• Brenda Stumpf, contemporary American abstract artist

Brenda Stumpf (American, b.1972) is a contemporary sculptor and painter. Stumpf is a self-taught artist and began exhibiting her work during the mid-1990s. She has been recognized for her intricate use of unorthodox materials such as the paper of steeped tea bags, unraveled rope, sand, plastic flowers, animal bones, salvaged wood, discarded metal, and scraped wallpaper to create sculptures and assembled paintings that have a baroque sensibility intertwined with evocative subject matter. Mythology, mysticism, poetry, and ancient history are deep wells for Stumpf. While deconstructing her materials and recreating anew with the fragments, she takes an almost shamanistic approach – a potent act akin to the cycle of death and rebirth.

Stumpf’s paintings, sculpture, and works on paper have been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, The Butler Institute of American Art, The Littleton Museum, The Strohl Art Center, Pittsburgh Glass Center, and The Outsider Art Fair. The artist’s work has been juried into numerous exhibits by the likes of Jerry Saltz, senior art critic and columnist for New York Magazine; Christoph Heinrich, Director of the Denver Art Museum; Jamie Sterns, writer and the curatorial director of Brooklyn’s Interstate Projects; and Taras Malta, Associate Director and current Acting Director of the University of Maryland Art Gallery.

Designers, architects, institutions, and private clients have commissioned Stumpf to create signature works, and to date, her art resides in over 350 private collections throughout the United States and abroad. Originally from Parma, Ohio, the artist currently lives and works in Denver, Colorado.


2021 G44 Gallery “ALCHYMIA” Colorado Springs, CO
2021 BRDG Project Gallery “ELEGY: For What Has Passed” Denver, CO
2021 Sager Reeves Gallery “For a Time They Took Pleasure There” Columbia, MO
2020 ZYNKA Gallery “Consecrated” Pittsburgh, PA
2019 Westmoreland Museum (Robertshaw Gallery) “Cavomyrt” Greensburg, PA
2018 Jodee Harris Gallery “Bewitched” Greensburg, PA
2017 The Mine Factory “Ritual & Relic” Pittsburgh, PA
2016 Bill Lowe Gallery “Cavomyrt” Atlanta, GA
2015 Box Heart Gallery “Between Worlds” Pittsburgh, PA
2013 GroundSwell Gallery “Odes” Denver, CO
2012 Ironton “Blood Roses: A Cycle of Souls” Denver, CO
2010 Walker Fine Art “Seshat” Denver, CO
2007 Valley Art Center “Utterances” Chagrin Falls, OH
2006 E. Gordon Gallery “Offerings and Attributes” Cleveland, OH
2006 Exit Gallery “Sand and Water” Kent, OH
2004 Box Heart Gallery “Bride of Epimetheus” Pittsburgh, PA 


2021 Sohn Fine Art “Motifi” Lenox, MA
2021 Les Femmes Folles “Feminist Connect” online exhibit
2021 Loveland Public Library “Art in the Galleria” Loveland, CO
2020 Greg Moon Art Gallery “Taos Arts Insurgency: The New Protagonists” Taos, NM
2019 ZYNKA Gallery “Current” Presented by The Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA
2019 Tubac Center of the Arts “Arizona Aqueous XXXIV” Tubac, AZ
2019 Pittsburgh Glass Center “Idea Furnace Retrospective” Pittsburgh, PA
2019 Sager Braudis Gallery “2019 May Exhibit” Columbia, MO
2019 Strohl Art Center “Small Sculptures: Big Impact” Chautauqua, NY
2019 Strohl Art Center “On Common Ground: Works on Paper” Chautauqua, NY
2018 AEG Underground at Andrew Edlin Gallery “Et Tu, Art Brute?” New York, NY
2017 H Gallery “Underbelly” Ventura, CA
2016 Lascaux Gallery “Past, Present, Future” New York, NY
2015 Bill Lowe Gallery “Ancestors: Origin and Return” Atlanta, GA
2015 Penn State New Kensington “The Unspoken” Lower Burrell, PA
2011 Loveland Sculpture Invitational “20th Anniversary” Loveland, CO
2009 Butler Institute of American Art “73rd Midyear Exhibition” Youngstown, OH


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


2020 Sager Braudis Gallery Fall Session Artists-in-Residence, Columbia, MO
2017 Pittsburgh Glass Center Idea Furnace, Pittsburgh, PA


2019 Arizona Aqueous XXXIV, The Tubac Center of the Arts Juror’s Prize
2019 James Renwick Alliance Chrysalis Award in Mixed Media Honorable Mention
2012 New Mexico Arts Acclaimed Artist Series Purchase Award
2011 EcoCreations, Muse Gallery Best of Show
2007 Timeless, Gallery 364 Honorable Mention
2005 34th Annual Juried Exhibition, Valley Art Center Dr. J. Kuncaitis Award
2003 Sacred Art Exhibition, Box Heart Gallery Best of Show
1991 Columbus College of Art and Design Partial Scholarship


2021 Tenent Podcast Episode 95
2021 Feminist Connect “Artist-Curator Virtual Talk” Youtube uploaded by Sally_Art
2019 Speaking of the Arts 89.5 KOPN, May 3rd Episode
2018 PCTV21 “9 Artists 9 Neighborhoods”
2014 Dan’s Daily Destination Fox KDVR “Recycled Art”
2018 Colorado’s Best Fox KDVR “From Trash to Art”
2013 Aurora News Weekly, Aurora 8 “The Art of Rubbish”
2010 Untitled Art Show Episode 66


2020 LOCAL Pittsburgh Brenda Stumpf: Looking for Things We Can’t See.
2018 LOCAL Pittsburgh A Studio Visit with Brenda Stumpf.
2018 Creativenonfiction.org On Mystery & Materiality.
2014 Pittsburgh Articulate Interview with Brenda Stumpf & Nicole Capozzi.
2012 Westword.com The Story Behind Your Soft Silence.


2021 Southwest Contemporary Magazine “Volume 3 Inhale/ Exhale”
2020 Pittsburgh Current “Galleries Begin Opening Their Doors”
2019 The Chautauqua Daily “Works on Paper, Blows Open the Parameters of Drawing”
2019 The Chautauqua Daily “Variety of Paper-Centric Art Takes Center Stage”
2017 Local Arts Pittsburgh “Art Show Recap”
2017 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette “The Ultimate Makeovers Arrive Downtown”
2017 Triblive.com “Artists still take an abstract view of the world at Sweetwater”
2016 Atlanta INtown “Brenda Stumpf opens new show at Bill Lowe Gallery”
2015 Pittsburgh City Paper “Stumpf explores decay and rebirth at Boxheart”
2013 Westword.com “Create Art Out of Found Objects at Recycling Reversal”
2011 Reporter-Herald “Sculptor makes the ordinary intriguing”
2010 Artscribe.net “Seshat”


Over 350 private collections throughout the United States and abroad


TRYP Hotel Pittsburgh, PA
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

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