Biography


STEVEN ALVIN HEFFNER was born in York, Pennsylvania, in 1952.

He attended and completed a three-year study program at the York Academy of Art under the instruction of William Falkler.

A farm boy, Steven grew up in the River Hills of Southern York County and in the Pine Creek Gorge of Lycoming County.

Accomplished in a wide variety of styles, Heffner defines eclectic. His steel sculptures are bold and directional as is his striking style of post-impressionistic painting.

Heffner’s style can best be defined as boldly traditional impressionism reaching into the light, grounded in the good earth.

In addition to Heffner’s passion for art, he and his wife, Patricia, own and operate a toy train business. B&E Junction Electric Trains is located in downtown York, PA.

Not only is Heffner an artist and business-owner, he has operated his own construction company. He has been a model-maker, a furniture designer, a machinist, a preparator, a carpenter, a welder, an accomplished illustrator, and graphic designer. Previously, Steven was the director of The Commerce Fine Art Studio, and is currently the director of Studio 323 in downtown York.

Steven finds himself drawn to the Southwestern deserts and the Caribbean Islands, but his first love will always be the Susquehanna Valley.

EDUCATION

2007 : Pottery Classes, Terra Opera Pottery
2007 : Grant Writing Seminar, Martin Memorial Library
1984 : York County Vo-Tech, Adult Education Night School Course in Advanced Drafting
1970-1973 : York Academy of Arts, Fine Arts Major
1969-1970 : York County Vo-Tech, Illustration Major
1965-1968 : Red Lion Area High School, College Preparatory

AWARDS

1973 : 1st Place, Oil Painting – Representational
1973 : 1st Place, Windsor & Newton Professional Oil Painting Award
1973 : 1st Place, Applied Media – Welded Sculpture
Y.A.A. 2010 Annual Fall Member’s Exhibit   HONORABLE MENTION   for: “Golden Venture” Aug.29, 2010
Y.A.A. 40th Annual Open Juried Exhibit  AWARD OF EXCELLENCE  for: “New Freedom” Oct.10, 2010
Y.A.A. Celebrate Creativity Exhibit   HONORABLE MENTION  for: “Spirit of the Susquehannock” Jan.16, 2011
Y.A.A. National Abstract Art Exhibit  FIRST PLACE  for: “Hood Boys” Feb.13, 2011
Y.A.A. 2011 Inspired by the Masters Exhibit   SECOND PLACE  for: “Translucent Veil” (inspired by Mark Rothko) April 17, 2011
Y.A.A.2011 Large Works Exhibit  HONORABLE MENTION for: “Susquehanna Transition” July 24th, 2011
Y.A.A. 2011 Annual  Fall Member’s Exhibit  FIRST PLACE for: ” Susquehanna Wedding View” Sept.11th, 2011
Marietta Art House ‘Rivertowns Reviewed Exhibition’  JUROR’S AWARD OF EXCELLENCE  for: “Susquehanna Wedding Morning” Nov.1st, 2011
Y.A.A. 106th Spring Members Show  HONORABLE MENTION  for: “Mustang Over Normandy” May 6th, 2012
Rotler Recipient : for “Morning from Wrightsville” and “View from Tucquan”

EXHIBITION HISTORY

Crossing The Channel – When Steven was a small boy in 1958… The movie classic ‘The Vikings’ made such a strong impression on his young mind that 10 years later in 1969, he painted this Viking Long Ship from memory. As a small child he could simply not understand why there were no Viking ships in the Susquehanna.

FEB 2008 : Sculpture Exhibit • Mid Atlantic Garden Show
JAN 2008 : Solo Show • Blue Moon Gallery • York, PA
DEC 07 – JAN 08 : Small Works Members Show • YorkArts • York, PA
SEP – OCT 2007 : Solo Show • Yorktowne Hotel • York, PA
SEP – OCT 2007 : Bethany Beach, DE
SEP – OCT 2007 : Solo Show • York Little Theatre • York, PA
SEP 2007 : New Freedom Festival • New Freedom, PA
AUG 2007 : Yorkfest • York, PA
JUL 2007 : Solo Show • National Grill Gallery • York, PA
APR – JUN 2007 : Spring Group Exhibition • Studio Gallery 234 • York, PA
APR 2007 : Art in Residence • York, PA
DEC 06 – JAN 07 : Small Works Members Show • YorkArts • York, PA
2007 : Solo Show • Blue Moon Gallery • York, PA
AUG 2006 : Group Show • Studio Gallery 234 • York, PA
MAY 2006 : Solo Show • Golden Venture Film Premiere @ Strand Capitol • York, PA
2006 : Solo Show • Iron Gate Gallery • York, PA
DEC 05 – JAN 06 : Small Works Members Show • YorkArts • York, PA
DEC 2005 : “Rising Stars” Group Show • Commerce Fine Arts Studio • York, PA
2005 : Small Works Exhibit • City Art Studio Gallery • York, PA

OTHER RELEVANT EXPERIENCE

2008-Present : Spearheading GG-1 acquisition of display in York City

2005-Present : Ardent promoter of Rail Link between York and Baltimore

1997-2007 : Owner, B & E Electric Trains
National and international retailing

1986-1997 : Owner, Steven Heffner General Contractor

1983-1986 : Design Consultant, Cole Division Joyce International (formerly Litton)
Responsible for all prototypes and models for design department. Worked with clay, foam, rigid foam, wood, plaster molds, fiberglass casts, upholstery, templates, and scale models in cooperation with designers, engineers, vendors, pattern-makers, sheet metal workers and upholsterers.

1981-1982: Designer/Salesman, Susquehanna Broadcasting (York Cable TV)
Designed sets and wrote & directed commercials. Designed and constructed displays utilizing video units and graphic designs.

1976-1981 : Machine Operator, Bowen McLaughlin
Gained experience with set-ups and special tooling, complex machine shop blueprints, and precision inspection tools. Also learned operation of various machines and large custom-built machinery.

1975-1976 : Art Director/Illustrator/Graphic & Display Designer, Weber Advertising

1974-1975 : Art Director/Assistant Curator/Display Designer/Preparator, Historical Society of York County

1973 : Illustrator/Set Designer/Photographer/Printer, WHP-TV

1973 : Paste-up/Layout/Technical Illustrator/Photo Corrector, York Color Systems