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About the Artist
Steve R. Garner began his career as an undergraduate and graduate student at the University of North Dakota.  There he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree, Master of Arts degree in art education, and his Master of Fine Arts degree in studio arts.  He studied under nationally respected artists and teachers such as professors Robert A. Nelson, Brian Paulsen, Jackie McElroy Edwards, and Paul Fundingsland.

His teachers as well as historical influences like Rene Magritte, the Belgian painter and one of the early Masters of Surrealism, influenced him.  Other favorite artists include Mr. Ronald Roller Wilson and fellow classmate Christopher Langseth.  During his graduate studies Garner worked predominately in Serigraphy and tends to carry that thinking process with him today in his painting techniques.

Garner has taught at both the college and secondary levels.  Retired in 2013 as Head of the Fine Arts Department at J. L. Mann High School in Greenville, South Carolina.  He spends his time in the studio each day.

He has exhibited his work internationally and has won many national awards for his work.  He is a member of the National Art Education Association, South Carolina Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, the American Watercolor Society and the Northwest Watercolor Society. 

1973
  • 10th Manisphere, Winnipeg, Manitoba, "Materials Award"
1975
  • 12th Manisphere, Winnipeg, Manitoba, "Manitoba Arts Council Award"
1976 
  • 17th Red River Annual, Moorehead, Minnesota, "Purchase Prize"
  • 1st North Dakota Annual, Minot, North Dakota, "1st Place Award"
  • Midwestern International Art Exhibition, Winnipeg, Manitoba, "$200.00"
1977
  • 2nd Annual Exhibition of Prints and Drawings, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, "Merit Award"
  • 3rd North Dakota Annual, Minot, North Dakota, "Cash Award"
  • 21st North Dakota Print and Drawing Exhibit, Grand Forks, Norht Dakota, "Purchase Award"
  • 20th Annual Exhibition of Prints and Drawing Competition, Tulsa, Oklahoma, "$50.00 Cass Award"
  • Color Print USA, Lubbock, Texas, "Honorable Mention"
1979
  • 6th Annual Printmaking and Drawing Exhibition, Tulsa, Oklahoma, "$100.00 Award"
  • 11th Annual North Dakota Exhibition, Minot, North Dakota, "Purchase Award"
  • 57th SAGA National Print Competition, New York, New York, "Risling Paper Award"
1980
  • 56th Annual Exhibition, Springville Museum of Art, Springville, Utah, "$100.00 Merit Award"
1981
  • 6th Annual North Dakota Exhibition, Minot, North Dakota, "Purchase Award"
  • 18th Bradeley National Print and Drawing Exhibition, Peoria, Illinois, "Purchase Award"
1982
  • West "82 Art and the Law", St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Artist as Social Critic, "Center for the Arts", Michigan City, Indiana
1983
  • Society of American Graphic Artists, Group Exhibit in the Republic of China
1984
  • North Dakota Print and Drawing Exhibition, Grand Forks, North Dakota
1985
  • Society of American Graphic Artists Group Exhibit, Virginia Museum of Art, Richmond, Virginia
1986
  • "Art Educators Exhibit", University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, "First Place Award"
1987
  • "St. Louis Art Teachers Exhibit" Fluoresant Valley Community College, Fluoresant, Missouri
1998
  • South Carolina Water Color Society, "Friends of Guy Lipscomb Award, $400.00"
1999
  • Hazen Public Art Exhibition, Hazen, North Dakota, "Best in Show"
  • South Carolina Water Color Society, "Coastal Federal Award, $500.00"
2000
  • Water Media 2000, Pikes Peake Water Color Society
  • "Boundless Expressions" Renewal of the Spirit, Contemporary Art Museum, University of South Florida, "Purchase Award, $600.00"
