James Steg

The late Jim Steg (Feb 6, 1922 - Feb, 19, 2001) was a master printmaker and sculptor working in a diversity of media. His work is included in the permanent collections of more than sixty museums and institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian Institution.

Shadow Box
Lepid Opterous Landscape
    J L Steg, selected Collections...
  • National Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
  • Library of Congress, Washington, DC
  • Fogg Museum, Harvard University, Boston, MA
  • Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
  • New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
  • Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA
  • Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
  • Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
  • Minnesota Museum of American Art
  • Museum of Modem Art, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Roanoke Fine Arts Center, Roanoke, VA
  • Seattle Museum, Seattle, WA
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
  • Bezalel National Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
  • Cleveland Museum of Fine Arts, Cleveland, OH
  • Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AR
  • Montgomery Museum of Art, Montgomery, AL
  • Remington Rand Corporation
  • Pan-American Life Insurance Company, Houston, TX
  • Tampimex Corporation, Houston, TX
  • Rapada Corporation, Houston, TX
  • Also in thirty university collections
    J L Steg, selected Solo Exhibitions
  • IH Gallery at International House, New Orleans, LA
  • Weyhe Gallery, New York, NY
  • Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
  • Davenport Municipal Museum, Davenport, LA
  • Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
  • Associated American Artists, New York, NY
  • New Orleans Museum of Art, "30 Year Retrospective”, New Orleans, LA
  • Cushing Gallery, Dallas, TX
  • Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  • USIA Exhibition, Ankara, Turkey
  • University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS
  • Lauren Roger Gallery, Laurel, MS
  • H. Sophie Newcomb College/Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
  • University of South Florida, Coral Gables, FL
  • World's Fair Expo '84, New Orleans, LA
  • New Orleans Museum of Art, Retrospective Exhibition, New Orleans, LA
  • Marguerite Oestreicher Fine Arts, New Orleans, LA

    J L Steg, selected Group Exhibitions...
  • Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA
  • Library of Congress, Washington, DC
  • International Gravure, Paris, France
  • "Elephant in Art, " Simms Gallery, New Orleans, LA
  • "ISCABULA PHICS, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • "Art for AIDS”, Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA
  • Print Annual, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
  • "Salute to France Exhibition of American Art”, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
  • Print Exchange, Rome Italy
  • USIA Far Eastern Traveling Exhibition of Prints / Paintings
  • Fifth International Color Lithography Exhibition, Cleveland, OH
  • Print Festival, Salzburg, Austria
  • "New Orleans Realist Artists”, Downtown Gallery, New Orleans, LA
  • Drawing Invitational, University of Hawaii, Hilo, HI
  • University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
  • National Convention of Photo Scientists, New Orleans, LA
  • "National Works on Paper”, Bradley University, Peoria, IL
  • "National Works on Paper”, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND
  • "National Works on Paper”, Del Mar College, Del Mar, CA
  • "National Works on Paper”, Auburn University, Auburn, AL
  • Print Club of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
  • New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
  • Weyhe Gallery, New York, NY
  • Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
  • "Contemporary Masters”, Brown University, Providence, RI
  • Northwest Printmakers National, Seattle, WA
  • Society of American Graphic Artists, New York, NY
  • "Prints 1963”, Winthrop University, Winthrop, SC
  • "Ten American Intaglio Printmakers”, Hamburg, Germany
  • "8th Lugano/International Print and Drawing Exhibition”, Lugano, Switzerland
  • USIA Graphic Arts, Moscow, USSR
  • "American Art Today”, World's Fair, New York, NY
  • "Block, Plate, Stone”, Association of American Artists, New York, NY
  • "New Dimensions in Printmaking”, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
  • "50th Anniversary", Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
  • "American Print Exhibition, " MalmöMuseum, Malmö, Sweden
  • "Prints of Two Worlds”, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA and Villa Caproni, Rome, Italy
  • "Contemporary American Prints”, Fenderick Gallery, Washington, DC
  • "Big Prints”, State University of New York, Oswego, NY
  • "American Prints”, Rijksakademie van Beeldende Künsten, Amsterdam, Holland
  • "Photography in Prints”, Association of American Artists, New York, NY
  • "New Approaches to Printmaking”, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
  • "Itag One”, San Fernando State College, San Fernando, CA
  • "Humor in Prints”, Associated American Artists, New York, NY
  • "40 American Prints, " US Cultural Center, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • "Humanism in Art”, City College of New York, Brooklyn, NY
  • "Prints: USA 1974, " University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Cushing Gallery, Dallas, TX
  • Pratt Graphics Center Gallery, New York, NY
  • "Ball State National Drawing/Sculpture Exhibition”, Ball State University, Muncie, IN
  • "Southern Graphics Exchange Exhibition”, Moscow, USSR
  • "Hawaiian National Print Exhibition”, Honolulu, HI
  • "Philadelphia Print Club Traveling Exhibition”, Philadelphia, PA
  • "Oklahoma Art Center National Print and Drawing Exhibition”, Oklahoma City, OK
  • "Abstraction in Louisiana”, Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans, LA
  • "West/80 and the Law”, Smithsonian Institution/Traveling Exhibition Service, Washington, DC
  • "5th Invitational Drawing Exhibition”, Emporia State University, Emporia, KS
  • "Self-Portraits in Prints”, Tahir Gallery, New Orleans, LA
  • H. Sophie Newcomb College/Tulane University
  • "Works on Paper”, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
  • "On, Of, and About Paper”, Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC
  • "Wauhesha National Print and Drawing Exhibition”, University of Wisconsin at Wauhesha
  • "West/81 and the Law”, Smithsonian Institution/Traveling Exhibition Service, Washington, DC
  • Dublin National Print and Drawing, Exhibition, Knoxville, TN
  • "American Drawings II, " Smithsonian Institution/Traveling Exhibition Service, Washington, DC
  • "Galveston Regional Drawing Exhibition”, Galveston, TX
  • "Ball State 27th National Drawing and Small Sculpture Exhibition”, Ball State University, Muncie, IN
  • "American Contemporary Prints, " The Hague, Amsterdam
  • "Art for Arts Sake, " Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans, LA
  • "Printmaking Invitational”, University of New York at Brockport
  • "Victims and Violations, " Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans, LA
  • "Printmakers of the South, " Southern Arts Federation, Atlanta, GA
  • French Consulate, New Orleans, LA
  • "Art Works”, World's Fair Expo '84, New Orleans, LA
  • Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
  • Loyola University, New Orleans, LA
  • "6th Alabama Invitational/Works on Paper”, Auburn University, Auburn, AL
  • "18th Annual Arkansas Art Center Exhibition”, Arkansas Art Center Little Rock, AR
  • "Trenton State National Print Exhibition”, Trenton, NJ
  • "Tabriz Biennial”, Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AR

