stephen canneto - artist

My relationship to sculpture is rooted in my love of the natural world and the built environment, the juxtaposition and tension between nature and technology.  I am fascinated by our need to create and our propensity to destroy. I draw inspiration, hope and encouragement from the positive life forces that inexorably bind us and all things together.

Through art making I explore an intriguing paradox of the human condition – our inexorable need for each other, our desire to nurture and our propensity to extinguish those things we hold sacred. My goal is to create places of meaning which instill memorable experiences that impact individuals and communities long into the future.”


Selected Canneto collections include: the cities of Beachwood and Columbus Ohio, Dresden Germany, Herzliya Israel and Rockville Maryland the Leningrad Kirov Ballet, Expo 92 Seville, American Embassy Egypt, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Franklin University, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, Huntington National Bank, Mount Carmel Health, Ohio Chamber of Commerce and The Ohio Department of Education.

Awards include: the American Institute of Landscape Architects Honor Award, Beaux Arts Liturgical Award, Freedom Arts Award, the State of Ohio Gold Star Award and Rotary International Service Award for Professional Excellence.

Stephen and ArtSafe have received over 15 grants from the Ohio Arts Council.

“My public art works are site-engendered. They draw inspiration and meaning from the place they occupy, its history, geography, natural and built environment, vision for its uses and stories we tell. I draw from my life’s multifaceted experiences: childhood growing up on the ocean, projects in my father’s woodworking shop, my service in the US and Israeli militaries where I witnessed  the consequences of war, as a project manager constructing buildings and bridges for United States Steel Corp. Most importantly from ArtSafe, the Service Media focused foundation I created and directed for 16 years. Its programs helped youth in inner-city schools and prisons heal from the impacts of violence and grow to be productive members of their communities.

As place maker I am sensitive to the role of Artist as interpreter of a community’s social, environmental, and historical contexts. As a seasoned listener, highly experienced collaborating with design teams, government and community representatives, I am committed to creating Public Art that uniquely reflects the host, site and community.”

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