  • South Carolina Water Color Society Exhibition, The Arthur State Bank
2001
  • Water Color Society of Alabama, "Canson, Inc. Award, $75.00
  • California Water Color Association 33rd National Art Exhibition, San Fransisco, California, "Experimental Award"
  • South Carolina Water Color Exhibit
  • 14th National Juried Art Exhibition South Cobbl Arts Alliance, Inc
  • San Diego Watercolor Society 21st International Exhibition
2002
  • Georgia Water Color Society Membership Juried Competiton, "Third Place Award"
  • Northwestern Water Color Society Membership Juried Competiton
2003
  • Watercolor Society of Alabama, 62nd Annual National Exhibition, "Daler-Rowney USA Award"
  • North West Water Color Society, Waterworks 2003, "Evergreen State Merchandise Award"
  • Pikes Peak Watercolor Society, Watermedia XIII, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
  • South Carolina Watercolor Association juried exhibition
  • Upstate Visual Arts Juried Membership exhibition
  • Gov. School, Greenville, South Carolina, "Best in Show"
2004
  • South Carolina Water Color Society Juried Exhibit, juried by Warren Taylor, "The Caroline Swanson Award"
  • Georgia Water Color Juried Exhibit, "The Strotherer's Printing Award Inc and the Loft Award"
  • North West Water Color Society, "Waterworks 2004"
2005
  • Western Colorado Water Color Society, 13th National Exhibit 2005
  • National Water Color Society, members show, juried by Ernest Velardi, Viva Gallery, Sherman Oaks, California
2006
  • Blue Ridge Art Council 40th Anniversary juried show, juried by Paul Koenen, Seneca, South Carolina, "2nd Place"
2007
  • The Blue Ridge Art Council's 41st Juried Show, Seneca, South Carolina.
  • Manhattan Arts International 24th Anniversary juried on line Exhibit
  • Red Clay Survey, Huntsville Museum of Art, Hunstville, Alabama, Juried by Margaret Lazzari, Claude E. Smith Jr.
  • Upstate Visual Arts, Greenville, South Carolina
  • Water Works 2007, North West Water Color Society, Seattle, Washington
  • South Carolina Water Color Exhibit, juried by John Salminen, "Toni M. and Same Elkins Award"
2008
  • 31 st Annual SCWS EXhibition, "Mike and Janice Coward Award"
  • 88th National Water Color Exhibit, "Traveling exhibit"
2009
  • 32nd Annual Water Color Exhibit, "Bristo Oil Company Award"
  • "Dreamscapes", One Mann Exhibit at the Blue Ridge Art Center, Seneca, S. C. 
2010
  • 33rd Annual South Carolina Water Media Exhibit
2011
  • 34th Annual South Carolina Water Media Exhibit
2012
  • 35th Annual South Carolina Water Media Exhibit
2014
  • 37th Annual South Carolina Water Media Exhibit {The Ann Fitch Memorial Award}
  • CWA 45th National Exhibition

2015
  • Clemson first Juried Exhibition, Honorable Mention award.
  • 38th Annual SCWM Juried Exhibition "Award and Traveling Exhibit"
  • CWA 46th National Juried Exhibition
  • Clemson Art Center First Juried Exhibit, "Merit Award 
EXHIBITS
Contact information
Phone:  864-884-4137
Email:  Garner2383@gmail.com
Links
2016
      . Blue Ridge Art Council Juried Exhibition, Seneca, South Carolina, Merit Award
       Artisphere Juried Exhibit at the Peace Center
      Anderson 41st Juried Exhibition, Anderson, South Carolina

2017
      Blue Ridge Art Council Juried Exhibition, Seneca, South Carolina
      Blue Ridge Art Council 1st Juried Photography Exhibit, Seneca South Carolina
      Anderson 42nd Juried Exhibition, Anderson, South Carolina  $1,000 Purchase Award
      Belton Art Centeer Juried Exhibition, Belton, South Carolina

2018
      Blue Ridge Art Council Juried Exhibition, Seneca, South Carolina
      Anderson 43rd Juried Exhibit, Anderson, S. C.  Merit Award
      Artisphere Juried Exhibition at the Peace Center, Greenville, S. C. 
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