About The Artist

James L. Steg, Professor of Art for 43 years at Newcomb College of Tulane University, New Orleans LA, explored many techniques in the field of printmaking. He continued experimenting until his death. He pioneered very eccentric media, such as altering Xerox prints with paint and chemicals. Doug MacCash, art critic for The Times-Picayune, stated, "Visiting his studio, you'd see his work was as eccentric as that of any 25 year-old you might visit." His creativity and innovation lasted a lifetime, resulting in his works being included in collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the New York Public Library, plus collections in the New Orleans area.

Mr. Steg was born in 1922 in Alexandria VA, grew up in New York and lived 51 years in New Orleans. He received Master of Fine Arts degree from the State University of Iowa. He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving in a camouflage unit during the D-Day invasion of France.

He was the subject of a 1978 retrospective exhibition at the New Orleans Museum of Art titled, "Thirty Years of J. L. Steg: 1948-78." Mr. Steg received numerous awards for his art, including the Charles Lea Prize from Philadelphia Print Club and award from Lugano, Switzerland, and was named a Printmaker Emeritus by the Southern Graphic Arts Council.


    James L. Steg selected Bibliographies
  • "The Painter and the Photographer," by Van Deren Coke. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press
  • "Etching and Engraving Techniques," by John Buckland-Wright. New York: Dover Publishing Inc.
  • "Printmaking Today," by Jules Hellar. New York: rev. ed. Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, Inc.
  • "Printmaking," by Gabor Peterdi. New York: rev. ed. Macmillan Publishing Company, Inc.
  • "The New Humanism: Art in a Time of Change," by Barry Schwartz. New York: Praeger Publishing Company
  • "The Complete New Techniques in Printmaking," by John Ross and Clare Romano. New York: Free Press
  • "Dictionary of Contemporary American Artists," by Paul Cummings. New York: St. Martin's Press
  • "Who's Who in America," Marquis Publishers.
  • "The Complete Collagraph," by Olave Romano and John Ross. New York: Macmillan Free Press.