Photo: Dani Fresh

Conversation with the Neighborhood

Steve ESPO Powers
Good Taste, North 3rd Street, Harrisburg, PA

Brooklyn-based artist and 3x Juxtapoz cover aritst Stephen Powers brings his iconic graphic work to his home state of Pennsylvania this month with a public art campaign, “Early Bird Gets the Term.” The campaign hopes to get voters to the polls in the critical swing state this election year. The mural is part of the story!

The Artist

Steve ESPO Powers

Steve ESPO Powers, born and raised in Philadelphia, began his graffiti journey at 16, tagging ESPO across his neighborhood and beyond. Transitioning from graffiti to art in 1999, Powers quickly gained recognition, exhibiting at prestigious venues like the Philadelphia ICA, the Venice Biennale, and Liverpool Biennial alongside artists like Todd James and Barry McGee. Notably, he became a Fulbright scholar in 2007, using the opportunity to create politically-inspired murals in Dublin and Belfast. His acclaimed Love Letter For You project, supported by a Pew Exhibitions Initiative grant, adorned 54 walls in West Philadelphia, garnering international attention from outlets such as The Wall Street Journal and leading to similar projects in cities worldwide. Exhibitions of his work at institutions like The Brooklyn Museum and SFMOMA further solidified his reputation as a prominent contemporary artist. Today, Powers resides in New York City, operating his storefront gallery, ESPO’s Art World, in Brooklyn's Boerum Hill, while continuing to create and exhibit his art.

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