Panel Discussion: Who is Charles Steffen?

June 10, 2010

Free and open to the public

In conjunction with Life Lines: The Drawings of Charles Steffen, Intuit presents a panel discussion about the life and art of Charles Steffen. Steffen dedicated a large portion of his time towards drawing and amassed a body of over 2,000 pieces. Of the thousands of drawings, only works from the last six years of his life, 1989-1995, have survived. His oeuvre would have been lost completely if it had not been for the efforts of his nephew, Christopher Preissing, who took an interest in his uncle’s creations. Thanks to Preissing and gallery owner Russell Bowman, a fair amount of Steffen’s drawings were saved and brought to public attention. Panelists include Russell Bowman, curator Eugenie Johnson, and Christopher Preissing. Randy Vick, Associate Professor of Art Therapy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago will serve as the moderator for this discussion.