Originally from northern Illinois, Steven Alden Carpenter has lived in Maine for twenty-five years. He became an artist at an early age, but did not discover sculpture until later in life. Before becoming a sculptor he worked as a free-lance illustrator and as a textile designer. Then, combining his artistic sensibilities with his enjoyment of physical activity, he created a stone-scaping and garden design business, which he has pursued for over twenty-five years. During the years of working with stone he learned how to see and to think in three dimensions, observing how light affects textures and how shapes relate to one another. The physical activity involved in doing stone work gave him a sense of anatomy, and of how the body functions and feels while in movement. These are elements that he now applies to his sculpture. His central focus in sculpture has always revolved around the human form, because figurative sculpture provides an endless source of imagery and concepts to express the human condition.

Steven is an elected member of the New England Sculptors Association and the National Sculpture Society. In recent years he has received awards from national and regional shows and exhibitions. His sculpture has been featured in several publications, and on Maine Television's Channel 6 News.

Recent Professional Juried Exhibitions and Shows

2020 National Sculpture Society "Elected Members Show" (on line show)
2020 National Sculpture Society "Works in Progress" (on line show)
2020 Hudson Valley Art Association 87th Annual Juried Exhibition
2020 National Sculpture Society 87th Annual Awards Exhibition
2018 New England Art Association received " Award of Excellence"
2018 HVAA 85th Juried Exhibition 1st Place Michael Gressel Memorial Award
2017 HVAA 84th Juried Exhibition 3rd Place Alfreda Montana Memorial Award
2016 Lewis Gallery Portland ME New England Sculptors Association
2015 National Sculpture Society 82nd Annual Awards Exhibition First Place Gold Medal Charlotte Geffken Prize
2016 Completed commission for the town of Oregon, IL a bronze Bas Relief 5'h x 8'w, Expedition of the Rock River Valley
2009–2012 Boston International Fine Art Show, Boston, MA
2011 Bridgewater State University, (Juried Show) for NESA
2009 Portsmouth Museum of Fine Arts, Portsmouth, NH
2007, 2009, 2010, Marking Art, Topsfield Public Library, Topsfield, MA
2007 New Hampshire Art Association Annual Show (Juried Exhibition), Honorable Mention