Milwaukee 1895 — 1987 Milwaukee
Stern (born Martha Ida Lucia Karker), studied music and literature at the Milwaukee Conservatory, the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, and Columbia University, with some art courses at Marquette University. On visits to New York with her husband, she met Edward Steichen and Alfred Stieglitz and in Europe she was introduced to Bauhaus works and attitudes such as those of pioneering great Laszlo Moholy-Nagy. A passionate champion of modernism, she lectured and published on the subject as well as creating strong, colorful geometric paintings and, later, sculpture. A life-long resident of Milwaukee, Stern was an active proponent of cutting-edge abstract art.