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Stephen (Steve) Poleskie

As I take my pen in hand, in ample leisure and complete retirement - in sound health too, though tired, so very tired that I shall hardy be able to proceed, save in small stages and with frequent pause for rest. . . .

Thomas Mann from Felix Krull

Helen Frankenthaler and Steve Poleskie at Chiron Press, 1964

FROM AN ORAL HISTORY INTERVIEW with Brice Marden, 1972 Oct. 3, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

BRICE MARDEN: I was in New York and I was really anxious to meet people and stuff like that. But it was still very difficult. I would go to openings; there was always Tuesday night openings, and I'd go to all these openings and I'd be the only person who would look at anything. Everybody else knew everybody, and I didn't know anybody. But then you start meeting people and I met a lot of people through Steve Poleskie and we were both painting along. That whole building was full of artists; it was 76 Jefferson Street, lots of really good people.

Poster from a 1971 Exhibition

Poster for a performance at the State University of New York Purchase

Poster for Poleskie show at The Palace of Culture, Warsaw, Poland, 1979

Poleskie trails smoke over New York City, ca 1987 Photo by Virginia Gardner

Professor Poleskie in his studio at Cornell University, 1985

ONE MUST RETREAT at my age into what one is; stop running after the dream images; condense; protect what the age assults or ignores.

John Fowles, 24 January 1966

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In Memory of Solo 1995 to 2009


STEPHEN (STEVE) POLESKIE IS AN ARTIST AND WRITER. His artwork is in the collections of numerous museums including the Metropolitan Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York; The National Collection, Washington, D. C., and the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Tate Gallery in London.

Over a career of fifty years Poleskieís artwork has been widely exhibited. Among the cities he has had his work shown, or done performances, are: New York, Boston, Cambridge, Providence, Washington D. C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Berkeley, Palo Alto, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, Reading, Pittsburgh, Toledo, Richmond, Williamsburg, San Antonio, and Miami, in the USA; London, Southampton, Loughborough, and the Isle of Wight in the UK; Rome, Milan, Bologna, Brescia, Como, Trento, Turin, Verona, and Palermo in Italy; Munich, Stuttgart, and Kassel, in Germany; Linz in Austria; Ljubljana, Zagreb, Maribor, and Belgrade, in the former Yugoslavia; Moscow and Saint Petersburg in Russia; Warsaw, Gdansk, and Lodz, in Poland; Tiblisi in the Republic of Georgia; Vilinus in Lithuania; Freetown in Sierra Leone; Stockholm in Sweden; Rio de Janeiro in Brazil; Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula in Honduras; Barcelona, Madrid, and Cadaque in Spain; Locarno in Switzerland; Varna in Bulgaria, Hong Kong in China, and Tokyo and Kyoto in Japan.

His writing, fiction and art criticism, has appeared in many journals both here and abroad. Among these are American Writing, BookPress, Essays & Fictions, Leonardo, Lightworks, Many Mountains Moving, OE, Pangolin Papers, Satire, Shiny, Skylark, SN Review, Straight, Sulphur River Literary Review, Q, and Wordwrights in the USA, D'Ars, and Spazio Humano in Italy, Himmelschrieber in Germany, and Imago in Australia. He has a short story in the anthology The Book of Love, from W. W. Norton, and has also been nominated for a Pushcart Prize award. A handmade book of his poetry, Sky, was printed by Loughborough College of Art in England.

His novel, The Balloonist, The Story of T. S. C. Lowe, Inventor, Scientist, Magician, and Father of the U. S. Air Force, was published by Frederic C. Beil, in 2007. He has since published four other books: The Third Candidate, 2008 a novel, Grater Life, 2009 a novel in stories, Vigilia's Tempest, 2010 a novel, and Acorn's Card, 2011 a novella and stories.

