November 29, 2006
Jo Stealey, paper sculptor, to speak at Cowley
Jo Stealey, whose work is on display in Cowley College’s Earle N. Wright Community Room through Dec. 19, will be on hand to discuss her work Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. in the Wright Room as part of the Irwin Visiting Artist Series.
Stealey’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States, in more than 95 juried and invited exhibitions. Her work is in several permanent collections and has appeared in publications such as Shuttle, Spindle, Dyepot, Surface Design Journal and Fiber Arts Design Books Three through Seven.
She is an associate professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia and head of the fiber program. Her sculptural baskets are exhibited nationally and internationally. She is represented by Thirteen Moons Gallery in Santa Fe and Fountainhead Gallery in Seattle. Notable exhibitions include: Contemporary Baskets No Boundaries organized by the Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston, MA; Baskets Now: USA at the Arkansas Arts Center; and A New Era of Sculpture, a traveling exhibition in Taiwan.
Her work is developed using natural materials, locally cultivated fibers and hand dyed and hand drawn paper. Stealey also uses fibers in other formats such as hand-made books, alters and two dimensional pieces. Among the techniques she incorporates into her work are traditional basket making, paper making and stitching. Its boldly colored imagery, intricate molding and fine articulation of details distinguish her work.