Statement If there is one thing I’ve found to be true about motherhood, it’s that you no longer have time, but you do have moments. They’re lovely, comforting, and joyous. These moments ground me and remind me of what’s important. Delicious food and special drinks are often the catalyst to these instances; they help us live in the present. It’s hard to worry about a deadline when you’re eating cake or think about the laundry when you're sipping champagne. I use these in my composition to create scenes that invite the viewer to relax and soak it all in. These scenes are painted in a way to convey the peace, comfort, laughter, and contentment that we feel when time stops and moments start.
Biography Amanda grew up on the banks of the Mississippi River in Bellevue, Iowa where she discovered her love of art. She continued her education at Iowa State University where she got a BA in Apparel Design and Art & Design. After living and exhibiting on the west coast for several years, Amanda has settled back in Iowa with her family. She has shown in several group and solo exhibitions regionally and has taken a short break recently to raise her two children. Amanda is currently working from her home studio to create her newest body of work that explores the joy of shared moments with loved ones.
Education Iowa State University, Bachelors of Science in Apparel Merchandising, Design, and Production, 2009
Exhibition History RAW, Stellar, Portland, Oregon, 2019 Galena Center for the Arts, Broad Ideas, Galena, Illinois, 2019 Carnegie Stout Public Library, Holiday Art Show, Dubuque, Iowa, 2018 NICC Town Clock Business Center curated by Outside the Lines Gallery, Amanda Steines Solo Show, Dubuque, Iowa, 2018 Carnegie Stout Public Library, Art at Your Library Spring Show: Amanda Steines & Ronnie Nichols, Dubuque, Iowa, 2018 Bellevue Arts Council, Member Show, Bellevue, Iowa, 2018 Gallery C, Modern Feminine. Solo show, Dubuque, Iowa, 2018 Stella Collective, Amanda Steines Solo Show & Live Painting, Lincoln, Nebraska, 2017 Bellevue Arts Council, Member Show, Bellevue, Iowa, 2017 Bellevue Arts Council, Member Show, Bellevue, Iowa, 2016 Morpho Gallery, Emerging Artist Show, Chicago Illinois, 2016 East Village Apartments, SoCal & Mexican Artist curated by Molotov Gallery, San Diego, California, 2015 Thumbprint Gallery, Mixed Feelings, San Diego, California, 2015 Thumbprint Gallery, Drift, San Diego, California, 2015 W Hotel, State of the Arts: Amanda Steines, San Diego, California, 2013
Collections & Special Projects Bird Friendly City Mural, Iowa Big: Bird Blind Project, Marion, Iowa 2023 Interior Murals, River Ridge Brewery, Bellevue, Iowa 2022 Abstract Brews, River Ridge Brewery, Bellevue, Iowa 2019 Play on Shapes: Works 1-9, Creative Adventure Lab’s Innovation Lab, Dubuque, Iowa 2018 Bellevue at Sunrise, River Ridge Brewery, Bellevue, Iowa 2017
Publications “Latest by Bellevue Artist Highlighted at Gallery C”, Telegraph Herald, 2018 “Dubuque First Fridays” My Duhawk, 2018 “Back to Basics: Amanda Steines”, EQ Culture, 2014 “Letting Go: The Art and Philosophy of Amanda Steines”, The Art Elephant, 2014
Affiliations & Memberships Marion Arts Council, Associate Member 2022-Present Carnegie Stout Public Library Art Subcommittee 2018-2019 Creative Adventure Lab, Painting, Drawing and Stained Glass Instructor 2016-2019 Bellevue Arts Council, Member from 2015 to 2018 Bellevue Paint Nights, Founder & Instructor, 2015-2016