About Stephen Henning

1976 - 1995  

I had an extensive career as an art director, graphic designer and creative director for a number of agencies and corporations based in the Twin Cities, winning several awards.


I started painting full time.   


My first public exhibit opening, held at Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, set an attendance and sales record.  This led to Honorary Director status.

"Grassland" by Stephen Henning

"Grassland" by Stephen Henning


Larry Winn (founder of Winn Devon) started marketing my work internationally through Grand Image.


I was juried into the American Impressionist Society and the Oil Pastel Society, and subsequent annual exhibits at various prestigious locations.


I attained signature status in the Oil Pastel Society.

I have had numerous public exhibits in prominent commercial galleries, I have sold originals to collectors in all 50 states and on three continents.  

"The Road Less Travelled" by Stephen Henning

"The Road Less Travelled" by Stephen Henning


I have withdrawn from gallery representation.  Currently I am represented by Grand Image, based in Seattle, and American Art Resources, based in Texas.


I had a significant injury to my painting hand, requiring the thumb to be surgically re-attached.  Since then I have been painting only part time, and selling art only on a commission basis.   Instead, my creative focus has been on working with digital media.

Over the past two decades I have been artist-in-residence at many area schools, and have taught workshops for art clubs and organizations from Minnesota to Illinois.  I have also served on the board of directors for COMPAS, Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, Evansville Arts Coalition, and currently serve Art of the Lakes Association.