P. Stephen Hardy
Stephen works with students and supports Teaching Artists in alternative classrooms at Arleta, Sheriff’s Leadership Academy, Mujeres y Hombres Nobles, All Peoples, and Downey Learning Center for Change. Stephen joined artworxLA in 2008. He is a self-taught figurative artist, writer, art historian, educator and dynamic presenter on the intersections of life, history, art and culture. After completing coursework towards a Master’s degree in Art History and Criticism at Webster University, Stephen embarked on a path of writing and teaching about art and African American history. He penned two books for Scholastic, Inc. on the Harlem Renaissance and the Civil Rights Movement with his former wife, Sheila Jackson Hardy, and he curated art exhibitions and developed education materials as an Education Curator for the California African American museum (CAAM). Stephen re-developed CAAM’s Young Docents program, a highly successful program that trained teens to lead inquiry-based tours of the museum’s permanent collection and rotating exhibitions. After officially leaving the museum in 2007, he continued to add to the discourse on art and life with exhibition catalogues, art talks and lectures given at Otis College of Art and Design and venues around Los Angeles. In 2011 Stephen co-curated CAAM’s contribution to the ground-breaking Getty initiative, Pacific Standard Time. Stephen helped mount CAAM’s multiple gallery exhibition,Places of Validation, Art and Progression, and wrote essays for its catalogue. He continues to teach, paint and write in Los Angeles.