Stephen Cornelius Roberts

Born: Omaha, Nebraska 1952

Education: BFA from University of Nebraska at Omaha, 1976

 

Selected One Man Shows

2017  Sunderland Gallery, Cathedral Cultural Center, Omaha, NE

2016  Garden of the Zodiac Gallery, Omaha, NE

 

1999  Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY

1998  University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NE

1997  Wayne State College, Wayne, NE

1991  Eyesound Gallery, Omaha, NE

1990  Iowa Western Community College, Council Bluffs, IA

1988  Creighton University, Omaha, NE

1986  Walker Art Gallery, Kearney State College, Kearney, NE

1986  Pratt Community College, Pratt, KS

1984  Dana College, Blair, NE

1983  Antiquarium Gallery, Omaha , NE

1982  Antiquarium Gallery, Omaha, NE

1981  Hillmer Gallery, College of Saint Mary, Omaha, NE

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018  Nebraska +, Gallery 1516, Omaha, NE

2016 Tete-a-Tete:  Portraits in Dialogue, Allan Stone Projects, New York, NY

2015 Friends of Kent Bellows, Gallery 1516, Omaha, NE

2012  Art Southampton, Allan Stone Booth, Southampton, NY

2012  Disrobed, Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY

2011-2012 Portraits of Women, Museum of Nebraska Art, Methodist Women's Hospital, Omaha, NE

2011  Art Miami, Allan Stone Booth, Miami, FL

2011  Reunion, Old Friends/New Work, Hot Shop Art Center, Omaha, NE

2010  Face to Face, Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney, NE 

2008  Group, Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY

2006  The Art Show, Seventh Regiment Armory, Allan Stone Gallery Booth, New York, NY

2005  A Personal Selection by Norman Geske, Modern Arts Midwest, Lincoln, NE

2004  Group, Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY

2003  Talent, Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY

2003  The Art Show, Seventh Regiment Armory, Allan Stone Gallery Booth, New York, NY

2002  The Perception of Appearance, A Decade of Contemporary American Figure Drawing, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA

2002  The Body Revealed, Two Hundred Years of the American Nude, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, Connecticut

2002  20/20 Vision, Bemis Center of Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE

2001  The Figure, Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY

2001  RSVP/MONA, Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney, NE

2000  The Art Show, Seventh Regiment Armory, Allan Stone Gallery Booth, New York, NY

2000  Fortieth Anniversary Exhibition, Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY

1999  The Art Show, Seventh Regiment Armory, Allan Stone Gallery Booth, New York, NY

1998  Navy Pier, Allan Stone Gallery Booth, Chicago, IL

1998  San Francisco International Art Exposition, Allan Stone Gallery Booth, San Francisco, CA

1998  The Art Show, Seventh Regiment Armory, Allan Stone Gallery Booth, New York, Ny

1997  Talent, Allan Stone Gallery,New York, NY

1996  The Art Show, Seventh Regiment Armory, Allan Stone Gallery Booth, New York, NY

1995  Group, Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY

1994  Group, Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY

1993  The Figure in Five Media, Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney, NE

1992  Gallery Artists, Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY

1991  Gallery Artists, Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY

1991  New Talent, Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY

 

Selected Bibliography

Kamrin Baker. "Omaha's Own Da Vinci: Stephen Cornelius Roberts' Lifetime of Painting Humanity,"  Omaha Magazine, September/October 2018.

Janet L. Farber. "It's Only Natural; Roberts' Figures: A Matter of Fact and Classical Form,"  The Reader, Volume 23, Number 17, September 2016.

Michael J. Krainak. "In Good Company," The Reader, March 2016.

Janet L. Farber. "Grace Under Pressure:  Gallery 1516 Emerges into Metro Art Scene with Inaugural Exhibit, Friends of Kent Bellows,"  The Reader, Volume22, Number 9, December 2015

James Walmsley. “Steve Roberts: Years of rejection led artist to success,” University of Nebraska at Omaha Gateway, Friday, December 11, 2012.

