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Steed Taylor


Educated at the University of North Carolina, American University and the Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture, Steed Taylor's art practice includes public art projects as well as work for gallery settings. His art has been shown around the country including the Bronx Museum, the Mint Museum, the San Bernardino County Museum, and the Neuberger Museum of Art's 2001 Biennial Exhibition of Public Art. Besides extensive showings in the New York metropolitan area, his solo shows include The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Ambrosino Gallery in Miami and Il Ponte Contemporanea in Rome, Italy. Recent commissions for his public artwork include the cities of Washington, DC, Arlington, VA and New Orleans, LA, the North Carolina Museum of Art, Duke University, Riverside Park in New York City, Florida State University and Columbus College of Art & Design. Recent lectures include the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. His art has been discussed in publications as varied as Art In America to Playboy Magazine.


1981 BA, English and Studio Art, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

1989 MBA, Marketing, American University, Washington, DC

1997 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME


2012 "Greenburger Family Knot" Road Tattoo Commission, Time Equities, Inc., Old Chatham, NY

"Galloon" Road Tattoo Commission, Navy Pier and City of Chicago, Chicago, IL

"The Bridge & The Devil" Road Tattoo Commission, NYC DOT UrbanArt Program, Bronx, NY

2013 Road Tattoo Commission, Garrison Art Center, Town of Garrison & Town of Cold Spring, Garrison & Cold Spring, NY

Road Tattoo Commission, Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, Louisville, KY


2011 "Rosa Rugosa" Road Tattoo, Art Omi & City of Hudson, Hudson, NY

2010"Radiant" Road Tattoo Commission, Prospect 1.5, New Orleans, LA

"Daughters & Sons Knot" Road Tattoo Commission, DC Commission on Arts & Humanities, Washington, DC

"Labor Line" Road Tattoo Commission, Crystal City District Business Improvement District, Arlington, VA

"Community Knot" Road Tattoo Commission, Valley Arts Council, West Orange, NJ

"Road Tattoo Study in Three Windows" Project Space Mixed Greens, New York, NY

"Portrait of a Road Tattoo - Projects by Steed Taylor", Gallery Plan B, Washington, DC

2009“Votive” Editions Fawbush, New York, NY

2008“Invasive“ Road Tattoo Commission, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC

“Broken Chain” Road Tattoo Commission, Mesa Art Center, Mesa, AZ

“Mentors Mark Documentation” Project Space Schroeder Romaro Gallery, New York, NY

2007 “Indigenous” Road Tattoo Commission, Nasher Museum/Duke University, Durham, NC

Mentors Mark” Road Tattoo Commission, York College/CUNY, Queens, NY

2006My Tribe” Road Tattoo Commission, Florida State University, Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee, FL

Studio in the Park, “Messenger” Road Tattoo Commission, Riverside Park, New York, NY

2005 “Red Scare Knot” Road Tattoo Commission, Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack, NY

“Hurricane Charm” Road Tattoo Commission, Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach. FL

2004In CountryAmbrosino Gallery, Miami, FL

“Survivor’s Knot” Road Tattoo Commission, Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus, Ohio

2003 "Carnal Bend” Road Tattoo Commission, Artists Space, Puffin Foundation

and Bronx Council on the Arts, Bronx , NY

"Liar's Knot" Road Tattoo Commission, ACA, New Smyrna Beach. FL

2002 "Front Line" Road Tattoo Commission, Islip Art Museum, Islip, NY

2001 "Missing"Ambrosino Gallery, Miami, FL

2000 "Once Removed" Saint Xavier University, Chicago, IL

"Traveling Carnival"Il Ponte Contemporanea, Rome, Italy

1999 "I am the love you have given me" Installation, Art In General, New York, NY

1998 "Once Removed" The University of the Arts, Medick Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

"Once Removed" Henry Street Settlement, Abrams Art Gallery, New York, NY


2012 "3-Fest" River Bend Film Festival, South Bend, IN

"Bookstore" Drift Station, Lincoln, NE

2011 "Residents and Masters" Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL

"5 for 5 on 5" Like The Spice Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

"Open Studios" Art Omi International Artists Residency, Ghent, NY

2010 "Love in Vein: Editions Fawbush projects & artists 2005-2010" Gering & Lopez Gallery, New York, NY

2009 "Seeing as Believing: Phosphene Visions"Axis Gallery Sacramento, CA

2008Dragon Blessings” Road Tattoo Commission Chinese Biennial 2008 Beijing, Beijing, China

“Skin City: The Art of the Tattoo” The Art Center, St. Petersburg, FL

“After Everything: Gay Directions in New Art” Like The Spice Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2007OrnamentBravin Lee Programs, New York, NY

Jamaica Flux 2007“Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, Queens, NY

2006 “Print Zero/Print ExchangeUniversity of Miami, Rainbow Gallery, Coral Gables, FL

“Between Ten” SPIN Gallery, Toronto, Canada

Newburgh Sculpture Project” (Road Tattoo: Hidden Circle) Newburgh, Newburgh, NY

High Roads, Low RoadsFlorida State University, Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee, FL

2005 “Universal LoveNational Library of Columbia, Bogota, Columbia (traveling)

“Inked” SICA (Shore Institute of Contemporary Art), Long Branch, NJ (traveling)

2004draw_drawingLondon Biennale 2004 Gallery 32, London, England

“ 3” Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus, OH

"Identity Crisis”Morehead State University, Morehead, KY

Space Invaders” (Road Tattoo: Survivor’s Knot) Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy, NY

The Peekskill Project” (Road Tattoo: Maxwell’s Mark) Maxwell Fine Arts, Peekskill, NY

