American Steel Studios provides affordable space in which artists and entrepreneurs can create and inspire. The population is diverse and creative, manifesting a space that is resplendent with cross-pollination and inspiration.
Our Studios : American Steel Studios is comprised of two adjacent yet distinctly different warehouses. The first is an industrial paradise with high clearance, bridge cranes, drive through truck access and roll-up doors all around. The second is a less industrial space for more technical work and is flooded with natural light.
Our Founder : Karen Cusolito attended Rhode Island School of Design and Massachusetts College of Art. She is a large-scale industrial artist who works primarily with steel and the concepts of nature and humanity. She is a founding member of the Oakland Makers, on the advisory board for the Crucible, on the Board of the West Oakland Commerce Association. In 2013 she was honored to be the recipient of the Alameda County Arts Leadership Award.
Our History : The space was founded in 2006 when one artist needed a bigger space in which to work. At this point, the buildings were virtually vacant, and over time a community has emerged, becoming the creative playground to a multitude of skill sets and industries. Our population includes painters, photographers, steel fabricators and sculptors, soap-makers, a compost worm farm, water re-use management, urban greening, vertical aerial and trapeze performers, graphic designers, jewelers, glass artists, furniture designers and more.
Our Goal : To provide affordable work space in which artists and innovators can create, produce and evolve and engage the local community on a multitude of levels. We are dedicated to West Oakland and draw great inspiration from the strong history of creativity, industry, and innovation that has been the backbone and legacy of our neighbors. We strive to constantly give back and grow with our West Oakland neighborhood.