Born in New London, Wisconsin, in 1974, Jon Steinhorst began his arts adventure with a first-place, pastel rendering of a Bluegill Sunfish at the Waupaca County Fair in 1982. Initially trained as a lawn boy, maker-of-ice- cream-treats, hay baler, all-star wrestling test-dummy, and Lego engineer, Steinhorst went on to earn a BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Stout with a concentration in graphic design. In addition to his stateside education, Jon was first turned onto the medium of film, while studying painting and photography at the Fachhochshule Hildesheim, in Germany.
Steinhorst went on to spend six years in Portland, Oregon, working as a Graphic Designer, Art Director, Photographer, Painter, and installer-of- many-odd-things. Through his experience at Plazm Media, and as founder of Steinhorst Design, Jon worked with a diverse group of clients including: MTV, Lucasfilm, Nike, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, NarrativeLab Communications, NorthShore Productions, the Office of Sustainable Development, the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, and the Portland Art Museum-Northwest FilmCenter.
In 2004, Steinhorst returned to the Midwest to pursue a MFA in film production at Columbia College Chicago. Currently, Jon is in post- production on the short film, "Leftovers," and in development on his thesis film "The Reformer," which pits one middle-aged man against himself in a self-help, reality-TV gameshow. Jon also works on other student and professional productions as a producer, production manager and assistant director. His credits range from an instructional swing dance video to Robert Altman's A Prairie Home Companion.
Jon has screened work in Chicago, Portland and Los Angeles. Steinhorst is an adjunct professor of film and video at Columbia College Chicago and an avid assembler of "Joetry," poems and monologues constructed completely from the lost lines found in junk email.
Jon Steinhorst's films entitled Fiction and Snapshot are being screened at Elastic on October 26.