Austin Stewart

Austin Stewart is an artist whose work critically considers the dynamic relationships between technology, culture, human behavior, and ecological crises. The work is best defined as SocialPractice and manifests in a variety of different media from video to robotics, performance to software design, and from virtual reality for chickens to vegetated floating islands. He frequently collaborates on projects with other artists, musicians, designers, and scientists. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Iowa State University teaching in the Department of Art and Visual Culture. He received his BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and his MFA from The Ohio State University.

His work has been selected to appear in the 18th Annual Japan Media Arts Festival; ISEA 2015; at the Science Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin; Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg; Dutch Design Week 2017; among others. In 2015 he was recognized by the Des Moines Art Center as part of the Iowa Artist series. His work has been featured extensively by the international press including, The Economist, The Guardian, Le Monde, The Smithsonian, Vox.com, and other outlets.

“Artists and scientists are both asking questions about the world, they’re just doing it in different ways”
Alex Braidwood
Director, Iowa Lakeside Lab Artists-in-Residence Program
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