Stephen Cartwright is an artist, maker, traveler, and self-tracker. His work exists at the confluence of science and art, where hard data intersects with the intangible complexities of human experience. Since 1999 he has recorded his exact latitude, longitude and elevation every hour of every day. Cartwright incorporates his location data and other personally recorded information into his digital and sculptural artwork to create sculptures made with hi-tech materials and machinery. His data based sculpture contains floating geometric forms that allude to landscapes and change perspectives. Stephen Cartwright collects data from everywhere, but maintains a studio in Illinois where he is an associate professor at the School of Art + Design at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Cartwright’s latest work, Timeline Atlas, is a mapping project that allows users to input their data (personal, family, ancestral) into an online collective map that dynamically illustrates how people physically move through life compared to others. The public can explore the map in a dynamic online visualization and create custom physical 2D and 3D maps.


Conference Presentation: “Timeline Atlas” at the North American Cartographic Information Society Annual Meeting, Tacoma, WA, October 16-19, 2019.

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1996 - 1998          MFA Sculpture, Tyler School of Art, Temple University    

1994 - 1996          BA Studio Art, University of California, Davis   


Academic Appointments

2016 – 2018         Associate Director, School of Art and Design, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2015 – 2016         Chair of Painting and Sculpture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2014 –                   Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2008 – 2014         Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2005 – 2008         Visiting Assistant Professor, Virginia Commonwealth Univ., Richmond, Va.


Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions              (solo show except where noted)

2018      Walking in the Rain Harper College Art Gallery, Palatine, Il.

2017       Surface Elements Rockford University Art Gallery, Rockford, Il.

               Unseen: Visualizing Ecological Systems  Schneider Hall Gallery, Hite Art Institute, University of Louisville, KY (two-person show with Shohei Katayama)

2016       Human Trajectory Fermilab Art Gallery, Fermilab National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia. Il.

2014       Clearing Cressman Center for Visual Arts, University of Louisville, KY (two-person with Che Rhodes)

2013       Moraine McLean County Arts Center, Bloomington, Il.

       Light Trajectory  Evanston Art Center, Evanston, Il.

       Data Sculpture  Exhibition in conjunction with the Strata 2013 Conference, Santa Clara, Ca.

2012       Kinetic Mesh  Exhibition at the Singularity Summit, San Francisco, Ca.

        Degree  Luminary Arts Center, St. Louis, Mo. (two-person show with Andrew James)

2010       Stephen Cartwright: Topographies Tarble Art Center, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Il.

        Topographies (Topologic Genertor)  Manifest Gallery,  Cincinnati, Oh.

2009       Phase TransitionButler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Oh.

2007       Perigee    Old Dominion University Gallery,  Norfolk, Va.

2001       Fleisher Challenge  Fleisher Art Memorial,  Philadelphia, Pa.


Selected Group Exhibitions

2019 Light, Pizzuti Collection of the Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH

Data: BIG/-driven/Visualized… Northern Illinois University Art Museum, DeKalb, IL

Peripheral Technology, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI

2017       Points of Departure; Meditations on Mapping, Mercer Gallery, Monroe College, and Art and Music Gallery, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

               Crooked Data: (Mis)Information in Contemporary Art, University of Richmond Museum, Va.

2015       The Art of Quantified Self, Exhibition in conjunction with the QS2015 Conference, San Francisco, Ca.

   traveling to the QSEU15 European Conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

      Lifelogging, Science Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.

2014       Drowning in a Sea of Information, Work Gallery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mi.

Materialized, Robert and Elaine Stein Galleries, Wright State University, Dayton, Oh. traveling to

   Fountain Gallery, Purdue University, Lafayette, In.

Location, in conjunction with the International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA2014), Dubai, UAE.

Lifeloggers: Chronicling the Everyday,  Perlman Teaching Museum at Carleton College, Northfield, Mn.

   traveling to Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, Il.

2013       Chasing Horizons Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum, Milwaukee, Wi.

2012       Quantified Self 2012, Exhibition in conjunction with the QS2012 conference, Stanford, Ca.

       Machine Wilderness Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, Albuquerque, NM

 Machinations: Kinetic Sculpture in the Age of Open Source  Glass Curtain Gallery, Columbia College of  Art, Chicago, Il.

   21st Evanston and Vicinity Biennial  Evanston Art Center, Evanston, Il.

2011       Specific Environments: Landscape as Metaphor  Lincoln Center Art Gallery, Fort Collins, Co.

Data In, Data Out  Walsh Gallery, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ.

Energy   Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, Ca.

Nomadic Fantasia  Indigo Gallery, Champaign, Il.

2010       The Nameless Hour: Places of Reverie, Paths of Reflection, Anderson Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond Va.

   Constructed Territory  Stein Galleries, Wright State University, Dayton, Oh.

        Data Mining-Artist Constructs Leviton A+D Gallery, Columbia College, Chicago, Il.

         RAPID 2010    Society of Manufacturing Engineers Conference, Anaheim, Ca.

         INHABIT    SoFA Gallery, Indiana University,  Bloomington, In.

2009       Contemporary Sculpture   University Gallery, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Mi.

2008       Terra Firma   Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Oh.

                 Trajectories   East Gallery, Visual Arts Center, California State Univ., Fullerton, Ca.

2003-04NEW MATH: Contemporary Art and the Mathematical Instinct    Tweed Museum of Art, Univ. of

Minnesota Duluth (Traveled to: Stedman Gallery, Rutgers University, Camden NJ; University Museums, Univ. of Richmond, Richmond, Va.)

2002       Greater Philadelphia     Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, Pa.

2001       Works on Paper     Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, Pa.

         Map Manipulations     Abington Arts Center, Jenkintown, Pa.

                Pete and Repeat     D.U.M.B.O. Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY

1998       Journey     White Columns Gallery,   New York, NY