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Steven Hustvedt (1926 - 2005) Noted Maryland Artist

“In Drydock”  1957 - Casein on Artist Board, 12” X 9”
The painting is based on a photograph Hustvedt saw in the 
September 1937 edition of Fortune Magazine.  
The edition covered US Shipping and Shipbuilding.

The photograph above is taken from Fortune Magazine, Volume XVI, Number 3, Page 85.  
The article title: Bethlehem Ship...having built more ships than anyone in the western hemisphere,... The photograph caption is: Sparrow Point:  A Swedish Ore Carrier gets her bottom scraped and painted in dry dock.  You can see the similarities between Hustvedt’s inspiration for the painting and the photo.    

Mr. Steven Hustvedt

Mr. Steven Hustvedt, aka, Stephen Hustvedt was an artist that crossed many boundaries, he was known as a:
  • Graphic Artist
  • Representational Fine Artist/Painter
  • Designer

He designed postal stamps, NASA patches, and top selling posters.  He also was a talented visual artist who spent most of his adult life in the Annapolis area where he worked mostly on nautical themes.   

Hustvedt had a long and varied artistic life that cannot be summed up into a couple of paragraphs; so instead, I will give you the highlights:1.  

  • Washington, DC native and son of a Navy Vice Admiral
  • Served in the Army from 1943 to 47 as a Lieutenant  
  • Bachelor's degree in Art, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine
  • Continued his art studies at the Corcoran and Boston Museum School
  • Art teacher at Kent School, Kent, Conn., and headed the art department at Oldfields School in Baltimore County for much of the 1960s (taught for 18 years)
  • Gallery Owner, Green Street Gallery, downtown Annapolis (1970-72)
  • Two of his compositions were reproduced by the New York Graphic Society: Spinnakers poster and a self portrait as a boy flying a kite in a field
  • Designed insignia for NASA shuttle mission patches and three crew patches
  • Designed the 200th Anniversary of Maryland Statehood Stamp for the Postal Service
  • Served as an artist-in-residence, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis
  • Had twenty-seven one-man shows
  • In 1994, a 40 year retrospective exhibit of his work, Maryland Hall
  • Was a noted sailor and was a charter member of the American Society of Marine Artists

All totalled; a remarkable career in the visual arts.  

  1. Information was gathered from a personal visit with Mr. Hustvedt, the Baltimore Sun, Annapolis Capital, and internet searches.  


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