Steve Kuzma, a full-time artist, illustrator and educator with more than 30 years of professional experience, has been in southern New Jersey for the past 20 years, but he lived in New York City for a decade before that. His clients have included the Olympics, World Cup Soccer, the New York Times, Time Magazine, ABC, CBS and NBC.
Kuzma, who has studio space at the Arts Garage, in Somers Point and in Millville, said one person can make a great difference in bettering the life of an artist. Kuzma, 56, credits former AtlantiCare president and CEO Donald Parker for six years worth of work on various projects.
“He’s a great guy,” Kuzma said. “I’m working with a CEO who takes care of details. He’s a wise catalyst in bringing out the best in people. He’s an example of how to have vision and follow through with it.”
Kuzma, of Ventnor Heights, knows first-hand the challenges of being a visual artist in southern New Jersey. He said the Arts Garage is a beautiful idea and an inspiring space. He has had space in the garage for two years. At one point, a humidifier pump sprayed water on his work and damaged thousands of dollars worth of art.
Kuzma also lost five years worth of work in 2012 when it was damaged during Hurricane Sandy in Ocean City.