June 10 - July 24, 2011
Barbara Stanczak has a great relationship with the beauty of the earth and its natural materials. Guided by the lifecycles imprinted in its veins and textures, Barbara coaxes the wood and stone into revealing their secrets and spirit. Barbara's work is uncluttered and simplistic with deep shadows and gentle slopes revealing the beauty and rythym of the wood grain or the texture of the stone. She does not subdue the material, but opens it up to reveal its wonder. Originally from Germany, Barbara is a resident of Ohio and lives with her husband and painter, Julian Stanczak.
Born in Hamm, Germany, in 1941, Barbara Stanczak initiated her study in art in her native land before coming to the United States on a student visa in 1960. For the next three years she painted frescos at the Cincinnati Art Academy, earning many academic credits in Fine arts, painting, printmaking, sculpture and graphic arts. In 1963 she married the noted artist Julian Stanczak, and thereafter pursued various studies in art under scholarships. From 1977 to the present, she has served as Professor at Cleveland Institute of Art, receiving a MA in Art Education and Art History at Case Western Reserve University in 1990. Her fascination with sculpture has made this a dominant medium in her work, which over the last two decades has attracted considerable attention in the general arts community, and established a solid reputation. Invitational and solo exhibitions during this time include The Cleveland Center of Contemporary Art, Ursuline college, Lakeland Community College, Cleveland Botanical Gardens, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Ohio State University at Mansfield, Butler Institute of American Art, State University of New York at Buffalo, and University of Wisconsin at Madison. Among the collections which include her work are The Hausertonic Museum of Art, Bridgeport, CN; The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio; Central Cadillac Headquarters, Cleveland, Ohio; UB Anderson Gallery at the State University of New York at Buffalo, and Fairview Lutheran Foundation, Rocky River, Ohio.
Barbara Stanczak, Bulbous, oak and copper, 18x19x16