Jean Stamsta was a fiber artist renown for pioneering the art of tubular weaving. She also created imaginative landscapes and still-lifes in wildly colorful and playful paintings, and often combines fabric, paint, mirrors and glitter to create her explosive works.
Stamsta, who lived in Monches, Wis., exhibited at the American Crafts Museum, New York; Milwaukee Art Museum; Wustum Museum, Racine, Wis.; Cleavland Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Art, Columbus, Ohio; Arkansas Art Center; and Johnson Hill Press, Fort Atkinson, Wis. She also has exhibited in London, Switzerland, Hungary and Finland.
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Stamsta also studied at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine, the Fiberwork Center for Textile Research in California and the Banff Centre in Canada. She has won awards from UWM, Wisconsin Arts Board, Milwaukee Art Museum, Columbus (Ohio) Gallery of Fine Arts, and Contemporary Crafts of the Americas.
Stamsta has been commissioned to create works for Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital, First Wisconsin Trust Company, Hyatt Hotel, Koss Corporation, and Associated Bank, all in Milwaukee; Waukesha Memorial Hospital; Heritage Insurance Company, Sheboygan, Wis.; Ohio Bell; Sentry Corporation, Stevens Point, Wis.; Heft, Dye, Heft & Paulson, Racine, Wis.; National Lead Corporation, New York; and First National Bank, Amarillo, Texas.