Stephanie Barenz is an artist who makes mixed media work about place, travel, and storytelling. Barenz has lived and worked in China and will be moving there again, this time to Shanghai in the summer of 2017. She calls the midwest home and has lived in St. Louis, Milwaukee, Chicago, and near the Twin Cities. 

Stephanie received her MFA in Visual Arts from Washington University in St. Louis in 2009 and spent a year studying at Santa Reparata International School of Art in Florence, Italy.

Barenz has completed artist residencies through the Students Artist League of New York, the Pfister Hotel AiR program in Milwaukee, and at the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative.  Her work has been acquired by notable public collectors, such as Northwestern Mutual and Alverno College and has private collectors across the United States and in Europe. Her paintings have been exhibited at the Milwaukee Art Museum, Museum of Wisconsin Art, Dean Jensen Gallery, the John Michael Kohler Art Center, Expo 72 in Chicago, and more. 

Barenz's work has been featured in The Artist's Magazine, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, MPTV, Milwaukee Magazine, the Huffington Post, and many more. To learn more please visit her Exhibitions page. 



Stephanie was recently invited to do a radio interview with 102.9 FM | Madison, WI about her new body of work, Traverse. To listen to the interview, please click the button link. 


Stephanie's recent solo exhibition, Traverse, at the Art + Lit Lab in Madison, WI.