BiographyKenneth Steinbach is an artist, teacher, researcher, and author. In 2012 he created Creative Practices, a class designed to address the challenges created for contemporary artists by the dramatic curricular changes in K-12 education, the influence of digital media and platforms, and rising college costs. Previous to his current appointment at Bethel University, Kenneth taught studio and art history classes at Northwestern College, where he also founded and managed the Denler Art Gallery.
About this project he states: “I have always been a dualist in my practice, finding not only an energy in both making and teaching of art, but a symbiosis between them. Writing this book was the happy joining of both of these passions, allowing me to speak from the perspective of a maker, and my 24 year history as a mentor/teacher to younger artists.”
Recent achievements include a Bethel University Edgren Scholars Research Grant, a Bethel University Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, the 2014 Arlin G. Meyer Award in Visual Arts from the Lilly Fellows Foundation, and the 2015 Schoenhals Scholar Presentation at Greenville College. Multiple grants from the Minnesota State Arts board and Bethel University have supported my artwork and research into artistic practice over the last several years. Exhibits during that time include the Blue Star Museum, Trykkeriet Print Center in Bergen, Norway, Circa Gallery in Minneapolis, and The Soap Factory.
His artistic practice over the past several years has focused on explorations into the history of failed and discarded paper currencies, turning imagery extrapolated from these currencies into large field drawings, installations, and prints.
Kenneth lives in Shoreview, Minnesota with his wife Kari, a theater director. Personal interests include international travel, and solo camping in isolated regions of Ontario.