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 patrons. 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 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. She currently teaches at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and Wisconsin Lutheran College and has also taught at Hangzhou Dianzi University in Southeast China.
She enjoys working out of Material Studio and Gallery in Milwaukee's Third Ward. Barenz currently lives in Milwaukee with her husband Zach but will be relocating to Shanghai, China in the summer of 2017.