Assistant Professor

Steven Kostell (b. Gary, IN) is an intermedia artist & designer whose work explores the convergence of traditional and experimental techniques in print and digital media, resulting in hybrid forms. His work is grounded in material-based production and image processing, involving papermaking, printmaking, artist books, and multi-channel audio/video installations.

His research areas focus on environmental issues, the relationship between urban/rural morphology and constructs of social vernacular. Additional interests focus on digital visualization, design thinking, cultural entrepreneurship and creative communities.

Kostell's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at such venues as the Center for Book and Paper at Columbia College, Chicago; the Qijiang International Printmaking Festival, Chongqing, China; Ozu Washi Gallery and the Oji Paper Museum, Tokyo, Japan; New Forms Festival, Vancouver, BC and the Laura Haber Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Research and/or Creative Works

EXHIBITIONS (selected)

  • Pulp as Portal: Socially Engaged Hand Papermaking, The Center for Book Arts, New York, NY. February 3 – April 8, 2017 (Fresh Press)
  • BOOKBODY, New City Galerie, Burlington, VT. Jurors: Ben Aleshire, Glynnis Fawkes and Susan Smereka, November 6 – January 26, 2016
  • Future Identities, Laura Haber Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina. April 20 – MAY 20, 2015
  • Turning the Page: Contemporary Artist’s Books, Swope Art Museum, Terre Haute, IN October 3 – December 27, 2014
  • SOCIAL PAPER, In association with the annual College Art Association Conference in Chicago. Co-curated by Jessica Cochran and Melissa Potter. February 10 - April 5, 2014 (Fresh Press)"



  • Kostell, Steve, “Re-Envisioning Research: Handmade Paper as Catalyst for Systems Thinking.” Hand Papermaking Magazine, Summer 2016
  • Kostell, Steve, “Esteem the Giver: Q&A with Kiff Slemmons.” Hand Papermaking Magazine, Summer 2015

Associations and Affiliations

  • Hand Papermaking Inc. Board of Directors
  • College Book Art Association, Awards Committee [CBAA]
  • Friends of Dard Hunter [FDH]
  • College Art Association [CAA]
  • American Institute of Graphic Arts [AIGA]
Steve Kostell

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

visual communication, graphic design, design thinking, creative economies, cultural entrepreneurship


  • MFA, Intermedia - Arizona State University
  • BFA, Graphic Design - Indiana State University


Office Location:

Morrill Hall 208D