Stephanie Barenz is an artist who makes mixed media work about place, sojourning, and storytelling. She is currently living in Shanghai, China but calls the Milwaukee / Chicago area home. 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, 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, the Huffington Post, and among others. She has taught at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Wisconsin Lutheran College, and Hangzhou Dianzi University in Southeast China.
She enjoys working out of her studio in Shanghai, exploring the city, traveling, and teaching part-time at Concordia International School.