Elinor L. Baade Brown. What Hath God Wrought? Tour Guide of Nebraska's Great Capitol, 2004.

Terri Tvrdy. “Capitol Success: State Capitol murals led artist Stephen Cornelius Roberts in a new direction,” Nebraska Life, March/April 2003.

Anthony Flott. “Big Impact, Omaha Artist Steve Roberts,” Omaha Magazine, December, 2003.

Mary Pat Finn-Hoag. "Mural viewed as centerpiece for new facility," Norfolk Daily News, Tuesday, November 27, 2001.

Shawn Brock. “Nebraska Artist to Visit NECC Campus,” Northeast Community College Viewpoint, Tuesday, November 6, 2001.

Goings On About Town, Art, Galleries-Uptown. "Stephen Cornelius Roberts," The New Yorker, July 19, 1999. 

1997 in Review: Public Art. "Stephen Cornelius Roberts," Art in America, Annual 1998.

Kevin Warneke. “Stephen Roberts,” Profiles: A Collection of UNO Personalities, July, 1998.

Jean Scott. “Stephen Roberts: The Art and the Artist,” The Old Market and Downtown Encounter, May/June 1998.

Stephen Croucher. “Neorealism at UNO,” University of Nebraska at Omaha Gateway, Friday, February 20, 1998. 

Kevin Warneke. “Under the Dome,” UNO Alum Magazine, Summer 1997.

Art as History: “The Capitol Murals,” Choice, November 1997.

Carol McShane. "These murals are ours now," Lincoln Star, Thursday, December 12, 1996.

Barc Wade.  "Artist depicts 'real people' in murals," New Horizons, November 1996.

Kyle MacMillan. "The Man Behind the Murals," Sunday World-Herald, November 24, 1996.

Leslie Boellstorff. "Capitol Murals Salute Service of the People," Omaha World-Herald, Tuesday, November 12, 1996.

Martha Stoddard. "Crowd gathers to greet rotunda's new faces," Lincoln Journal Star, Tuesday, November 12, 1996.

Leslie Boellstorff, "Final Eight Murals Join Capitol Tribute," Omaha World-Herald, Monday, November 11, 1996.

Leslie Boellstorff. "8 Murals To Grace The Capitol, Memorial Chamber To Lose Blank Walls," Omaha World-Herald, Tuesday, August 27, 1996.

Barc Wade. “Omahan Steve Roberts Paints State Capitol Murals,” Home and Away/Nebraska, March/April 1995.

Editorial Staff. "Murals: All's well that ends well," Sunday Journal-Star, January 9, 1994.

Ed Russo. "Capitol mural changes please chief critic," Lincoln Journal, Friday, January 7, 1994.

Kyle MacMillan. "Murals' Design Changes Please Women's Groups," Omaha World-Herald, Friday, January 7, 1994.

Bob Reeves. "New sketches for Capitol murals include more women," Lincoln Star, Friday, January 7, 1994.

Editorial Staff. "Capitol murals: In history and in modern times...women are doers," Lincoln Journal, Wednesday, December 29, 1993.

Don Walton. "Capitol murals artist willing to listen," Lincoln Star, Tuesday, December 28, 1993.

Editorial Staff. "Criticism comes late but concerns justified," Lincoln Star, Tuesday, December 28, 1993.

Bob Reeves. "Capitol murals criticized by two women's groups," Lincoln Star, Thursday, December 23, 1993. 

Ed Rosso. "Women's groups unhappy about new Capitol murals," Lincoln Journal, Wednesday, December 22, 1993.

Fred Thomas. “8 Murals to Grace Capital: Artist Will Fill Empty Spaces in 14th-Floor Chamber,” Omaha World-Herald, Monday, November 29, 1993.   

Fred Knapp. "Omaha artist's sketches accepted for completion of Capitol murals," Lincoln Journal, Tuesday, November 23, 1993.

