Jean Stamsta

Year inducted: 2012
1936-

Jean Stamsta creates imaginative landscapes and still-lifes in her wildly colorful and playful paintings. In these fantasies we escape to tropical climates complete with erupting volcanoes and neon palm trees. Mythical creatures and wriggling lizards float amidst brilliant flurries of stripes, polka dots and collage elements. She often combines fabric, paint, mirrors and glitter to create her explosive works. With her beginnings as a fiber artist, she has exhibited nationally and internationally in London, Switzerland, Hungary, the Netherlands and Finland. She was the recipient of a National Endowment Craftsman Fellowship Grant in 1974.

Stamsta’s work is included in collections of the American Crafts Museum (New York), Milwaukee Art Museum, and the Cleveland Museum of Art to name just a few.

Works by Jean Stamsta