about the artist

Craig Stover in his studio



Craig Stover Art Matters October 2008


Craig Stover with Artist and Model, 2000

I knew that I wanted to become an artist at the age of 16. My work has taken many twists and turns over the years but through it all, I've held on to my love of making pictures. I enjoy the process of creating images that emerge from my imagination while keeping an eye on art history and current art theory. Preferring to work in series, I have enjoyed making images based on themes like The Three Graces, Adam and Eve, Odalisques, Saturn and various other mythologies. After 2001, two new themes that came from my imagination that proved pivotal in my work emerged: Imaginary Botanicals and Phantom Animals. Through all of this, I feel that my work remains both autobiographical and socially introspective.

I have also had the pleasure of working with many arts organizations in Philadelphia such as Creative Artists Network (now the Center for Emerging Visual Artists), The Philadelphia Art Alliance, The Avenue of the Arts, the Snyderman-Works Galleries, Woodmere Museum of Art, Cheltenham Center for the Arts, the Academy of Natural Sciences, The Fairmount Art Center, Manayunk Arts Center, and The Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia. I currently hold the position of Executive Director of Allens Lane Art Center and teach printmaking at Haverford College. A professional bio is available on linkedin.com.


Public Exhibitions

2017 Jed Williams Gallery, Philadelphia, PA - Prints
2017 Cerulean Arts Gallery, Philadelphia, PA - Invitational Exhibition
2013 Cerulean Arts Gallery, Philadelphia, PA - Elusive Quest
2008 Carolyn Feidler-Alber Gallery, Philadelphia, PA - Paintings and Sculpture
2008 Artist's Equity/Widner University, Chester, PA - In Search of Ourselves
2006 D Gallery, Oceanside, CA - New Artists
2005 Off the Wall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA - New Artists
2005 Girard Avenue Mural Panels, Girard Avenue from 26th to 31st streets, Philadelphia, PA
2005 White Space Gallery, New Haven, CT - New Artists
2005 PII Gallery, Philadelphia, PA - Imaginary Botanicals
2005 Lux Gallery, Chicago, IL - Imaginary Botanicals
2005 Academy of Natural Sciences - Specimen Studies
2004 Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA - Members exhibition
2004 Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA - Dear Fleisher
2004 Daffy's Art Window, Philadelphia, PA October
2003 Daffy's Art Window, Philadelphia, PA May
2002 Daffy's Art Window, Philadelphia, PA May
1998 DaVinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA - New Works
1998 Daffy's Art Window, Philadelphia, PA May
1997 Gallery 500, Elkins Park, PA - Group Exhibition
1997 Hamilton Hall Gallery, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA - Alumni Exhibition
1996 Zone One Gallery, Philadelphia, PA - Invitational V
1995 Zone One Gallery, Philadelphia, PA - Invitational III
1994 Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA - "Who Said Painting Is Dead!"
1994 McGovern Gallery, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA , - "Figure It Out For Yourself"
1993 Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA - Group Exhibition
1992 Caribou Cafe, Philadelphia, PA - New Works


1993 B.F.A. University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
1989 Undergraduate studies, Tyler School of Art, Elkins Park, PA


2008 Stover Takes Over, Oct. Art Matters
2006 Bucks County Herald, May 25, Artist Lectures
2005 The Spirit Newspaper, April 6, Portrait of an Artist in Fairmount
2005 Philadelphia Metro, Feb. 18, Artist Interview
2002 Art Museum Area Home News, Oct. 10, Open Studio Tours
1997 Art Matters, Review of Group Show at Gallery 500

Early odd bits

1987 - Decides to become an artist at the age of 16.
1989 - First public exhibition in a store window in Doylestown, PA.
1992 - First public exhibition
in Philadelphia. All works except Icarus, 1991, were lost or destroyed.
1992 - Held an exhibition with two other artists in a 2 stall, 8th floor mens room in downtown Philadelphia. 68 people attended the opening. The urinals were signed.
1994 - Several sold artworks were stolen out of the gallery during his first major exhibition at Pentimenti Gallery.
1995 -
Craig was studio assistant (7+ years) and friend to Philadelphia artist Sam Maitin.
1998 - Launched this site.

Craig Stover studio 2006