Silver-Scuro Studio/Steven Mastroianni
Steven Mastroianni Photography & Arts

about

Steven Mastroianni

Photo:  Laura Wimbels

I am a Cleveland based artist, photographer, college professor, curator, and musician. Although I come from a family of professional and amateur photographers, drawing and painting was my first passion. I attended the Cleveland Institute of Art where I studied drawing, printmaking, video, and photography. Already having a familiarity with the darkroom process from spending time as a child in my brother's darkroom, it was an easy transition to creating images with the camera and developing those images under the glow of the amber light in the lab. Although most of the work I do today is digital, the creative process--from composing images, making technical choices about focal lengths and exposures, to post processing--is essentially the same. The traditional process is not completely gone, however, as I still maintain one of the last professional B&W darkrooms in the Cleveland area, where I process and print my own work, as well as the work of other professionals.


From 2008 until 2018 I was the owner and curator of Silver Scuro Studio and Gallery (formerly Mastroianni Arts), a gallery and studio space, where I exhibited the work of area artists and other arts related events.

Education: Bachelor of Fine Art, Cleveland Institute of Art, 1988

My original photographs are included in many private and corporate collections, including the Cleveland Clinic. I have exhibited my work in more than twenty five solo and group shows, and have curated dozens of exhibits in my own gallery, in addition to serving on many exhibition juries.

Exhibitions:

2019: Peer Show: Juried group exhibit at the Cleveland Print Room

2019: Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati: Similitude, juried group exhibit

2019: Cleveland Print Room: Juried group show at University Hospitals

2018 Sticks and Stones: Group show at Heights Arts

2018 The Peer Show: Juried group exhibit at the Cleveland Print Room

2017 Peer Show, The Cleveland Print Room, juried group exhibit

2016 Peer Show, The Cleveland Print Room, juried group exhibit

2015 Artists Archives of the Western Reserve: Photo Now, juried exhibit

2014 Butler Institute of American Art Midyear Exhibit

2014 "Moon3" Group installation curated by Loren Naji; North Collinwood, Cleveland

2013 "Girls on Film" Mastroianni Arts, solo exhibit

2013 Cleveland Print Room: Homegrown-Northeast Ohio Photographers, group show

2013 Mastroianni Photography and Arts: Veterans of Artwalk-Portraits of early Tremont Artwalk protagonists; solo exhibit

2012 Mastroianni Photography and Arts: New Portraits, Old Books, Strange Sounds; solo exhibit and performance

2011 Mastroianni Photography and Arts: The Deliberate Portrait; solo exhibit

2010 Mastroianni Photography and Arts: The Literary Sets; solo exhibit

2010 Mastroianni Photography and Arts: Photographic Proof, 1985-1990; solo exhibit

2006 Brandt Gallery, Cleveland; group show

2006 Brandt Gallery, Cleveland; solo show

2005 Buzz Gallery-Cleveland; group show

2003 Fifth Annual Tremont Arts and Cultural Festival; Jurors' selection for Excellence

2003 Canalway Visitor Center, Cleveland Metroparks; Views of Tremont

2002 Firelands Association for the Visual Arts, Oberlin, Six State Photography Exhibit

2002 Tremont Arts and Cultural Festival; including group show at Kelly-Randall Gallery

2002 "Transfer" Juried group show of photography at Asterisk Gallery, Cleveland

2002 "LTV and Tremont" group show at Smart T'Art Gallery, Cleveland

2001 Tremont Arts and Cultural Festival; including group show at Kelly-Randall Gallery

2000 JCC Beachwood, Ohio; "Sense of Place" group show.

1999 Firelands Association for the Visual Arts, Oberlin, Six State Photography Exhibit

1998 Safran Studio, Cleveland, solo show

1997 Firelands Association for the Visual Arts, Oberlin, Six State Photography Exhibit, Juror's award

1997 The Gathering, Cleveland, solo show

1996 The Free Times-Faces of Cleveland, second place award

1996 The Literary Cafe, Cleveland

1995 Pentagon Gallery, Cleveland Heights

1995 The Free Times-Faces of Cleveland, award-best color photography

1994 The Willoughby Fine Arts Association, Willoughby

1989 May Show, Cleveland Museum of Art

Curator/Jury:

2017 Juror: Stark County Artists Annual Exhibition

2018 Curator: Oscura Luce: photography and sculpture by K Austin (Mastroianni Arts/Silver Scuro Studio)

2018 Curator: Terry Durst and Jon Gott: Blowout (Mastroianni Arts/Silver Scuro Studio)

2018 Curator: Mallory Freeman and Sean Jason Kelly: Sweet on Fleet (Mastroianni Arts/Silver Scuro Studio)

2015 Juror: Tremont Arts and Cultural Festival

2015 Curator: Jim Pallotta: It’s About Time September (Mastroianni Arts/Silver Scuro Studio)

2015 Curator: Brock Winans: Taking Place (Mastroianni Arts/Silver Scuro Studio)

2014 Juror: Tremont Arts and Cultural Festival

2014 Curator: Chris Kaspar: A Teacher’s Perspective (Mastroianni Arts/Silver Scuro Studio)

2014 Curator: The Alleman Brother: Garage Art of the Philistines September

2014 Curator: Ron Knight: Signs From God (Mastroianni Arts/Silver Scuro Studio)

2013 Curator: Studio Showcase: Photography by Frank Lanza, Lindsey Beckwith, and Steven Mastroianni (Mastroianni Arts/Silver Scuro Studio)

2012 Curator: Jason Robert Carroll: Depth of Place (Mastroianni Arts/Silver Scuro Studio)

2012 Curator: A Wink and a Nod: New work by Jackie Romanak Zubal (Mastroianni Arts/Silver Scuro Studio)

2012 Curator: Kilimanjaro Express: New work by Terri P Tufts (Mastroianni Arts/Silver Scuro Studio)

2012 Curator: Sacred Pulp: Two Dead Smiths + Two Live Smiths (Mastroianni Arts/Silver Scuro Studio)

2011 Curator: Brandt 21; 21st anniversary exhibit, Brandt Gallery, Cleveland

2011 Curator: Ron Knight x 2: How Did We Get Here? (Mastroianni Arts/Silver Scuro Studio)

2011 Curator: Brandt 21: Artists from 21 years of Brandt Gallery

2011 Curator: Neve Black and her Simple Minded Brute (John Scully): poetry and music (Mastroianni Arts/Silver Scuro Studio)

2011 Curator: The First Fifty: group exhibition by Tri-C photography students (Mastroianni Arts/Silver Scuro Studio)

2010 Curator: 1300 Love: Beth Kappa and John Ryan (Mastroianni Arts/Silver Scuro Studio)

2010 Curator: Charlotte Mann: Photography (Mastroianni Arts/Silver Scuro Studio)

2010 Curator: Which Moment~This Moment: Trenchcoat Manifesto, music and photography (Mastroianni Arts/Silver Scuro Studio)

2010 Curator: Succession-Photography by Jonathan Wayne (Mastroianni Arts/Silver Scuro Studio)

2010 Juror: Tremont Arts and Cultural Festival

2009 Curator: Bruno Casiano (Mastroianni Arts/Silver Scuro Studio)

2009 Curator: Ron Knight and Debra Shepherd (Mastroianni Arts/Silver Scuro Studio)

2009 Curator: Exposure Cleveland: Group show (Mastroianni Arts/Silver Scuro Studio)

2009 Juror: The Cleveland Institute of Art 29th Annual Cuyahoga County Regional Scholastic Awards Exhibition

2009 Juror: Tremont Arts and Cultural Festival