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As I take my pen in hand, in ample leisure and complete retirement - in sound health too, though tired, so very tired that I shall hardly be able to proceed, save in small stages and with frequent pause for rest. . . .

Thomas Mann from Felix Krull

3 Prints from the 1960s

"Ogunquit" screen print, ca 1965. This Poleskie print was used as a poster for the Paris Review. To see poster click on link below.


FROM AN ORAL HISTORY INTERVIEW with Brice Marden, 1972 Oct. 3, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

BRICE MARDEN: I was in New York and I was really anxious to meet people and stuff like that. But it was still very difficult. I would go to openings; there was always Tuesday night openings, and I'd go to all these openings and I'd be the only person who would look at anything. Everybody else knew everybody, and I didn't know anybody. But then you start meeting people and I met a lot of people through Steve Poleskie and we were both painting along. That whole building was full of artists; it was 76 Jefferson Street, lots of really good people.

Poster for a performance at the State University of New York Purchase

ONE MUST RETREAT at my age into what one is; stop running after the dream images; condense; protect what the age assults or ignores.

John Fowles, 24 January 1966

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In Memory of Sidney 1999 to 2014


STEPHEN (STEVE) POLESKIE IS AN ARTIST AND WRITER. His artwork is in the collections of numerous museums including the Metropolitan Museum, the Whitney Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York; The National Collection, Washington, D. C., The Walker Art Gallery in Minneapolis, Milwaukee Art Museum, Detroit Institute of Art, The Neuberger Museum, Muscarelle Museum of Art, the HF Johnson Museum, The Brooks Memorial Art Gallery in Memphis, The Museum of Modern Art, Mexico, D.F., The State Museum in Lodz, Poland, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Tate Gallery in London, John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton, UK, and the Caproni Museum, Trento, Alternative Museum, Lido de Spigna, and Castel Vecchio, Verona, all in Italy.

Over a career spanning more than fifty years Poleskieís artwork has been exhibited widely. Among the cities he has had his work shown, or done performances, are: New York, Boston, Cambridge, Providence, Chicago, Washington D. C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland, Palo Alto, Sonoma, Houston, Hartford, Springfield, Pittsfield, Seattle, Portland, Philadelphia, Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, Reading, Pittsburgh, Kutztown, Berwick, Chambersburg, Toledo, Richmond, Williamsburg, Utica, Memphis, Albany, Binghamton, Brockport, Buffalo, Cortland, Hammonsport, Hamilton, Ithaca, Oswego, Rochester, Syracuse, Spokane, San Antonio, Houston, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and Honolulu in the USA; Montreal, Toronto, and Victoria, in Canada; London, Cheltenham, Southampton, Loughborough, and the Isle of Wight in England; Glasgow in Scotland; Rome, Milan, Bologna, Brescia, Como, Trento, Turino, Verona, Lido di Spigna, Pallanza, and Palermo in Italy; Berlin, Munich, Stuttgart, and Kassel, in Germany; Linz in Austria; Ljubljana, Zagreb, Maribor, Rijeka, and Belgrade in the former Yugoslavia; Moscow and Saint Petersburg in Russia; Warsaw, Gdansk, and Lodz, in Poland; Mexico City, in Mexico; Tbilisi in the Republic of Georgia; Vilnius in Lithuania; Freetown in Sierra Leone; Stockholm in Sweden; Rio de Janeiro in Brazil; Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula in Honduras; Barcelona, Madrid, and Cadaque in Spain; Locarno, and Cannobio in Switzerland; Toulouse in France; Varna in Bulgaria; Budapest in Hungary; Seoul in South Korea; Hong Kong in China; and Tokyo and Kyoto in Japan.

