Steve Loar

  • Director, Center for Turning and Furniture Design

    Steve Loar is widely recognized as one of the primary innovators in the development of the field of contemporary woodturning. Steve’s teaching expertise is three-dimensional design, with special interests in introductory design curriculum, creativity, teams, and the issues of transition to college. He has recently been engaged in promoting the use of recycled plastic in making artwork, especially sculptural animals. In 2009, a study abroad class cleaned up two mile-long beaches in the Bahamas, and used the materials to mount an exhibition in Nassau. In 2010, he will continue this work with an IUP group traveling to Perth, Scotland. See more at IUP (search “plastic”), and One Island, as well as Center Works.

    Steve has work featured in over 30 books and 149 exhibitions and has work in 15 significant museum and private collections. With 49 published articles, Steve recently completed the anchor essays that explore the theme “Significant Moments in Contemporary Woodturning” for a book celebrating the 25th anniversary of the American Association of Woodturners. Steve was recognized as 2008 Researcher of the Year for the IUP College of Fine Arts, having recently topped over $2,000,000 in facilitated awards. Loar joined IUP after retiring as a professor from the Rochester Institute of Technology (N.Y.). He is past director of RIT’s School of Art, School of Design, and School for American Crafts, having previously been the chairman of the School for American Crafts.

    MA in Design Studio, College of Visual Art, Northern Illinois University, Ill.
    BS in Studio Art, College of Visual Art, Murray State University, Ky.