Jean Stamsta

Sheboygan 1936 — 2013 Monches

In her Monches, Wisconsin studio, and later in Hawaii, Stamsta made colorful, playful paintings and fiber sculptures. A pioneer in the fiber renaissance in the 1970s–80s, she then began using paper, paint, and fiberglass to create creatures inspired by Wisconsin’s numerous effigy mounds. Later paintings include tropical scenes. In 1974, Stamsta received a National Endowment for the Arts Craftsman Fellowship Grant. She exhibited in Europe as well as the United States, and her work can be found in collections such as the American Crafts Museum, New York; Cleveland Museum of Art; and Museum of Fine Arts, Columbus, Ohio.