Fellow: Awarded 1975
Field of Study: Fine Arts
Competition: US & Canada
Michelle Stuart is an American artist born in California. Since the 1960s, Ms. Stuart has created a multifaceted body of work including large-scale earth works, complex multimedia installations, earth drawings, encaustic paintings, sculptural objects, drawings, and prints. She has also written and published artist's books.
Her work references a range of influences, from history, biology, literature, and her extensive travels to ancient sites.
Ms. Stuart pioneered the utilization of organic mediums such as earth, wax, seeds, and plants to the vertical and horizontal surface experience. These works that go beyond the bounds of traditional artistic resources articulate the complex processes through a language of exploration of both the physicality of materials and cultural and scientific issues not generally thought of in the vocabulary of art. The changes that take place in organic matter, the extinction series and the series on genetic variation, explore scientific issues that provide a new art vocabulary.
Michelle Stuart has exhibited widely. Her work can be found in museum collections, including the Museum of Modern Art (New York City), National Collection of Art (Canberra, Australia), Moderna Museet (Stockholm), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York City), the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), and the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago).
Ms. Stuart currently lives and maintains a studio in New York City and Amagansett, New York.