His writing, fiction, nonfiction, art criticism and poetry, has appeared in many literary journals both here and abroad. Among these are American Writing, Art Criticism, Bombay Gin, BookPress, Crack the Spine, Dove Tales, Editions Bibliotekos, El Portal, Essays & Fictions, Euphony, Fiction International, Former People, Ginosko, Grey Sparrow, Jonah, Leonardo, Lightworks, Many Mountains Moving, Marathon, Midway, Oddball, Onager Editions, Pangolin Papers, Peacock Journal, Poem in your Pocket, Porter Gulch Review, Ragazine, Satire, Shiny, Skylark, SN Review, Still Points Quarterly, Straight, Streetlight, Sulphur River Literary Review, Tangent, Q, Wayfarer, Wilderness House Literary Review, and Wordwrights in the USA; D'Ars, and Spazio Humano in Italy; Himmelschrieber and SAND Journal in Germany; In Other Words: Merida, OFI Press, and SOL Literary Review, in Mexico; Imago in Australia; The Prague Review, in the Czech Republic, The Luxembourg Review in Luxembourg, and The Criterion and Odd Magazine, in India. He has a short story in five anthologies; Dove Tales, Being Human: Call of the Wild, From the Finger Lakes (both fiction and poetry) and The Book of Love, W. W. Norton, and has been three times nominated for a Pushcart Prize. A handmade book of his poetry, Sky, was printed at Loughborough College of Art and Design in England. A copy of this book is in the Rare Book Collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

His debut novel, The Balloonist, The Story of T. S. C. Lowe, Inventor, Scientist, Magician, and Father of the U. S. Air Force, was published by Frederic C. Beil, in 2007. He has since published six other books: The Third Candidate, 2008 a novel, Grater Life, 2009 a novel in stories, Vigilia's Tempest, 2010 a novel, Acorn's Card, 2011 a novella and stories, and the novels Sconto Walaa, 2012 and Foozler Runs 2013.

In addition to the thirty-three years he spent teaching at Cornell University, Poleskie has taught, or been a visiting artist or professor at 26 other colleges and art schools throughout the world, including: MIT, the School of Visual Arts and the Pratt Manhattan Graphics Center in New York City, Rhode Island School of Design, the University of California/​Berkeley, William and Mary College, Alfred University, Hobart College, Colgate University, Berkshire College, Hamilton College, Dartmouth College, Albright College, Virginia Commonwealth University, Saint Mary's College, Hofstra University, Clemson University, South Dakota State University, Keystone College, Marywood University, Wilkes University, Penn State University, California State University/​Sonoma, SUNY Brockport, SUNY Binghamton, SUNY Oswego, SUNY Cortland, Kutztown University, and the Institute of Fine Arts, Tegucigalpa, Honduras. He has also been a resident at the American Academy in Rome. Poleskie did a one month Guest Artist tour of the former Soviet Union, and another of the former Yugoslavia, and one in Honduras for the United States Information Agency.

A skilled pilot, Poleskie attained an Air Transport Pilot's rating, and also was active in air show and stunt flying, even appearing at the Pittsburgh Air Show on the same program as the US Navy Blue Angels. As a competition aerobatic pilot Poleskie won many titles, including the 1977 Canadian Open Aerobatic Championship.

Stephen Poleskie is a professor emeritus at Cornell University. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his wife, the novelist, Jeanne Mackin.


Some Links to Poleskie on Radio, TV and the Internet

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Photos: including Sky Art Events, and exhibitions. Photos of artworks can be found on subsequent pages.


Stephen Poleskie signing copies of his book THE BALLOONIST at the National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC, June, 2007


SOMETIMES OUR BEST ENDEAVORS, most carefully planned and executed, do not work out. What went wrong? Sometimes something casually conceived and virtually "knocked off" is completely successful. Right is often wrong, and wrong right. Why do we love what we are doing, and hate it at the same time? Why do we put our works in public, and suffer both pride and embarrassment? Why do we try to say something about what we are doing, and then realize that we cannot?

Stephen Poleskie

To learn more about Stephen (Steve) Poleskie you can click on the various headings at the top of this page. You can also find information about him in the reference books listed below.

Hildibrand, June (1967) ARTISTS PROOF, the Annual of Prints and Printmaking, Pratt Graphics Center, NY, and Barre Publishers, MA Silkscreen Printing by Steve Poleskie, p 78-82, 1 black and white reproduction A Note on Chiron Press, p 83-4

various authors (1968) ARTISTS PROOF, the Annual of Prints and Printmaking, Pratt Graphics Center, NY, and Barre Publishers, MA, Poleskie, Steve, tipped in screen print (4 colors) p 7

Biegeleisen, J. I. (1971) SCREEN PRINTING, Watson-Guptill Publications, New York, ISBN 0-237-44810-6, Poleskie, Steve, p 34, one black and white reproduction

Eichenberg, Fritz (1976) THE ART OF THE PRINT, Harry N. Abrams, Publishers, New York, ISBN 0-8109-0103-X, Poleskie, Steve, p 489, 510-11, 578, one page reproduction (color) 542

