The following information was submitted in July of 2006 by the artist:
I was born an identical twin, in Detroit, Michigan, on April 28th, 1942. Our family lived there during all my growing-up years. Leonard Frenkel and Lillian (Hersh) Frenkel were my parents. My parents and brother, Alan, are all deceased.
I attended Schulze Elementary through the 8th grade and then Mumford High School through graduation in 1960. My college years were spent at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design in 1965.
My first career was in the fine paper business and I was employed by both paper distributors and mills through the early1980's. In1983 I earned a certificate in graphic design at Atlanta's Portfolio Center. For the next dozen or so years I practiced graphic design, primarily as a freelancer. When design practice went entirely to the computer I chose to leave the field.
I'd begun to paint in 1991. As my graphic design work faded away I began to work in art galleries, at a book publisher and at graphic design production. I painted evenings and weekends. In early 1997 my first wife and I ended our marriage of 31 years. Since then I've been able to spend most of my time on my fine art career. In October of 1999 I married Donna (Culpepper) Frenkel. Donna is an analyst for an international insurance company and a promising writer. Our home, including my studio, is in Marietta, GA. Between us we have four children and three grandchildren.
I've been showing my work since the early1990's , primarily in commercial galleries and have participated in dozens of curated and juried shows. I've shown my art in Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia. Since 1997 I've been published three times in New American Paintings and once in American Art Collector (Alcove Books). My work can be found in over 150 private, corporate and public collections.
May - July, 2006 / Steve Frenkel: Selected Works, 1986 - 2006 /Chattahoochee Valley Art Museum, LaGrange, GA
October - December, 2001 / Imaginary Places / Steinway Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC
November, 1993 / Selected Works / Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Atlanta, GA
April, 1993 / Personal Archeology / Gallery 300, Atlanta, GA
December, 1992 / Roadworks / AIA Architectural Book Center, Atlanta, GA
June - July, 2004 / Opus One Gallery, Atlanta, Ga (with Cynthia Fusillo)
July - August, 2003 / Opus One Gallery, Atlanta, GA (with Jack Delany)
March - April, 1998 / Steinway Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC (with Emily Wood)
Selected Group Exibitions:
January - March, 2006 / Metro Montage VI / Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, Marietta, GA Elsie Dresch & Clara Blalock, Jurors
June - July, 2005 / New Blood 4 / Finer Things Gallery, Nashville, TN
November, 2004 - January, 2005 / Little Things Mean a Lot / Swan Coach House Gallery, Atlanta, GA Marianne Lambert, Curator
May - June, 2004 / New Blood 3 / Finer Things Gallery, Nashville, TN
March - April, 2004 / LaGrange National XXIII Exhibition / Chattahoochee Valley Art Museum, LaGrange, GA / Eleanor Heartney, Juror
January - February, 2004 / Metro Montage IV / Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, Marietta, GA Marianne Lambert, Juror
January - March, 2003 / Metro Montage III / Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, Marietta, GA Edward Spriggs, Juror / Museum Purchase Award
April - May, 2002 / On the Move: Transportation Imagery in Art / Swan Coach House Gallery, Atlanta, GA / Marianne Lambert, Curator
March - April, 2002 / Valdosta National 2002 / Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA Paul Rutkovsky, Juror
January - March, 2002 / Metro Montage II / Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, Marietta, GA Suzanne Katz, Juror
March - April, 2001 / Old Genre / New South: Perspectives on Contemporary Southern Still Life / Swan Coach House Gallery, Atlanta, GA / Marianne Lambert, Curator
January - March, 2001 / Metro Montage: Regional Artists / Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, Marietta, GA / Donald Keyes, Juror
January - February, 2001 / Winter Show / Opus One Gallery, Atlanta, GA
June, 2000 / 44th Annual June Art Exhibit / Wassenberg Art Center, Van Wert, OH / Judith Greavu & Julia Taggart, Jurors
March, 1999 / Valdosta Works on Paper, XI / Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA Mark Messersmith, Juror / Honorable Mention
February, 1998 / Spotlight on Southern Artists XVII / Atlanta, GA / Temme Barkin-Leeds, Curator
October, 1993 / 1st Annual Genesis Show / Roswell Fine Arts Alliance, Roswell, GA
Hubert Shuptrine, Juror
December, 1991 / 2nd Annual Small Works Show / Exhibit A Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Patricia Nelson, Curator
My paintings and drawings can be found in over 150 private, corporate and museum collections, including Mr. Christopher Lloyd, Mr. Moeen Qureshi, Persons Properties, Daniel Smith Inc., Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Childress Klein Properties, Wellington Management and the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art and the Chattahoochee Valley Art Museum
June, 2005 / New American Paintings, Volume 58: 10th Southern Competition / The Open Studios Press, Boston, MA / Three paintings & biography, pages 54-57, Beth Venn, Juror.
June-July, 2005 / American Art Collector, Juried Competition of New Work / Volume 1, Book 4 - Southern States / Alcove Books, Berkeley, CA / One painting & artist's statement, page 33, Tom Palmer, Editor.
July, 2003 / New American Paintings, Volume 46: 8th Southern Competition / Open Studios Press, Boston, MA. Three paintings & biography, pages 46 - 49. Ron Platt, Juror.
April, 2002 / Daniel Smith Summer 2002 Catalog / Daniel Smith Inc., Seattle, WA / Painting selected for the front cover by jury.
November 2, 2001 / The Herald-Sun / The Herald-Sun Newspapers, Durham, NC / Chapel Hill offers variety of art, a review by Blue Greenberg, page D3 of PREVIEW, covers three exhibitions including my solo show at the Steinway Gallery and features a color reproduction of Big Dip Postcard.
October 31, 2001 / Independent Weekly / Carolina Independent Publishing, Inc., Durham, NC
A review of my Steinway Gallery solo show entitled, Inside the Lines by Nathan Gelgud, appears on page 51 and features a color reproduction of Teacup, Minnesota Postcard.
March 30, 2001 / Atlanta-Constitution / Atlanta newspapers, Atlanta, GA / Beyond Fruits: Pens, jugs as new still lifes, a review by Catherine Fox, on page Q8, covers the Old Genre/New South exhibition at the Swan Coach House Gallery and includes favorable comments on my drawing, Generations.
March, 2000 / Bluemilk Magazine, Vol. 3, No. 1 / The Bluemilk Group, Atlanta, GA / Three paintings selected, pages 4 & 7.
December, 1998 / Bluemilk Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 6 / The Bluemilk Group, Atlanta, GA / Two paintings selected, front cover & page 14.
Winter, 1997 / New American Paintings IX: 2nd Southern Competition / Open Studios Press, Wellesley, MA. / Four paintings, pages 40 & 41, biography, page 118. James Rondeau, Juror.
Summer, 1996 / Best of Acrylic Painting / Rockport Publishers, Rockport, MA / Painting, page 55, selected by jury.
Fall, 1995 / Home for the Holidays / Peachtree Publishers, Atlanta, GA / Painting commissioned for book jacket.
1983 / The Portfolio Center, Atlanta, GA / Diploma in Visual Communications
1965 / The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI / Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design; Tau Sigma Delta Honorary; Campbell-Ewald Fellowship in Graphic Design