Born near Fayetteville, North Carolina and educated at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (BA in English and Studio Art concentrating in intaglio etching), and American University in Washington, DC (MBA in Marketing) and the Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture, Steed Taylor's art practice includes public artwork as well as work for gallery settings.
His art has been shown around the country including the Bronx Museum, the Mint Museum, the San Bernardino County Museum, and the Neuberger Museum of Art's 2001 Biennial Exhibition of Public Art. Besides extensive showings in the New York metropolitan area, his solo shows include The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Ambrosino Gallery in Miami, Florida and Il Ponte Contemporanea in Rome, Italy.
Recent commissions for his public artwork include the cities of Chicago, IL, Washington, DC, Arlington, VA and New Orleans, LA, the North Carolina Museum of Art, Duke University, Riverside Park in New York City, Florida State University and Columbus College of Art & Design. Recent lectures include the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. His art has been discussed in publications as varied as Art In America to Playboy Magazine.
An activist for many years, he has worked with a wide variety of both arts and AIDS organizations including the Whitman-Walker Clinic, Artists Board of Artists Space, Brio Awards Panelist for the Bronx Council on the Arts, Board of Directors for Visual AIDS 1995-1998 and 2010 to present, Co-Chair of the 21st Century Committee for the Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture 1999-2005, Board of Directors of Cannabis Cares from 1999 to present and Curator for HIV Law Project Silent Auction 2010 and 2012.