College Art Association , New York City
2012 Artist Opportunity Grant, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council
Seed Award, The Sprout Fund, Pittsburgh
2011 David E. Davis Award, The Sculpture Center , Cleveland, OH

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