Stephen Borko

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Stephen Borko has been developing his photographic vision over four decades as a collector and enthusiast of the visual arts and as an initially casual photographer. Beginning in 2004 his photographs have been exhibited in nationally juried shows, private collections, art fairs, and galleries. His photographs reflect his view of landscapes on and off the beaten path, people who reside in these places, and man-made additions to these landscapes.

Steve's photographs have been presented in nationally juried shows at the Circle Gallery in Annapolis, MD and the City Gallery in Baltimore, MD; in the private collection of the law firm of Covington and Burling in Washington, DC; at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center-Hippodrome Theater in Baltimore, MD; at Colonial Players Theater in Annapolis, MD; at Centerstage in Baltimore, MD; at the Ellipse Arts Center in Arlington, VA, and at the Mclean Project for the Arts Artfest in McLean Virginia. He was one of sixteen photographers chosen for the exhibit Is Photography Dead? at the Sandy Spring Museum in Sandy Spring, MD. His photographs are featured on the Artline Plus Mid-Atlantic web site, the Ward-Nasse Gallery web site and the Washington Project for the Arts Artfile Online web site. He is an artist member of the Ward-Nasse Gallery in Soho, NY.

Steve is a native Washingtonian who has worked professionally for more than forty two years in nonprofit organizations located in DC, and who owned a wine sales and consulting business for more than twenty years. He has actively supported a number of volunteer organizations including the Maryland Federation of Art, for whom he serves as First Vice President of the Board of Directors, the American Institute of Wine and Food (AIWF) for whom he served as Board Chair of the National Capital Chapter and The Vivaldi Project, a period instrument chamber ensemble on whose board he also served.


In my photographs, I try to capture the "sense of place" of areas I have visited, from Alaska to the Czech Republic. The photographs reflect my view of landscapes on and off the beaten path, people who reside in these places, and man-made additions to these landscapes.

My photographs are printed by David Adamson Editions in Washington, DC. High resolution pigment prints are created by spraying micro drops of archival pigment dyes onto the surface of a coated paper resulting in broader tonal range and saturation and longer-lasting color.


"Small Works 2004 Exhibition" February, 2004 at the Circle Gallery in Annapolis, MD. James Archer Abbot, the Curator of Decorative Arts for the Baltimore Museum of Art, was the juror for this national competition.

Spring Juried Show in March 2004 at the Circle Gallery in Annapolis, MD Š Juror was Catriona Fraser, Director of Fraser Gallery, Washington, DC and Bethesda, MD

One person show at the Circle Gallery in Annapolis, MD in August 2004. Fall Juried Exhibition at the Circle Gallery in Annapolis, MD October, 2004 Š Juror was Gerald Rose, Exhibitions Director, Maryland Institute College of Art

Covington & Burling Law Firm, Washington, DC. An exhibit of ten photographs of Tuscany and Umbria were on display from November 11, 2004 - January 15, 2005.
Ellipse Arts Center, Arlington, Virginia Annual Juried Photography Show in January 20-February 26, 2005. Juror was Volkmar Wentzel, former chief photographer for National Geographic Magazine.

Circle Gallery in Annapolis, MD exhibit "By the Board," March 3-April 9, 2005.

France-Merrick Performing Arts Center Hippodrome Theater, Baltimore, MD Š Seventeen photographs were on display throughout the three story lobby from March 10, 2005-July 12, 2005.

Colonial Players Theater, Annapolis, MD Š Fifteen photographs were on display at the oldest theater in historic Annapolis from August 26-October 9, 2005.

Sandy Spring Museum, Sandy Spring, MD - Two photographs from the Terezin Concentration Camp series were in a show entitled Is Photography Dead? Long Live Photography, Contemporary Sprayed Ink Prints, from September 25-December 22, 2005.

"Go Figure Exhibition" at the City Gallery, Baltimore, MD from February 23-March 24, 2006 - Juried by Wilford E. Scott, Department Head of Adult Programs in the National Gallery of ArtÕs Education Division

Winter Juried Exhibition at the Circle Gallery, Annapolis, MD from February 10-March 12, 2006. Juried by Lucinda Edinberg, Art Educator at the Mitchell Gallery at St. JohnÕs College, Annapolis

"American Landscapes" at the Circle Gallery, Annapolis, MD from September 8-October 14, 2006. Professor Edward Ahlstrom at the Montgomery College, MD Art Department was the juror for this national competition. Professor Ahlstrom has exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

Centerstage, Baltimore, MD from September 15-October 29, 2006. One of Mr. Borko's photographs was selected to be the image used for Chekhov's Three Sisters, the opening play in the 2006-2007 season of Centerstage. This image was used on all posters advertising the play and on the cover of the Playbill.

Mia's Pizzas Restaurant Bethesda, MD. Ongoing, starting December 4, 2006.
Photographs of Tuscany, Umbria, Paris, Alsace, and Greece.

Washington Project for the Arts/Corcoran "9 x 10 Exhibit" at the William Parker Gallery, Washington, DC from March 9 - April 8, 2007.

"Lightscapes" at the Maryland Federation of Art Holley Gallery in Annapolis, MD from July 14-27, 2007.

Mclean, VA Artfest sponsored by the McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, VA October 14, 2007

"Art on the Small Side" at the Touchstone Gallery, Washington, DC from December 12, 2007 - January 5, 2008. Jurors were Rosemary Luckett and Jon Wassom.

Mosaic Cafe Rockville, MD. Ongoing, starting December 12, 2007. Photographs of Tuscany, Umbria and France.

"American Landscapes" at the Circle Gallery, Annapolis, MD from September 17 through October 18, 2009. The juror was Professor Claudia Rousseau, Ph.D. who teaches art history with an emphasis on technique, process and evolution of style and who also is a professional art critic of regular critical reviews in local publications and offers comments and criticism on National Public Radio.

"American Landscapes" at the Circle Gallery, Annapolis, MD from August 12 through September 10, 2011. The juror was Jack Rasmussen who is currently Director and Curator of the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, Washington, DC, and President of the Board, Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums.

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