About the Artist

Steph Hargrove is a painter and installation artist engaged in social practice art. She creates large-scale installations to illustrate statistics involving social and environmental issues using found objects and upcycled materials.

Steph graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Art and Performance from the University of Texas at Dallas. Steph’s work has been shown at Dunedin Fine Arts Center, Creative Pinellas, Craighead Green, Ro2 Art, UTD Spin Gallery, the MAC, Beefhaus, 500x, Green Bandana, Trans.lation, the UTD Art Barn, and IndieWalls. Steph has pieces in public and private collections throughout the United States.

Steph relocated from Dallas, Texas to a beautiful beach in Isabela, Puerto Rico with her husband and wiener dog to make art next to the ocean. Unfortunately, Hurricane Maria forced her to evacuate Puerto Rico and start a new adventure in Florida. Steph is loving her beach life in Clearwater and the ocean continues to inspire much of her work.

Steph has been raising funds and awareness through art since 2012. She was the market coordinator and a member of the steering committee for Trans.lation, a social practice project led by Rick Lowe and sponsored by the Nasher Sculpture Center. She is the founder and sole fundraiser of the arts education program at a school for orphans in Kenya and has successfully maintained that program since 2014.  CauseFlowers wall sculptures were designed for Rainforest Trust and saved 100 acres in 2017. Donations were made to Population Services International, Ocean Conservancy, Rainforest Trust, The Sato Project, and the arts program in Kenya through the sale of handmade items and photography in 2018. Steph is a 2020 Creative Pinellas emerging artist grantee. Current projects include an art series that supports Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, multiple large-scale installation projects that feature environmental statistics, and a community outreach project that seeks to improve mental health for at-risk groups in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Take a virtual tour of Steph's studio hosted by Creative Pinellas