Born in 1958 in Denver, Colorado, Steinkamp was raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She attended the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, for both undergraduate and graduate work, earning her BFA in 1989 and her MFA in 1991. Since 1989, Steinkamp’s work has consistently featured abstract imagery that often mimics natural phenomena such as gravity, turbulence, and wind. She is a recipient of numerous grants including NEA, Art Matters Inc., COLA, and California Arts Council. Her work can be found in the permanent collections at Albright Knox Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and Corcoran Gallery Art among others. The artist lives and works in Los Angeles.