1970s - 1980s
1970s - 1980S
Stephen gives up his teaching position at Bard to devote more time to painting. The Paces buy a farmhouse - the Captain Al Shephard House - in Stonington Maine. They begin spending much of their time in Maine, usually from May until November. His work increasingly pays homage to the physical laborer, whether it’s the Maine clam digger working the mudflats or the Indiana farmer tilling the soil. This harks back to many of his earlier memories as a child working on farms in the midwest.
See here for a list of Stephen’s solo and group exhibitions.
Stephen has a solo exhibition at A.M. Sachs Gallery and receives a grant from Mark Rothko Foundation
1975 – 83
Stephen teaches at various colleges including Syracuse University, Kansas City Art Institute and American University. He continues having solo exhibitions at galleries and museums across the country.
1980 – 81
Stephen receives the Guggenheim Fellowship