About The Artist
Stephen J. Chilingirian is a self-taught, thought provoking blacksmith Artist.  Stephen earned his
Bachelors Degree in Astrophysics from the University of California, Berkeley, an Associate of Arts degree
in Business Administration from Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill California, a Master of Technology
Certification from Harley Davidson Motor Company, and has received his Technician Certification from
Toyota Motor Co.  He owned a 100% organic cattle ranch in Colorado where he invented many useful tools
for the equine industry.  This was where his artistic side emerged.

Stephen still studies Astronomical Science, through a 16" Dobsonian telescope that
He built himself and still builds an occasional one-of-a- kind Custom Motorcycle, including, but not limited
to, The East Carolina University Pirate Chopper.   His passion however, lies in art and creating art where he
is guided by nature and the complex creations of "The Everything" throughout the Universe.  Stephen uses
traditional blacksmith techniques coupled with mathematical, musical and scientific formulas which he
believes are the keys to unlocking the secrets of the Universe as we know it.

Stephen started his business The Art of Steeling at the beginning of 2005 and moved to Zirconia, NC in
September 2007.

In June 2012 Stephen was asked to teach blacksmith artistry at
Camp Arrowhead for Boys in Tuxedo, NC

Stephen is a member of several art guilds and organizations including,
Foothills of the Carolina's
Blacksmith Guild
,  Tri State Sculptors Organization, Mountain Sculptors Organization and the Artist
Blacksmith Association of North America.



Juried Exhibits, Awards, Honors & Press Coverage

2014
Recipient of 2014 Regional Artist Project Grant

2010
Echo Gallery At Biltmore Park
Guest Artist
American Craft in WNC

2010
Panel Member
Regional Artist Project Grant
Arts Council of Henderson County

2010
The Bascom
American Craft Today
National Juried Competition
Entry - Keeper of the Three Secrets

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2010 Carolina Home and Garden Magazine HandMade - Art by Numbers By Joanne O'Sullivan Portrait by
Brent Fleury   Photography by Rimas Zailskas

2010
Salisbury Sculpture Show - Juried entry - Fibonacci's Hidden Gold

2009
National Sculpture Competition – City of North Charleston, SC Juried Sculpture Exhibit  
Orion’s Pyramid

2008
North Carolina Arboretum - "Kaleidoscope Contemporary Landscape Juried Sculpture Exhibit”
Fibonacci’s Hidden Gold

Juried Entry – 11th Biennial Western North Carolina Juried Art Exhibit – Tryon Fine Arts Center
Orion’s Pyramid

Juried Entry – 36th Annual Fine Arts Showcase – Transylvania Community Arts Council

Juried Entry – Sapphire Valley Masters Association Art and Craft show

2007
Grifton, NC Art Show Honorable Mention

Public art exhibition Sarah’s Art Café Ayden, NC

2006
Third Place for 3-D category Ayden, NC Art Festival

First Place for 3-D category Grifton, NC Art show

First Place for Photography in Grifton, NC Art Show

Art commission - East Carolina University - Pirate Chopper

First Place and Best of Show for The East Carolina University Pirate Chopper - Ray Price Harley Davidson
Biker Build off in Extreme Custom Class

GRANTS
2008-2009 North Carolina Regional Artist Project Grant
2014-2015 North Carolina Regional Artist Project Grant
The Art of Steeling
1330 Mine Gap Rd.
Zirconia, NC  28790

Ph: (828)-696-6694
Or
828-388-0938

E-Mail
stephen@theartofsteeling.com
Copyright The Art of Steeling 2009

Web Design By Stephen Chilingirian
Photo by Brent Fleury