In addition to the thirty-three years he spent at Cornell University, Poleskie has taught, or been a visiting artist or professor at 26 colleges and art schools throughout the world, including: MIT, the School of Visual Arts in New York, RISD, and the University of California, Berkeley.

A skilled pilot, Poleskie attained an Air Transport Pilot's rating, and also was active in air show and stunt flying, and was a champion aerobatic pilot.

Stephen Poleskie currently is a professor emeritus at Cornell University. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his wife, the novelist, Jeanne Mackin.


Poleskie flies his Pitts Special biplane up the Hudson River during one of his "Aerial Theater" performances in the summer of 1978

Steve Poleskie in his studio at the American Academy in Rome, Italy, 1988

Steve Poleskie in the air collaborates with dancer Susan Barnard on ground for video performance. ca 1985

Stephen Poleskie signing copies of his book THE BALLOONIST at the National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC, June, 2007


SOMETIMES OUR BEST ENDEAVORS, most carefully planned and executed, do not work out. What went wrong? Sometimes something casually conceived and virtually "knocked off" is completely successful. Right is often wrong, and wrong right. Why do we love what we are doing, and hate it at the same time? Why do we put our works in public, and suffer both pride and embarrassment? Why do we try to say something about what we are doing, and then realize that we cannot?

Stephen Poleskie

To learn more about Stephen (Steve) Poleskie you can click on the headings at the top of the page or consult some of the following reference books.

Hildibrand, June (1967) Artists Proof, the Annual of Prints and Printmaking, Pratt Graphics Center, NY, and Barre Publishers, MA Silkscreen Printing by Steve Poleskie, p 78-82, 1 black and white reproduction A Note on Chiron Press, p 83-4

various authors (1968) Artists Proof, the Annual of Prints and Printmaking, Pratt Graphics Center, NY, and Barre Publishers, MA, Poleskie, Steve, tipped in screen print (4 colors) p 7

Biegeleisen, J. I. (1971) Screen Printing, Watson-Guptill Publications, New York, ISBN 0-237-44810-6, Poleskie, Steve, p 34, one black and white reproduction

Eichenberg, Fritz (1976) The Art of the Print, Harry N. Abrams, Publishers, New York, ISBN 0-8109-0103-X, Poleskie, Steve, p 489, 510-11, 578, one page reproduction (color) 542

Eichenberg, Fritz (1978) Lithography and Silkscreen, Harry N. Abrams, Publishers, New York, ISBN 0-8109-2095-6, Poleskie, Steve, p 123, 152-153, one page reproduction (color) 133

Images of an Era: the American Poster 1945-1975, National Collection of Fine Arts, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D. C., 1976, Poleskie, Steve, one page reproduction, (color) p 98, from MOMA Collection

American Art Directory, 50th Edition, edited by Jaques Cattell Press, R. R. Browker, New York & London, 1984, Poleskie, Steve, p 664

Ackerman, Diane (1985) On Extended Wings, Athenum, New York, ISBN 0-689-11540-7

Zeitlin, Marilyn, (1985) Steve Poleskie, Drawings and Collages, Marilyn Zietlin, introduction; Peter Frank, essay, Anderson Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, catalog, 11 black and white reproductions

Kimpel, Harald (1986) Himmelsschreiber, Dimensionen Eines Fluchtigen Mediums Jonas Verlag, Marburg, Germany, ISBN 3-922561-50-0, Poleskie, Steve, p 83, 105-114, 10 black and white reproductions

Crispolti, Enrico (1987) Steve Poleskie, Galleria Schneider, Roma, catalog, 1 color, 1 black and white reproduction

Krantz, Les (1987) The New York Art Review, Les Krantz, American References, Chicago, ISBN 0-913756-09-0, Poleskie, Steve, p 1016, reproduction, (black & white) p 1046

Foster, Stephen and Lurie, Alison (1989) Steve Poleskie, Artflyer, John Hansard Gallery, The University of Southampton, UK, 1989, catalog, 8 color reproductions

Meyer, Jon (1989) Steve Poleskie, Artflyer, Clemson University, catalog, 3 color, and 5 black and white reproductions

Dantzic, Cynthis Maris (1990) Design Dimensions, Prentice-Hall, New Jersey, ISBN 0-13-199985-0, Poleskie, Steve, p 296 reproduction (black & white)

Who's Who In American Art, 1991 -1992, 19th Edition, R.R. Bowker, New Providence, NJ, Poleskie, Stephen Francis, 884, also 1993, 94, 95, 96, etc.

