A resident of Bucks County since 1966, Steven Snyder has been sculpting stone since 1981. Self-taught, he entered stone sculpting through his work as a stone mason which he began in 1976. Fascinated by early Pennsylvania stone architecture, the diversity of indigenous stone in Bucks County, and the tradition of stone carving and shaping in this region, he began exploring form and texture through simple carvings in native stone.
His work includes the carving of three large sandstone murals on the exterior of the Jewish Center of Princeton in Princeton, New Jersey, in 1984. In 1994 he traveled to Quitman, Mississippi, to do a reproduction of a classic Bucks County farm house which was featured in Fine Homebuilding Magazine, ("Laying up Stone Veneer," November, 1994). Country Living Magazine did a cover story on Snyder's Bucks County Pennsylvania sculpture garden, studio and home featuring his sculpture and stone carvings ("A Sculptor's Sanctuary," August, 1996) and in 2001, HGTV's "Our Place" showcased his work as well.
Each spring, Snyder opened his sculpture garden and studio to the public for a showing of his most recent works. His studio (Cedar Maze) and residence have moved. Shows will be held at Paul Steinbeiser's Farm and Nursery in Frenchtown, NJ. Snyder now resides in Ottsville, PA.
Current show dates and times: September 28, 29 and October 5, 6, 2019, Steinbeiser's Farm, 718 County Road 519, Frenchtown, NJ 08825, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Opening Reception Friday, September 27, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Rain/Shine/Free.
Snyder has also found a home for some of his sculpture and fountains at Kind Earth Growers/Parkside Greenhouse at 2503 Mountain View Drive, Ottsville, PA, 18942, open weekends 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on an on-going basis, closed January through March.
Snyder's works were included in the 38th Annual Bucks County Sculpture Show, November 5 to 22, 2015, at The New Hope Winery as well as "Form in Space," curated by Renzo Faggioli, at the Payne Gallery of Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania from December 4, 2008 to January 25, 2009. Past shows include the Phillips Mill Art Show in 1983, 1984, 1994 and 1995 at Phillips Mill in New Hope, Pennsylvania, Ralph Stover Mill Gallery in 1996 in Erwinna, Pennsylvania; and two shows in 1996 at Park Slope Framing and Gallery in Brooklyn, New York. Executed in marble and granite, "Cody" was commissioned by the Central Bucks School District for public display in 1994 at Buckingham Elementary School. He served as an artist in residence there in 1994.
Commissioned by The Thompson Organization and family for a sculpture in honor of the millennium for the town of Doylestown, in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Snyder's sculpture, "Look to the Future Through the Past," is permanently installed outdoors at the corners of Broad and Court Streets. His sculptures are included in the permanent collection of The Children's Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, NJ. His work is also collected privately throughout the United States.