Eichenberg, Fritz (1978) LITHOGRAPHY AND SILKSCREEN, Harry N. Abrams, Publishers, New York, ISBN 0-8109-2095-6, Poleskie, Steve, p 123, 152-153, one page reproduction (color) 133

IMAGES OF AN ERA: the American Poster 1945-1975, National Collection of Fine Arts, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D. C., 1976, Poleskie, Steve, full page reproduction, (color) p 98, from MOMA Collection

Carroll, James F. L. (1981) IN AND OUT OF KUTZTOWN, a documentation of the Art Series program, 1974-1981, Kutztown University, Kutztown. PA., Poleskie, Steve, three black and white reproductions, p 185, 6, 7.

AMERICAN ART DIRECTORY, 50th Edition, edited by Jaques Cattell Press, R. R. Browker, New York & London, 1984, Poleskie, Steve, p 664

Ackerman, Diane (1985) ON EXTENDED WINGS, Athenum, New York, ISBN 0-689-11540-7

Zeitlin, Marilyn, (1985) STEVE POLESKIE, Drawings and Collages, Marilyn Zietlin, introduction, Peter Frank, essay, Anderson Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, catalog, 11 black and white reproductions

Kimpel, Harald (1986) HIMMELSSCHREIBER, Dimensionen Eines Fluchtigen Mediums, Jonas Verlag, Marburg, Germany, ISBN 3-922561-50-0, Poleskie, Steve, p 83, 105-114, 10 black and white reproductions

Crispolti, Enrico (1987) STEVE POLESKIE, Galleria Schneider, Roma, catalog, 1 color, 1 black and white reproduction

Krantz, Les (1987) THE NEW YORK ART REVIEW, Les Krantz, American References, Chicago, ISBN 0-913756-09-0, Poleskie, Steve, p 1016, reproduction, (black & white) p 1046

Foster, Stephen and Lurie, Alison (1989) STEVE POLESKIE, ARTFLYER, John Hansard Gallery, The University of Southampton, UK, 1989, catalog, 8 color reproductions

Meyer, Jon (1989) STEVE POLESKIE, ARTFLYER, Clemson University, catalog, 3 color, and 5 black and white reproductions

Dantzic, Cynthis Maris (1990) DESIGN DIMENSIONS, Prentice-Hall, New Jersey, ISBN 0-13-199985-0, Poleskie, Steve, p 296 reproduction (black & white)

WHO'S WHO IN AMERICAN ART, 1991 -1992, 19th Edition, R.R. Bowker, New Providence, NJ, Poleskie, Stephen Francis, p 884, also 1993, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 2000, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17

Rebeschini, Claudio (1994) CRALI AEROPITTORE, Electra, Milano, 1994, Poleskie, Steve, p 255, photograph of Poleskie, (black & white)

Corlett, Mary Lee (1994) THE PRINTS OF ROY LICHTENSTEIN, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Hudson Hills Press, New York, ISBN 1-55595-105-8, Poleskie, Stephen, p 25, 80, 81, 82, 257,

Ackerman, Diane and Mackin, Jeanne (1998) THE BOOK OF LOVE, W. W. Norton, New York, ISBN 0-393-04589-7, Poleskie, Stephen F., Love and Janus Zyvka, short story, p 243-246

Mishlove, Jeffery (2000) THE PK MAN, A True Story of Mind Over Matter, Hampton Roads Publishers, Charlottesville, VA, ISBN 978-1571741837, Poleskie, Stephen, p 33-34

OVERVIEW, (2001) University of Buffalo Art Gallery, Buffalo, Steve Poleskie, p 49, one color reproduction

Pisano, Dominick A. editor (2003) THE AIRPLANE IN AMERICAN CULTURE, The University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, ISBN 0-472-09833-0, Poleskie, Steve, p 283

various authors (2006) DIE SICHTBARKEEIT DER SCHRIFT, Fink Wilhelm Gmbh + Co.KG, ISBN 978-3770542505, Poleskie, Steve, Artflyer, p 53

Bojko, Szymon (2007) Z POLSKIM RODOWODEM, 1900 - 1980, Oficyna Wydawnicza Kucharski, Warsaw, Poland, ISBN 9-788389-376404, Poleskie, Steve (Stephen) p 20, 53, 91, 254-259, 360, reproductions: 4 color, 3 black and white

Goodwin Susan W. and Whitley, Peggy J. (2007) 99 JUMPSTARTS FOR KIDS, Libraries Unlimited, ISBN 978-1591584032

WHO'S WHO IN THE WORLD, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 08, 07, 06, 05, 04, 03, etc., to 1983, Marquis, New Providence, NJ, ISBN 978-0-8379-1143-4

various authors (2011) HOHENRAUSCH.2, Brucken in Himmel /​ Bridges in the Sky, OK Offenes Kulturhus, Linz, Austria, Poleskie Steve, p 100-101, one black and white reproduction.

