Meet the Artist


About the Artist

Steve Horan


Art has always been a part of my life.  As a child I played with my father’s pastels.  He was a  commercial artist who sketched with pastels. As I grew up I won summer art contests all through  grade school.  However, as many young men do I rebelled and wanted nothing to do with art –my father’s profession. So I enrolled in the University of Chicago and got an undergraduate degree in political science.  However, as a graduate student, when I flunked out of the business school, I switched to Art History.

I almost finished my Master’s degree when I was drafted into the Army during the Viet Nam War.  Art saved me from combat duty when the military assigned me to the U. S. Army Exhibit Unit near the Pentagon. There I learned how to silk screen print graphics onto exhibit panels.  Later, I would use this skill to self publish several editions of silk screen prints.  When I was discharged from the Army, I was a graphic designer for awhile with a railroad.  Once I married, I was able to become a full time professional artist –thanks to my wife who was a teacher.

At various times in my life I have tried to avoid art —  to no avail.  My wife, Janet, will testify that during our marriage of about four decades art has kept me sane. Retirement has been a continuation of art in my life which makes me immensely happy.

I hope my audience enjoys my art as much as I enjoy creating it.  Recently, I have been producing paintings using acrylics or pastels.  As a result of living almost my entire life in Chicago, the major portion of my recent work consists of nighttime representations of lights or images of the city.  I am interested in capturing basic geometric relationships and if possible, some of the spiritual impact of urban cityscapes.

When I start creating a new work of art, I begin by recalling a variety of visual images I have stored in my memory.  Some of these memories are very fresh, being images seen only days or weeks before. But some are from my childhood.   I seek to discover in each stored image its essence: qualities that had the power to impress and astonish me when I first saw the image.

During the last thirty years, I have been juried into many national exhibitions and one-man shows and had gallery representation in New York, Chicago and in many other cities.  In addition, agents and publishers of my limited edition serigraphs have sold hundreds of my prints to galleries and collectors.  I have completed works of art for galleries, corporations and private collectors as far away as Canberra, Australia, where William Pei & Associates, architects, selected a suite of my limited edition prints for installation in a hotel they designed.



Steve’s Resume


Art by Steve Horan     |     |  28 Elizabeth Drive, Bella Vista , Arkansas 72715    |    | 479-855-1204


Allerton Hotel, Chicago, IL blue-dot Johnson and Johnson, Racine, WI blue-dot American Hospital Association blue-dot Lakepoint Towers, Chicago, IL blue-dot American Telephone and Telegraph blue-dot Marshall Field and Co., Chicago, IL blue-dot Amoco Oil blue-dot Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN blue-dot Borg-Warner blue-dot McDonalds Corp. Hdqtrs, Oakbrook, IL blue-dot Chicago Board of Options Exchange blue-dot Montgomery Wards blue-dot Chicago Realtors Association  blue-dot A.C. Nielson, Northbrook, IL blue-dot Chicago White Metal Company blue-dot Peat, Marwick & Mitchell blue-dot City of Chicago, Dept. Urban Planningblue-dot William Pei &Associates, Canberra blue-dot Continental Illinois Bank  blue-dot Pillsbury blue-dot Cummins Dieselblue-dot Playboy blue-dot Detroit Renaissance Center blue-dot Pullman Standard blue-dot Encyclopedia Britannica blue-dot Schiff, Hardin & Waite blue-dot First National Bank of Glenview blue-dot Sears blue-dot Florsheim Shoe Company blue-dot S.E. Banking Corp., Winter Park, FL blue-dot Ford Motor Company, Atlanta blue-dot Town & Country Bank, Newport, MN blue-dot General Motors, Detroit, MI blue-dot UIDC Management, Chicago, IL blue-dot Gould, Oakbrook, IL blue-dot U.S. Federal District Court, Chicago, IL blue-dot GTE of Indiana, Ft. Wayne blue-dot U.S. Post Office, San Francisco blue-dot Holiday Inns, Duluth, MN blue-dot University of Illinois Research Hospital blue-dot IBM, Woodstock, NY blue-dot Liver Transplant Ward, Chicago, IL blue-dot J. Walter Thompson Advertising, NYC