The Peekskill Project” (Road Tattoo: Artist’s Knot) Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY

Newburgh Sculpture Project” (Road Tattoo: Survivor’s Knot - for Neil), Newburgh, NY

2003 "DL: Down Low in Contemporary Art” Longwood Art Gallery, Bronx, NY

“Share Your Vision”Artists Space, New York, NY

"The Last Judgment Project" Bumbershoot 2003, Seattle Arts Festival, Seattle, WA

"On and Off the Wall"Phillips, de Pury & Luxembourg, New York, NY

2002 "With and Without You" University of New South Wales Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney, Australia

"Queer Visualities" State University of New York University Art Gallery, Stony Brook, NY

"View" Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, Queens, NY

"Video Positive"Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx , NY

"Weather Report” Montgomery County Gallery for the Arts, Mount Sterling, KY (traveling)

2001 2001 Biennial Exhibition of Public Art, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY


The Bloody Sacrifice by Charlotte Rodgers; 2011 Mandrake Press; London, England; pp 34-39, interview w/photos.

Arts & Understanding "An Artist's Journey, Prolific Artist and Long-Term AIDS Survivor Steed Taylor Opens Up About His Body of Work, and How Spiritually and Helping Others Have Kept Him Alive" by Chip Alfred; March 2011, pp 26-29 w/photos.

Northern Virginia Magazine "Crystal City Tattoo" by Abigail Pazio; January 2011, p9 w/quotes.

Inked Magazine "On The Road, Steed Taylor is a Street Artist, Literally" by Kara Pound; Aug 2010, p14 w/photos.

Playboy Magazine "The New Modern Art, sixartist who take it outside" by Dave Hickey; Jan/Feb 2010, pp146-151 w/photo.

University of Edinburgh, “Blood Ritual as a Devotional Act” by Charlotte Rodgers, Interaction with the Sacred Journal,

Edinburgh SCT 2009, with quotes and images.

The Phillips Collection “Figurative Art Today, Between East and West” with panelist Koan Jeff Baysa, Washington, DC

6/27/2009, with quotes and images.

Chinese Biennial 2008 Beijing edited by Pan Xing Lei and Koan Jeff Baysa, Beijing, China 2009, pp145-146 w/photos.

Jamaica Flux 2007 edited by Heng-Gil Han, Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, New York, NY 2008, pp132-135 w/photos.

Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism "Body of Prayer: An Interview with Steed Taylor"

by Joanna Heatwole, Vol 35, No. 4, Spring 2008, pp10-12 w/photos.

Naestved International Exhibition Catalogue edited by Henning Jensen & Brian Lane, Print Zero Studio, Seattle, WA 2008.

HIV Plus “Art for Everyone, Art Forever” by Benjamin Ryan, Nov/Dec 2008, pp37-41 with photo and quote.

Riverside Park: The Splendid Sliver by Edward Grimm and Peter Schroeder; 2007

Columbia University Press, cover photo of book.

St. Petersburg Times, Latitudes “Self Expression”“ by Sharon K. Wynne, 11/4/07, p6-7L with photo.

The New York Times, Inside Art “In Riverside Park, the Art’s in Bloom“ by Carol Vogel, 5/5/06, pE30.

Time Out New York, Around Town “Natural Resources" by Hilarie M. Sheets, 5/4-10/06, p51 w/quote.

The Wall Street Journal, “The 23-Year-Old Masters “ by Kelly Crow, 4/14/06, pW1, W10 w/quote.

The New York Times, “The Art and Artists of the Year “ by Holland Cotter, 12/28/03, pAR37.

The New York Times, Art in Review “DL: The Down Low in Contemporary Art" by Holland Cotter,

10/24/03, pE35.

Time Out New York, Art Reviews “DL: The Down Low in Contemporary Art" by Franklin Sirmans,

10/30-11/6/03, P49, with photo.

WAD Magazine “Hit the Road Jack!” by Laura Walters, Fall 2003, p78 with photos.

VIBE Magazine “Visualize, Road Less Traveled” by Nicola Vassell, 8/03, pp115-121, with photos.

The New York Times, "Across the Hudson Highlands, Sculptures are Sprouting, Inside and Out" by

Holland Cotter, 7/20/01, pE33.

The New York Times, "A Smaller, More Accessible Biennial" by William Zimmer, 6/24/01, pWE12.



NYFA @ Patron Residency, New York, NY

20th Anniversary Guest Lecturer, Art Omi, Ghent, NY

Artists Residency, Art Omi, Ghent, NY

Board of Directors, Visual AIDS, New York, NY


Curator, HIV Law Project Benefit Silent Auction, New York, NY

Visiting Artist, Coleman Center for the Arts, York, AL

Residence Artist, Central City Artist Project, New Orleans, LA


Guest Lecturer, College of St. Rose, Albany, NY

National Quality Center featured artist;

Panelist, Bank of America “Cross-Affinity Event HIV/AIDS” moderated by Ann Limberg,

Bank of America Tower, New York, NY


NewYork Foundation for the Arts NYFA Fellowship in Sculpture with a special citation as

a Lily Auchincloss Fellow for enhancing the quality of life in New York City

Artist-In-Residence Fellowship, McColl Center, Charlotte, NC

Guest Lecturer, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, NC


Panelist, “Dirrrt on the DL” Longwood Art Gallery, Bronx, NY

Artist-In-Residence Fellowship, Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL

Puffin Foundation Special Projects Fellowship Grant


Guest Lecturer, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

New York Foundation for the Arts NYFA Fellowship in Painting

Artists Space Special Projects Fellowship