Tauge, Gregory F., editor (2012) BEING HUMAN, Call of the Wild, Editions Bibliotekos, Inc., New York, ISBN 978-0-9824819-5-0, Poleskie, Stephen, The Raccoon, a short story, p 1-5

Ellis, Rhian, editor, (2015) FROM THE FINGER LAKES, A Prose Anthology, Cayuga Lake Books, Ithaca, New York, ISBN 978-1-68111-060-8, Poleskie, Stephen, The Hosta, a short story, p 291-297

Fortunato, Peter, Hopper, Jack, editors, (2016) FROM THE FINGER LAKES, A Poetry Anthology, Cayuga Lake Books, Ithaca, New York, ISBN 978-1-68111-143-8, Poleskie, Stephen, two poems, p 165-166

DOVE TALES, Family and Cultural Identity, (2016) Writing for Peace, Colgate University Research Council, ISBN: 978-0-9891206-4-7, Poleskie, Stephen, Having Buried Land Mines, a short story, p 206-219

Curtis, Cathy (2017) A GENEROUS VISION; the creative life of Elaine deKooning, Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0-19-049847, Poleskie, Steve, Chiron Press, p 95


Selected Works

A personal essay about his work that Poleskie wrote for an interview in a 2012 issue of Editions Bibliotekos
Essays that appeared in several journals and anthologies during the 1980s, including: Leonardo in the USA, Dars in Italy, and Himmelsschreiber in Germany
When his father dies, fading rock star John Foozler returns home, with his wife and son, to take care of his mother and run the family golf driving range. After a few months Johnís mother dies, followed shortly by his wife. When his son leaves to join the Marine Corps, and with nothing to keep him in Eastlake, except a few now married old girlfriends, John decides to leave town and follow a dream his father had for him of becoming a professional golfer.
A National Guard corporal returned from deployment in the Middle East and suffering from undiagnosed PTSD descides to murder a man who he believe raped his wife thirteen years ago, and may be the father of his daughter.
A well-known American stunt pilot, and university professor, meets a strange old man named Caliban who tells him the story of his twin brother who as a young boy flew with Charles Lindbergh as his secret copilot on his famous solo trans-Atlantic flight.
Thaddeus Sobieski Coulincourt Lowe (1823−1913) was called by Carl Sandburg "the most shot-at man of the Civil War."
An unemployed actor answers an ad for a rent-free apartment and finds himself involved in a bizarre scheme to rig an election.
Novella and Stories
An AWOL soldier returns to the world after thirty-three years of hiding in his motherís attic. An immigrant plumber bribes a policeman with a loaf of bread. And a plastic garbage bag flies around the sky looking for a new beginning, in these three out of the ordinary tales of living in America.
Selected Short Stories
A short story that appeared in the collection Acorn's Card, and on the blog Writing the Polish Diaspora
A short story that appeared in the collection Acorn's Card, 2011 and on Goodreads
A short story that appeared in the anthology The Book of Love, published by W. W. Norton, 1998 and in the collection Grater Life, 2009
A short story published in a shorter version in the 1995-6 issue of the magazine American Writing
A story published in the Spring 1996 issue of the west coast magazine Pangolin Papers and also in the collection Grater Life, 2009
This story appeared in the Spring 2009 print issue of SN Review
This story appeared in Essays & Fictions, Summer 2010, and in Fiction Daily
A short story that appeared in SATIRE magazine in 1997 under the title TGV
A story that appeared in Imago, the Australian literary magazine in October, 2001
A short story published in the Sulphur River Literary Review, Austin, TX
A short story in the Print Annual of Many Mountains Moving, a Literary Journal, 2008-9, nominated for a Pushcart Prize
A short story published in WordWrights!, a literary magazine from Washington, D. C. under the title For Eisenstaedt Spontaneously
Novel in Stories
A collection of short stories, interwoven into a dialog between a volunteer hospital visitor and a patient afflicted with AIDS.

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