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Hostetter Arts Center Gallery

Current Show: "Endless Second Chances" by Joanne Steinhardt ’84

In her work, Steinhardt contemplates the idea of “second chances.” She writes, “I believe in second chances. My work offers second chances to pushed-aside materials and objects, bearing witness to that which is useless, invisible, or for those who cannot come forward for themselves. My own loss and trauma draw me to this practice and these materials. The theft of a body of work in 2019 emotionally crippled me for a time. As I emerged in 2021 I found solace in not only resurrecting objects from the past but seriously addressing my own history in an open and honest manner. I resonate with these pushed aside and discarded items because I understand useless; a creator without creations, in the end stages of early onset menopause, addressing long-term unresolved damage. They are me, but they are also a bit of everyone who has struggled."

Steinhardt continues, "Each piece begins with reclaimed objects that are no longer useful for their intended purpose, discarded or buried in deep corners of closets and storage units. Presented as sculptural mixed media, each one is driven by the nature of its source material. I join each item’s history with a new future. By altering these objects, I retell their story. Discarded bed linens, pillowcases, rags, and dish towels, for example, are morphed into large scale pieces. The hand embroidery harkens to the history of women’s work."

Steinhardt holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Maine College of Art and a Bachelor of Science in Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology School of Photographic Arts and Sciences. Steinhardt's work has been exhibited at Les Moulins Gallery, Boissy-le-Châtel, France, El Barrio ArtSpace, The Equity Gallery, Carter Burden, Artsy, The Shim Network (New York) and The Tampa Museum of Art, Polk County Museum, and Covivant Gallery (Florida). She has lectured and led workshops at numerous institutions around the US and abroad, including New York University Tisch ITP, Parsons, The Garden School, The Pingry School, Harrison School for the Arts, and La Biennale del fin del Mundo in Ushuaia, Argentina. Before relocating home to NYC, Steinhardt achieved tenure in both the Art and Communication Departments at the University of Tampa where she conceived a multidisciplinary Electronic Media Art and Technology Program designed to support those interested in a self-directed academic Major combining art, communication, English, music, computer information systems, and entrepreneurship. Steinhardt lives and works in the metro New York Area.

Painting of a woman with eyes closed
Poster for the Hostetter Arts Gallery Haunted Terrain Exhibit
Sculptures by Jamie Levine
Poster for the Sarah Kurz Virtual Art Gallery
Metallic sculptural art piece and abstract black and red art piece.
Statue from the Haunted Terrain Exhibit
Student photography on display.
Compilation of photos of Pingry visual arts faculty
Poster of Peter Delman's art show in the Hostetter Art Gallery
23rd annual student photo exhibit poster
Rich Freiwald's Exhibit in the Hostetter Art Gallery: Just Clay
Alumni art exhibition poster for Hostetter Art Gallery of MJ Tyson '04 and Dwight Hiscano '80.
Peter Delman's painting of a woman painted in blue with other women standing behind her painted in red

Past Exhibitions

Painting of a woman with eyes closed
Poster for the Hostetter Arts Gallery Haunted Terrain Exhibit
Sculptures by Jamie Levine
Poster for the Sarah Kurz Virtual Art Gallery
Metallic sculptural art piece and abstract black and red art piece.
Statue from the Haunted Terrain Exhibit
Student photography on display.
Compilation of photos of Pingry visual arts faculty
Poster of Peter Delman's art show in the Hostetter Art Gallery
23rd annual student photo exhibit poster
Rich Freiwald's Exhibit in the Hostetter Art Gallery: Just Clay
Alumni art exhibition poster for Hostetter Art Gallery of MJ Tyson '04 and Dwight Hiscano '80.
Peter Delman's painting of a woman painted in blue with other women standing behind her painted in red

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