The work of Brenda Stumpf invokes ancient and universal archetypes by way of myth and metaphor and often seems to be shrouded in secrets. From cryptic motifs in her works on paper to elaborate assemblages, the artist demonstrates a ceaseless intrigue for the mysterious, conjuring energies both enchanting and disturbing.

Self taught, she is driven by an astute understanding of materiality through process. Stumpf works intuitively, rarely sketching or planning and chooses unorthodox materials in creating her work such as the paper from steeped tea bags, dresses, PVC shavings, wax, piano parts, plastic flowers, antler sheds, animal skulls, gourds, doll parts, engraved book covers, unraveled nylon rope and 100 year old scraped wallpaper.

Stumpf’s vast-ranging references have included Pandora, the Black Madonna, Seshat, victims of Jack the Ripper, the Crusades, alchemy, the music of Arvo Pärt and the poetry of Pablo Neruda.

The artist currently lives and works in Pittsburgh, PA.



………..1991-1993 Columbus College of Art and Design


2017Ritual & Relic The Mine Factory, Pittsburgh, PA
2016Cavomyrt Bill Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2015Between Worlds Box Heart Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
2013Odes GroundSwell Gallery, Denver, CO
2012Blood Roses: A Cycle of Souls Ironton, Denver, CO
2010Seshat Walker Fine Art, Denver, CO
2008Eggs Rocks Pearls Box Heart Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
2007Utterances Valley Art Center, Chagrin Falls, OH
2006Offerings and Attributes E. Gordon Gallery, Cleveland, OH
2006…The Dressmaker and the Tailor Brandt Gallery, Cleveland, OH
2006…Sand and Water Exit Gallery, Kent, OH
2005Embedded University of Cincinnati Clermont College Art Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
2004Bride of Epimetheus Box Heart Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
2003The Hidden Kelly Randall Gallery, Cleveland, OH
2000Multisensory Perception Southside Gallery, Cleveland, OH
1999Glimpses Studio 615 Gallery, Cleveland, OH
1998From the Gilded Cage Art at the Powerhouse, Cleveland, OH

2009Eva G. Farris Art Gallery at Thomas More College Elegeia (with painter Tom Kelly) Crestview Hills, KY
2008Hinterland Das Ueberhaupt (with artist Sabin Aell) Denver, CO
2008…Walker Fine Art Black & White (with sculptor Jerry Wingren) Denver, CO
2007Sam Quinn Fragments (with painter Marissa Shell) Philadelphia, PA
2004Mosaic the Gallery The Unspoken (collaboration with painter Joshua Hogan) Cleveland, OH
2004…Pavanna Gallery Walls Wires Wells: Elements of a Relationship (with photographer Eric Vaughn) Cleveland, OH
2002River Gallery 2D/3D (with ceramicist Robert Bruch) Rocky River, OH

2018Et Tu, Art Brute? AEG Underground at Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, NY (Jamie Sterns organizer)
2017Underbelly H Gallery, Ventura, CA
Drap-Art Trust Arts Education Center, Pittsburgh, PA (curator Tanja Grass)
2017…Rooms To Let The Indigenous House 6808 Gertrude, Cleveland, OH (curator Dott Von Schneider)
2017…Essence of Life Janice Church Gallery, West Bloomfield, MI
2017…Compulsion Sweetwater Center for the Arts, Sewickley, PA (jurors Nicole Capozzi and Josh Hogan)
2016Past, Present, Future Lascaux Gallery, New York, NY
2015Ancestors: Origin and Return Bill Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2015…Touched For the Very First Time Lane Meyer Projects, Denver, CO
2015…The Unspoken Penn State New Kensington, Lower Burrell, PA
2014Creativity Inside the Box Loveland Public Library, Loveland, CO
2014…Style, Form and Color Art Auction, Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, Great Falls, MT
2013Own an Original Littleton Museum, Littleton, CO (juror Margaretta Gilboy)
2013…The Art of Rubbish Aurora Public Library, Aurora, CO
2011Loveland Sculpture Invitational Loveland, CO
2011…EcoCreations Muse Gallery, Longmont, CO
2011…Creative Capital Denver International Airport and the State Capital, Denver, CO
2010Bibelot Show Kanon Collective, Denver, CO (jurors Dave Seiler and Rebecca Vaughn)
2010…Year in Preview Walker Fine Art, Denver, CO
2009The 73rd Midyear Exhibition The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH
2009…Eggs Rocks Pearls Walker Fine Art, Denver, CO
2009…Colorado Art Open Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO (jurors Christoph Heinrich and Michael Chavez)
2008Mummify Me Denver Community Museum, Denver, CO
2008…WOW Show: Wide Open Whatever Core New Art Space, Denver, CO
2007Timeless Gallery 364, Brooklyn, NY
2007…Collector’s Choice Heights Arts, Cleveland Heights, OH
2007…Life in Sculpture Beachwood Community Center, Beachwood, OH
2007…The 6th Annual Art Inter/National…Here and Abroad Box Heart Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
2006Night of 1,000 Drawings Artists Space, New York, NY
2006…The 60th Annual Sculpture Exhibition Pen and Brush, New York, NY
2006…Immaterial Garfield Artworks, Pittsburgh, PA
2005NewsArt: Art From Another Reality Viridian Artists, New York, NY
2005…Taboo Studio Montclair, Montclair, NJ (juror Jerry Saltz)
2005…The 59th Annual Sculpture Exhibition Pen and Brush, New York, NY
20042004 International Assemblage Artist Exhibition Gallery Twenty-Four, Berlin, GER
2004…The RAIN Event: Postcards to the CAC Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA
2003Gnostic Devotions Morgan-West Studio/Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2003…2003 International Assemblage Artist Exhibition Gallery Twenty-Four, Berlin, GER
2003…The Sacred Art Exhibition Box Heart Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
2003…Bitch: Verb or Noun Viscous Arena, Cleveland, OH
2000Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition James M Cox Fine Arts Center, Columbus, OH
2000…The 14th People’s Art Show Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH
1999A Diversity of Women The Art Gallery, Willoughby, OH
1998The 62nd Midyear Exhibition The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH

2018Outsider Art Fair New York, NY, Special Project: Onward (Jamie Sterns organizer)
2015Love Art Toronto Box Heart Gallery, Toronto, CAN
2014Echo Arts Fair Box Heart Gallery, Buffalo, NY


2017Brian O’Neill “The Ultimate Makeovers Arrive Downtown” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
2014…Kurt Shaw “Artists still take an abstract view of the world at Sweetwater exhibit”
2016Sejal Bhima “High Contrast” Atlanta Homes & Lifestyle
2013…Franklin Abbott “Artist Brenda Stumpf opens new show at Bill Lowe Gallery”
2015Lissa Brennan “Brenda Stumpf explores decay and rebirth at Boxheart” Pittsburgh City Paper
2015…Debbie Black “Penn State exhibit features works created through visual communication”
2013Bree Davies “Create Art Out of Found Objects at Recycling Reversal: The Art of Rubbish”
2011Joyce Davis “Sculptor makes the ordinary intriguing” Reporter-Herald
2010Stephanie Grilli “Seshat”
2010…Kyle MacMillan “Divine Inspiration” Denver Post
2010…Bobbi Walker “The Materiality of Brenda Stumpf”
2010…Kyle MacMillan “Gritty RiNo a Safari for Art Lovers” Denver Post
2009A. C. Frabetti “Elegy and the Romantic Mood” Æ
2008Mary Voelz Chandler “Elemental and Natural” Rocky Mountain News
2008…Michael Paglia “Irreconcilable Differences” Westword
2006Anastasia Pantsios “The Right Stumpf” Free Times
2006…Dan Tranberg “Galleries Skip Summer Siesta This Year” Plain Dealer
2006…Douglas Max Utter “Postcards from the Ba: Brenda Stumpf’s Voyages in Egypt” Free Times
2004Emily Rueb “Keep an Eye On” Cleveland Magazine
2004…Nadia Michel “The Unspoken” Scene Magazine
2004…Kurt Shaw “International Medley” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

2014Sally Deskins “Interview with Brenda Stumpf and Nicole Capozzi” Pittsburgh Articulate
2012Tiffany Fitzgerald “The Story Behind Your Soft Silence”
2004Douglas Max Utter “Eating the Dark: An Interview with Brenda Stumpf” Angle Magazine
2003Melissa Smith “D.B.C. Interviews Brenda Stumpf” Don’t Blame Cleveland

2014Recycled Art Dan’s Daily Destination. Fox, KDVR
2014…From Trash to Art Colorado’s Best, Fox, KDVR
2013The Art of Rubbish Aurora News Weekly, Aurora 8
2010Episode 66 – Brenda Stumpf Untitled Art Show
2010…Episode 53 – Bobbi Walker Untitled Art Show

2016The Feeder Jennifer Jackson Berry. YesYes Books
2014Les Femmes Folles: The Women 2014 Sally Deskins, ed. Published by the editor
2005Consumed: Women on Excess Savannah Schroll, ed. So New Media
2008Studio Visit Magazine Steven Zevitas, ed. The Open Studio Press
2006ArtCrimes 21 – Duck and Cover Steven Smith and Kathy Smith, eds. Published by the editors


………….Over 260 private collections throughout the United States and abroad.

………….Eastern New Mexico University Portales, NM
………….Liberty Financial Bank Building Dakota Dunes, SD
………….Saint Vincent Charity Hospital Cleveland, OH
………….The Caritas AIDS Memorial St. Augustine Manor, Cleveland, OH
………….The Crawford Hotel Denver, CO
………….The Ellet Library Akron, OH
………….Trinity Cathedral Cleveland, OH

2012Acclaimed Artist Series New Mexico Arts Art in Public Places program, NM
2011Best of Show EcoCreations, Muse Gallery, Longmont, CO
2007Honorable Mention Timeless, Gallery 364, Brooklyn, NY
2005Dr. J. Kuncaitis Award Thirty Fourth Annual Juried Exhibition, Valley Art Center, Chagrin Falls, OH
2003Second place nomination 2003 International Assemblage Artist Exhibition, Gallery Twenty-Four, Berlin, GER
2003…Best of Show Sacred Art Exhibition, Box Heart Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
1999Best of Fine Arts Discover the Treasure, The Civic, Cleveland Heights, OH
1991Scholarship Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, OH