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Steven Scardina

A native of Chicago, Steven Scardina began his career in photography in 1993 working in a commercial photography studio. He began his independent study of the cities of Eastern Europe shortly thereafter and traveled there regularly to capture imagery of architectural details and vistas, focusing on the great cities of Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Poland. These black and white images demonstrate a keen skill in silver gelatin printmaking, an increasingly rare medium as the digital age advances. His photographs have been widely exhibited and published.Scardina draws creative inspiration from many painters and photographers, in particular classic oil paintings by the Dutch masters and the work of the great pictorial photographers Alvin Langdon Coburn and Clarence Hudson White. His images offer a distinct style of impressionistic documentation. D.K. Row, art critic for The Oregonian, wrote: “unnaturally looming shadows and spectral light… pervade his photographs. Imagine the hand of God interceding, and you get the picture.”In recent years, Scardina has worked on numerous fine art commissions, bringing his artistic vision to documentations of places near and far. Several commissions for religious institutions have taken him to France. In 2003, he documented places of significance in the life of Venerable Basil Anthony Moreau, founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross. He also captured a suite of photographs of places significant to Fr. Jacques Dujarié, founder of the Sisters of Providence of Ruillé and the Brothers of St. Joseph. DePaul University engaged Scardina for a multi-year study of Vincentian heritage locations to help articulate the life of St. Vincent DePaul. Additionally, Scardina recently traveled to Inverness, Scotland to document Kilmartin Hall in Glen Urquart and Palazzo Salvi in Barga, Italy for a private collector and rendered photographs for a new wine label for Ponzi Vineyards in Dundee, Oregon.Scardina is a founding member of PhotoForce, a collaborative group of five photographers in Portland who help non-profit organizations tell their story in new ways. In 2010, PhotoForce documented the cycle of food from farm to table for the Oregon Food Bank.

Exhibition HistorySolo Shows

"Celebrating a Saint," University of Notre Dame, 2011

“The Spirit of Holy Cross,” University of Notre Dame, 2007

“Photographs of Eastern Europe,” Karpeles Museum, Tacoma, WA: July-Sept. 2003

“Travelogue: Images of France,” Brian Marki Fine Art, Portland, OR: Dec. 2003

“The Spirit of Holy Cross,” Buckley Center Gallery, University of Portland: Sept. 2003

“Impressions of Central Europe,” Brian Marki Fine Art, Portland, OR: Nov. 2002

“Impressions of Central Europe,” Collective Incorporated, Portland, OR: Oct. 2002

“Travelogue,” Brian Marki Fine Art, Portland, OR: Nov. 2001

“Travelogue,” Brian Marki Fine Art, Portland, OR: Oct. 2000

“Vistas,” Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, Portland, OR: Sept. 2000

“New Work,” Buckley Center Gallery, University of Portland, OR: Sept. 1999

“Czech Vistas,” Brian Marki Fine Art, Portland, OR: May 1999

“New Work,” Benham Gallery, Seattle, WA: Dec. 1997

“Photographs,” Brian Marki Fine Art, Portland, OR: July 1997

“New Work,” Brian Marki Fine Art, Portland, OR: June 1996

Group Shows

  • “Setting the Table,” PhotoForce benefit for the Oregon Food Bank, 2010
  • “Industry,” Mark Wooley Gallery, Portland, OR: 2003
  • Monique Goldstrom Gallery, New York, NY: Oct. 2001
  • “Group Show,” Sonoma Museum of Visual Art, Sonoma, CA: March 2000
  • Cascade Aids Art Exhibition, Portland, OR: 1997
  • Cascade Aids Art Exhibition, Portland, OR: 1996
  • “Street Scenes,” Benham Gallery, Seattle, WA: Oct. 1993
  • Hanford Gallery, Tacoma Public Library, Tacoma, WA: March 1993
  • CollectionsDePaul University, Chicago, ILProvidence Health System, Oregon
  • St. Edwards University, Austin, TXUniversity of Portland, Portland, OR
  • University of Notre Dame

In Publications

  • LensWork Magazine: August/September, 2004
  • Spiritus Magazine, 2004
  • LensWork Magazine: October/November, 2002
  • Gango Editions, 2002-2006

Awards and Competitions

  • Santa Fe Center for Photography Annual Competition, Finalist: Feb. 2007
  • PX3: Prix de la Photographie Paris, Finalist: Feb. 2007
  • Council for the Advancement of Secondary Education, Gold Award, Photography, 2004
  • Photographic Center Northwest Annual Competition, Seattle, WA: June 2002

Lectures and Special Projects

  • University of Notre Dame, 2011
  • PhotoForce: ongoing
  • Portland Grid Project, Portland, OR: 2006
  • St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX: Feb. 2005
  • Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR: Aug. 2002
  • Community Art Share, Portland, OR: Oct. 2000