Stephanie Barenz is an artist who makes mixed media work about place, sojourning, and storytelling. She also creates commissioned paintings that honor the stories of her clients.  She 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 Journal Sentinel, MPTV, Milwaukee Magazine, the Huffington Post, and many more. To learn more please visit her Exhibitions page. 


I am taking my studio to Periscope and YouNow. I will be posting live streaming videos of me drawing and discussing my studio process. You can see my everyday drawing project come to life in real time, chat with me live during the process, or see how I create a painting. Follow my profile @stephaniebarenz on Periscope, YouNow, or Twitter to get updates!


View my gallery and see the new work I have added to my portfolio. You can purchase new work through my studio store


I have been posting a drawing everyday for 2016. You can see the entire collection on Instagram or check back here to see my updated daily feed. 


Waysides at John Michael Kohler Art Center // April 2 to October 3, 2016

Sense of Place at Cedarburg Cultural Center // October 2016 // Dates TBA


Interested in commissioning a mural? I am currently working on four murals at Aperture a new development on the North End in Milwaukee and have a background in technical theater and mural painting. Contact me for more details.