Since the mid-1980s, Stephen Tomasko has made photographs of America, creating bodies of work with subjects as diverse as the unexpected life and jubilant celebrations occurring on its streets, the dynamic beauty and strangeness of its county fairs, and the over-the-top glory of its flowering gardens.
Tomasko’s work is held in collections nationally and internationally. This work has been the subject of gallery exhibitions for over twenty-five years. His images have been shown in venues ranging from Los Angeles, California, to Adelaide, Australia, to Paris, France. Recent solo exhibitions have been at The University of Michigan’s Matthaei Gallery in Ann Arbor, Michigan (2009); The Little Gallery, Bowling Green State University, Huron, Ohio (2010); The Guren Gallery at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens (2012); The Schnormeier Gallery at Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Mount Vernon, Ohio (2013); and the artseen gallery, Vermilion, Ohio (2014). A selection of images is currently included in the show “All Play, No Work” at the Riffe Gallery, Columbus, Ohio (summer 2015).
In 2011, a group of his flowering images was purchased by the Akron Art Museum for its permanent collection, and later that year, selections were shown in the museum’s exhibition “Flora”. In 2013, Tomasko was awarded an Individual Excellence Award with an accompanying grant from the Ohio Arts Council. In 2014, his book Delira and Excira was published by Shanti Arts Publishing.BACK TO PHOTO