Steve Snell



I like to call my art practice adventure art. I use the term to describe a performance-based action of adventure, in which I (or someone else) use creativity and imagination to have an exciting and remarkable experience. These experiences are then transformed and perpetuated through popular, social, and artistic media, resulting in a larger network of drawings, paintings, photographs, videos, news media, and good old-fashioned storytelling. Basically, a corresponding and often ideal image of adventure is created to suit.

In this project, the community of Spartanburg, South Carolina was invited to take on the heroic role of Mikey, from the movie, The Goonies. This is Cathy’s time.


Steve Snell (b. 1983) grew up in the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio where he watched a ton of great television and often rode his bike to Taco Bell. He graduated from Miami University in 2006 with a B.F.A. in Painting and a B.S. in Art Education. In 2011, Steve received his M.F.A. in Studio Art from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he was a recipient of the Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship. He has been an Artist-in-Residence at the HUB-BUB in Spartanburg, South Carolina, the Wassaic Project in Wassaic, NY, the KHN Center for the Arts in Nebraska City, NE and along the Chilkoot Trail in Alaska and British Columbia, which was sponsored by the National Parks Service and Parks Canada. Steve is currently on the faculty at Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska, where he teaches painting, digital media, art history, and adventure-art. His work has been shown in galleries and film festivals throughout the United States.