Stephen H. Pevnick
MFA (multi-media/sculpture) Washington University, St. Louis
BA (design) Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
Sum Total Faculty Exhibition 2009
Stephen Pevnick, Professor, received his BA degree in Design from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1968. His early work experience prior to receiving his BA degree was in the office of R. Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller in Carbondale, Illinois. After receiving his BA he worked at McDonnell Douglas Aircraft, CEMREL and Obata Studios, in St. Louis, Missouri. He earned his MFA degree in Multimedia from Washington University in St. Louis in 1972 and then taught sculpture at the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa until he moved to Wisconsin in 1978, where he is currently teaching at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. He is the recipient of a Wisconsin Arts Board grant and two, Design Arts, National Endowment for the Arts Grants.
Stephen’s research has centered around computer controlled fountains in exhibits and permanent installations. The first Graphical Waterfall®, initially called the Rainfall Project, ran at USF in 1977. In 1983 he received one of ten national “Design Excellence” awards from the Industrial Designer’s Society of America for this technology. Over 90 exhibitions have been in national and international special events, trade exhibits, marketing meetings and interior and exterior architectural projects.
The Graphical Waterfall®, when installed in a large public venue blurs the boundaries between Art and Design. His work in international special events, trade shows and marketing meetings brings to fruition his interest in nontraditional venues. There have been 3 permanent installations with a third scheduled for the Fall of 2011.