Rebeschini, Claudio (1994) Crali Aeropittore, Electra, Milano, 1994, Poleskie, Steve, p 255, photograph of Poleskie, (black & white)

Corlett, Mary Lee (1994) The Prints of Roy Lichtenstein, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Hudson Hills Press, New York, ISBN 1-55595-105-8, Poleskie, Stephen, p 25, 80, 81, 82, 257,

Ackerman, Diane and Mackin, Jeanne (1998)The Book of Love, W. W. Norton, New York, ISBN 0-393-04589-7, Poleskie, Stephen F., Love and Janus Zyvka, short story, p 243-246

Mishlove, Jeffery (2000) The PK Man, A True Story of Mind Over Matter, Hampton Roads Publishers, Charlottesville, VA, ISBN 978-1571741837, Poleskie, Stephen, p 33-34

Overview, (2001) University of Buffalo Art Gallery, Buffalo, Steve Poleskie, p 49, one color reproduction

Pisano, Dominick A. editor (2003) The Airplane in American Culture, The University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, ISBN 0-472-09833-0, Poleskie, Steve, p 283

various authors (2006) Die Sichtbarkeeit Der Schrift, Fink Wilhelm Gmbh + Co.KG, ISBN 978-3770542505, Poleskie, Steve, Artflyer, p 53

Goodwin Susan W. and Whitley, Peggy J. (2007) 99 Jumpstarts for Kids, Libraries Unlimited, ISBN 978-1591584032

Who's Who in the World 2010, 2011, Marquis, New Providence, NJ, ISBN 978-0-8379-1143-4


Selected Works

Novella and Stories
Acorn's Card
An AWOL soldier returns to the world after thirty-three years of hiding in his motherís attic. An immigrant plumber bribes a policeman with a loaf of bread. And a plastic garbage bag flies around the sky looking for a new beginning, in these three out of the ordinary tales of living in America.
Vigilia's Tempest
A well-known American stunt pilot, and university professor, meets a strange old man named Caliban who tells him the story of his twin brother who as a young boy flew with Charles Lindbergh as his secret copilot on his famous solo trans-Atlantic flight.
The Balloonist, The Story of T.S.C. Lowe, Inventor, Scientist, Magician, and Father of the U.S. Air Force.
Thaddeus Sobieski Coulincourt Lowe (1823−1913) was called by Carl Sandburg "the most shot-at man of the Civil War."
The Third Candidate
An unemployed actor answers an ad for a rent-free apartment and finds himself involved in a bizarre scheme to rig an election.
Novel in Stories
Grater Life
A collection of short stories, interwoven into a dialog between a volunteer hospital visitor and a patient afflicted with AIDS.
Selected Short Stories
Fragile Things
This story appeared in the Spring 2009 print issue of SN Review
Aristotle Thinking
This story appeared in Essays & Fictions, Summer 2010, and in Fiction Daily
My Son the Philosopher
A short story that appeared in SATIRE magazine in 1997
Marta's White Painting
A story that appeared in Imago, the Australian literary magazine
Cemetery Watcher
A short story published in the Sulphur River Literary Review, Austin, TX
A short story in the Print Annual of Many Mountains Moving, a Literary Journal, 2008-9, nominated for a Pushcart Prize
Victory Parade
A short story published in Wordwrights, a literary magazine from Washington, D. C.

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