Laughlin House BB Gift Shop, Bentonville, AR blue-dot Wishing Spring Gallery, Bella Vista, AR blue-dot Fred Dorfman, Art Publisher, New York City, NY  blue-dot Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago, IL blue-dot Art Institute of Chicago Art Rental and Sales Gallery, Chicago, IL  blue-dot  Neville-Sargent Gallery, Chicago, IL blue-dot  Fine Art Editions, Miami, FL blue-dot Joy Horwich Gallery, Chicago, IL blue-dot  Collector’s Showroom, Chicago, IL blue-dot Thomas Merritt 124 Studio, Bentonville, AR blue-dot Poor Richards Art Gallery, Rogers, AR  blue-dot Greg Copeland, Inc., Art Publisher Newark, NJ blue-dot Prajna Gallery, Saugatuck, MI  blue-dot Peoria Art Guild Art Rental and Sales Gallery, Peoria, IL   blue-dot Keyes Gallery, Springfield, MO blue-dot Button-Petter Gallery, Douglas, MI blue-dot Xanadu Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ


April 2019 Bella Vista Arts Council and Wishing Spring Gallery Artist of the Month, Bella Vista, AR blue-dot October 2018 Center for Art and Education, Van Buren, AR blue-dotMay 2018 Midtown Gallery, Bentonville, AR blue-dot 2012 Thomas Merritt 124 Studio, Bentonville, AR blue-dot 2010 Arts Center of the Ozarks, Springdale, AR blue-dot 2010 One-Man Show, 75th Street Gallery, Prairie Village, KS blue-dot 2009 One-Man Show, Wishing Springs Gallery Studio, Bella Vista, AR blue-dot 2007 One-Man Show, Keyes Gallery, Springfield, MO blue-dot 2006 One-Man Show, Julie Wait Designs, Rogers, AR blue-dot 1979 Neville Sargent Gallery, Evanston, IL blue-dot 1974 Illinois Institute of Technology, Herman Hall, Chicago, IL blue-dot 1974 Northern Indiana Art Association, Hammond, IN blue-dot 1974 Illinois Arts Council, Chicago, IL


2012 15th Annual International Society of Acrylic Painters, Peso Robles, CA blue-dot 2012 57th Stockton Art League Exhibition at the Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA blue-dot 2011 65th Annual International Exhibition, Pittsburg Watercolor Society, Pittsburgh, PA blue-dot 2010 53rd Annual Delta, Exhibition, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR blue-dot 2010 25th Texas & Neighbors Regional Art Exhibition, Irving Arts Center, Irving, TX blue-dot 2010 45th Central South Art Exhibition, Tennessee Art League, Nashville, TN blue-dot 2009 Irene B. French Gallery, Merriam, KS blue-dot  2008  “Reconstructing Art Walk”, Regional Show, Crystal Bridges at the Massey, Bentonville, AR blue-dot 2008 Pastel National 2008 Show, Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita, KS  blue-dot 2007 54th Annual Show of the National Society of Painters in Casein/Acrylic, NYC blue-dot 2007 Art Expo Show, Boi Du Ouro Restaurant, Fayetteville, AR blue-dot 2006 Vineyard Restaurant, Bentonville, AR blue-dot 2006 MOAK 4 State Regional Exhibition 2006, Springfield, MO blue-dot 2006  “Strange Cities: the Unique and the Unusual in the Urban Landscape” , Gallery 27+, NYC blue-dot 2005 Arkansas Pastel Society National Exhibition, Little Rock, AR blue-dot 2005 Ozark Pastel Society Member Show, ACO, Springdale, AR blue-dot 2005 ArtVisions 2005 Member  Show, Village Art Club, Bella Vista, AR blue-dot 2005 Fusion Gallery, Bentonville, AR blue-dot 2004 Ozark Pastel Society Member Show, Philbrook Museum, Tulsa, OK blue-dot  2004 Ozark Pastel Society Member Show, Ft. Smith Art Center, Ft. Smith, AR blue-dot 2005 Artists of Northwest Arkansas Member Show, Sager Creek Art Center, Siloam Springs, AR blue-dot 2002     Contemporary Art of Chicago, The Chicago Athenaeum, Schaumburg, IL blue-dot 2001 One of a Kind Show, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL blue-dot 1995 9th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Midwest Pastel Society, Chicago, IL blue-dot 1994  8th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Midwest Pastel  Society, Chicago, IL blue-dot 1993  Midwest Pastel Society Members Show, Chicago, IL


Bella Vista Art Club blue-dot Signature Member of the International Society of Acrylic Painters

Acrylic Paintings, Pastel Paintings, and Silkscreen Prints

 Art Scene Chicago 2000 by Ivy Sundell  blue-dot International Contemporary Artist, Vol.III 2014 by ICA Publishing

University of Chicago – College and Department of Art History blue-dot Awarded European Fellowship


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