Bob Reeves, "Murals to tell easily readable tales," The Lincoln Star, Tuesday, November 23, 1993

Kyle MacMillan. “Reality: Just What Is It? 3 Artists Ponder Question,” Sunday World-Herald, April 5, 1992.

Theresa Wulf. “Roberts Brings Nudes to Larger Than Life,” Flatwater Arts Companion, May 1991.

Kathleen Rutledge. "Additional $380,000 requested for murals," Lincoln Journal, Friday, March 22, 1991.

Fred Knapp. "Omaha artist Roberts to paint Capitol murals," Lincoln Journal, Thursday, February 21, 1991.

Paul Hammel. "Artist Picked For Murals At Capitol," Omaha World-Herald, Thursday, February 21, 1991.

E.C. Lipton.  "Allan Stone rotates his artists," Artspeak, February 1991.

Kyle MacMillan. “Work of Midland Artists Exhibited in New York City,” Omaha World-Herald, Thursday, February 7, 1991.

Kyle MacMillan. “Human Figure Fascinates Omaha Painter,” Omaha World-Herald, Wednesday, December 19, 1990.

Jim Williams. " Run, Ye Classicists to CU Gallery," Metropolitan, Wednesday, February 10, 1988.

Sue Perry. "UNO grad features artwork in Joslyn, New York," University of Nebraska at Omaha Gateway, Thursday, July 9, 1987. 

James M. May.  "Stephen Roberts," Gallery Solo Show Brochure, Walker Art Gallery, Kearney State College, Kearney, NE, August/September 1986.

Roger Catlin.  "State of the Art," " SC Roberts," Sunday World-Herald, December 23, 1984. 

Roger Catlin. "Artist Gets By With the Help of Some of His Friends," Sunday World-Herald, September 25, 1983.

Roger Catlin, "Three-Man Show," Sunday World-Herald, September 12, 1982.

Roger Catlin, "Stephen Roberts," Sunday World-Herald, March 28, 1982.

Mary Treynor Smith. "Diverse ideas work together at Hillmer," Sun Newspapers, Wednesday, April 8, 1981.

Steve Roberts, "Steve Roberts," Contrast Magazine, Volume 1, Number 3, 1980. 

 

 

Selected Public Collections

Nebraska State Capitol, Lincoln, NE.

Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney, NE.

Harold M. and Beverly Maurer Center for Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE.

Michael F. Sorrell Center for Health Science Education, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE.

Armbrust Family YMCA, Omaha, NE.

The Charles Mack Citizen Center, Mooresville, NC.

William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NE.

Alegent Creighton Health Lakeside Hospital, Omaha, NE.

Del and Lou Ann Weber Fine Arts Building, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NE.

Criss Library, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NE.

Donald F. Othmer Hall, University of Nebraska at Lincoln, Lincoln, NE.

Norfolk Veterans' Home, Norfolk, NE.

Methodist Health West, Omaha, NE.

Benson High School, Omaha, NE.

Reinert-Alumni Memorial Library, Creighton University, Omaha, NE.

Frances Banta Waggoner Community Library, DeWitt, IA.

College of Saint Mary, Omaha, NE.

 

Documentary Films

Nebraska Public Television produced a one hour program titled "The Capitol Murals."  Produced and directed by Michael Farrell.  The program is one hour in length.  "The Capitol Murals" follows Stephen Cornelus Roberts' from preliminary design through the installation of the murals on the fourteenth floor of the Nebraska State Capitol.

 

http://netnebraska.org/interactive-multimedia/none/capitol-murals

 

"Consider This:  Capturing the Human Spirit."  Univerity of Nebraska at Omaha Television, 2014.  Nationally recognized Nebraska artists Stephen Cornelius Roberts, Keith Jacobshagen, and Paul Othero reflect on the life and work of Kent Bellows, in a panel discussion.  

Audrey Kauders, director of the Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney, served as the moderator.

 

 

 

 

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