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Artist Spotlight: John Steptoe

Grandchamps Artist Spotlight gives artists a space to display their creations as well as a platform to tell their stories. We seek artists of the community in order to support and showcase local talent.

John Lewis Steptoe was born on September 14, 1950, in Brooklyn, NY and was raised on Monroe Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant. John Steptoe began drawing as a young child and received his formal art training at the High School of Art and Design in Manhattan. In 1969, at the age of 19, his first book ‘Stevie’, a story based on his experiences growing up, received national attention when it was published in its entirety in Life magazine. It was hailed as "new kind of book for black children." John Steptoe began work on Stevie at the age of 16. Stevie was published by Harper Collins in 1969 at the age of nineteen, launching his career.

During his twenty-two year career, he published 17 books, 11 of which he wrote and illustrated, 5 that he illustrated and a final one published after his death in 1989. "Growing up, the only photos I ever saw of Haiti were very somber, dark, and gray. The media always seemed to portray a very negative view of the physiology of Haiti, showing the gray slums or the rubble after the earthquake. It was all so dark and that scarred me as a child. I've taken that visual trauma and turned it into a world of color, safety, warmth, and comfort."

Join us for the opening of the exhibit which will include an exclusive Q+A with daughter and muse, Bweela Steptoe. Bweela Steptoe is a literacy advocate and workshop presenter. Her mission is to educate and share the legacy of her father, John Lewis Steptoe.

Earlier Event: February 14
Valentine's Day Prix Fixe