Adele Shtern
Medium: Photography

Studio Location:
1121 47 Road - Studio# 3L

Phone: 7187066363



Artist Bio:
Adele Shtern was born in Montreal into a family of educators, writers, scholars, scientists, poets, artists and mystics. She studied at McGill University and received her BA in Art from Concordia University in Montreal. She was awarded a Design Canada Scholarship to study at Yale University and graduated with an MFA in 1979. She has been a Professor of Art at the Tyler School of Art, the Fashion Institute of Technology and Baruch College. She coordinated the Graphic Design Program at the University of Bridgeport. She is currently an adjunct Art Professor at the Borough of Manhattan Community College a part of the City University of New York (BMCC/CUNY).

Shtern is considered a pioneer in Computer Art. Her involvement with Digital Art began in 1983 at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) on a University of Bridgeport grant. She continued her digital studies at Harvard Graduate summer school from 1987-1989 and later at NYU and the Parsons School of Design. She is included in Post Modern Currents: Art & Artists in the Age of Electronic Media by Margot Lovejoy, UMI Press 1989. She was an Artist in Residence at the Kodak Center for Creative Imaging in 1992.

Committed to the process of Art as a form of Healing, Shtern conceived Lotus Cusp, a multimedia presentation re 9.11. This was included as an installation in the 10th Anniversary Memorial Exhibition Part 2 Response and Healing at the Penn State Berks Freyberger Gallery in 2011. Several of her images are now on the 9.11 Online Memorial Artists Registry. Shtern was honored as an ART Cart Saving the Legacy 2015-16 participant. A significant portion of her art is digitally archived at the Columbia University Digital Commons of Art & Culture. Her work has been widely exhibited, published and received many awards. She is the co-author of the oral history book Nicky D from LIC. Adele Shtern has lived and created art in Long Island City, Queens, New York, for over 30 years.

Artist Statement:
Adele Shtern embraces her calling as a multi-disciplinary artist using traditional and digital media. Her artwork is based on a lifetime process of reflecting the synergy and synthesis of personal, cultural, and metaphysical realms in photographs, photomontages, drawings, journals, digital and gouache paintings, collages, sculpture, handmade paper, poetry, music and dance.

Shtern takes pleasure in discovering visually interesting sights in diverse loci. Her process involves opening to the revelation of seeing the familiar in new ways. Painterly and abstract aspects of the environment catch her eye. She considers contrasts of figure ground, light & shadow, form, color, and proportion. She focuses on reflections, juxtapositions, and visual rhythms.

The photos in this show are part of an ongoing series of photographic explorations. Some of the sites have since been transformed or no longer exist. This record preserves the memory of what was, as a visual and cultural archive.

All images and text copyright Adele Shtern