Steve Tobin


Sculptor Steve Tobin, who has been referred to by art critics as a visual philosopher, is based in Coopersburg, Pennsylvania. He holds a B.S. in mathematics from Tulane University and has worked in various media throughout his career. His vast repertoire includes works in glass, clay, bronze, and steel. Tobin’s work often explores natural forms, and the artist cites nature as his earliest influence – one that continues to inform his work. Tobin is known for turning aspects of nature into sculpture.

His work has been shown internationally at venues including the American Museum of Natural History, the Page Museum/La Brea Tar Pits and Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, Carpe Diem Gallery in Paris, Retretti Art Center in Finland, Gallery 10 in NYC, and Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia.

Solo Exhibitions & Installations

2019          Desert Botanical Gardens and sculpture placement at Phoenix Art Museum.                   Visiting artist at ASU School of Ceramics.

2018          Allentown Museum of Art outdoor solo exhibition                   Exposed Roots at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, Vail, CO,                   traveling exhibition that originated at the USBG in 2015

2016-17     Southern Roots year long solo exhibition at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and                    sculpture placement at the Frist Museum of Art, Nashville, TN                    Jing’An Sculpture Park, Sixth Annual Jing’An International Sculpture Project (JISP),                    48 Tobin monumental works sited at various high profile locations around Shanghai

2015          Exposed: The Secret Life of Roots, United States Botanic Garden, Washington D.C.

2014          Vanitas, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona (2014-2015)

                 Out of this World: Works by Steve Tobin, Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, Pennsylvania

2013          Roots on 7, Morrison Gallery, Kent, Connecticut

2012          Steve Tobinʼs Natural History, Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts

                  Aerial Roots, Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, New Jersey

2011          Touching Earth & Sky, Minneapolis Landscape Arboretum, Chaska, Minnesota

2010         Steelroots, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, New York

                 Steelroots, The Morton Arboretum, Lisle, Illinois

                 Steelroots, Allentown Museum, Allentown, Pennsylvania

2009         Steelroots, City of Calgary, Canada; Permanent public installation

                 Steelroots, City of Chicago, Illinois; Public installation

2008         Steelroots, Frost Art Museum, Florida International University; Miami

                 Weeds in the Garden, Fordhook Farms/Burpee Seed Gardens; Doylestown, Pennsylvania

                 Steelroots, Kouros Gallery; New York, New York

2007         Steelroots, “40 Years of Public Art Anniversary,” City of New York; Dept. of Parks and Recreation, Prospect Park, Brooklyn, catalog

                 Cocoons, Philadelphia International Airport; installation

                 Steelroots, Sculpturesite Gallery, San Francisco, California

2006         Steve Tobin Paintings, OK Harris Gallery; New York, New York

                 Exploded Earth, American Museum of Ceramic Art; Pomona, California

                 Steelroots, Kouros Sculpture Center; Ridgefield, Connecticut

2005         Trinity Root, 9.11 memorial, Wall Street & Broadway; New York, New York permanent

                 Steve Tobin Paintings, The Banana Factory; Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

                 Earth Bronzes and New Nature, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens; Boothbay, Maine

2004         Roots, Laumeier Sculpture Park; St. Louis, Missouri, installation

                 Roots, Lincoln Park; Chicago, Illinois, installation

2003         Lantern House, Portland Museum of Art; Portland, Maine

                 Earth Bronzes, College of the Atlantic; Bar Harbor, Maine

                 Earth Bronzes, Florida International University; Miami, Florida, permanent

2002         Tobinʼs Naked Earth, George C. Page Museum, La Brea Tar Pits; Los Angeles, California (2002-2003)

                 Tobinʼs Naked Earth, Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History; LosAngeles, California (2002-2003)

                 Lantern House, George Eastman House; Rochester, New York

2001         Earth Bronzes, Lehigh University; Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (2001-2003)

                 Earth Bronze Trilogy – Part I, Buschlen-Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

2000         Earth Bronzes, American Museum of Natural History; New York, New York (2000-2001)

                 African Termite Mounds, Montefiore Park; West Harlem, New York (2000-2001)

1999         Cocoons, Corning Museum of Glass, Sculpture Gallery; Corning, New York (1999-2001)

1998         Earth Bronzes, Fuller Museum of Art; Brockton, Massachusets, catalog

                 Earth Bronzes, OK Harris Gallery; New York, New York, catalog

                 Earth Bronzes, artetindustriess; New York, New York, catalog

1997         Broadway River, New York University,Broadway Windows; New York, New York

1996         Matzoh House, Gallery B.A.I.; New York, New York

1995         Steve Tobin: Reconstructions, Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art, Urinus College; Collegeville, Pennsylvania, catalog

                 Peyton Wright Gallery; Santa Fe, New Mexico

                 Bentley Gallery; Scottsdale, Arizona

1994         Sanske Gallery; Zurich, Switzerland

                 Habatat Gallery; Boca Raton, Florida

1993         Steve Tobin at Retretti, Retretti Art Center; Punkaharju, Finland, catalog