Stephen Hendee

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Stephen Hendee (California, US 1968) is a sculptor best known for producing large-scale architecturally ambitious installations. Inspired by digital culture, he is considered a pioneering figure in the low-poly aesthetic, conveying vectorized properties to physical objects and materials, creating real-world simulations of virtual reality space. The constructed works often reference film and literary sources.

His work has been exhibited at PS.1 Contemporary Art Center, the New Museum, Sculpture Center LIC, and the Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria in New York. Other national exhibitions include those at the Smart Museum, Chicago; the St. Louis Art Museum; and Rice University Art Gallery, Houston.

Hendee is a professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. Recent awards include a 2019 National Endowment for the Arts ArtWorks Grant. Recent exhibitions include a permanent installation at Meow Wolf Omega Mart in Las Vegas, NV, which opened its doors in 2021, and a commissioned installation for The High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon viewable until November 27, 2022.


  • Stanford University MFA
  • San Francisco Art Institute BFA
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago


  • 2021 HEMI Research Fellowship Johns Hopkins University
  • 2019 NEA ArtWorks Grant
  • 2017 MSAC Individual Artist Award in Visual Arts: Sculpture / Installation
  • 2014 MSAC Individual Artist Award in Visual Arts: Sculpture
  • 2014 Clark Hulings Fund Finalist
  • 2010 Nevada Arts Council Jackpot Grant
  • 2008 Cirque du Soleil Community Support Grant
  • 2007 Nevada Arts Council Artist Fellowship Grant
  • 2005 Nevada Arts Council Jackpot Grant
  • 2000 New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship
  • 1999 Louis Comfort Tiffany Award
  • 1999 Elizabeth Foundation Grant
  • 1998 Pollock-¬≠Krasner Foundation Grant
  • 1998 Kirin Contemporary Award, Japan
  • 1992 Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship in the Fine Arts
  • 1990 Harold E. Weiner Sculpture Award, SFAI
  • 1989 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Scholarship


  • 2017 Virginia Center for the Creative Arts
  • 2016 Pollock-Krasner Mid-Career Artist Residency, Fine Arts Work Center
  • 2014 Willapa Bay
  • 2010 Goldwell Open Air Museum Residency
  • 2008 MacDowell Colony Fellowship
  • 2001 Headlands Center for the Arts
  • 1997 Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation
  • 1989 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture


Birmingham Museum of Art
Bloomberg Corporate Collection
Bombay Sapphire Collection
Cincinnati Art Museum
City of Las Vegas
Faulconer Gallery Grinnell College Art Collection
Houston Fine Arts Museum
Laguna Art Museum
The Lincoln Motor Company Collection
Meow Wolf
Microsoft Art Collection
Portland Art Museum
San Jose Art Museum
Washington DC Convention Center