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San Francisco artist, Marcia Stuermer, originally from northern Ohio, attended Cooper School of Art, the Cleveland Institute of Art and received her BFA in Sculpture/Drawing from the Kansas City Art Institute. After her college years, she decided to flee the Midwest for the fair city of San Francisco that she’d visited so many times in her youth during adventurous family summer road trips to California.  

Stuermer Studios' showroom/gallery is located in the South of Market area of San Francisco. 

Stuermer’s unique artwork transforms her primary medium of translucent resin into evocative investigations of emotion, thought and memory in a type of conceptual freeze-framing. Whether connected aesthetically and/or conceptually, she is driven by her fascination with scientific inquiry related to the natural, chemical and biological worlds, the underpinnings of which she feels have a certain relevance to our contemporary milieu. The elements of surprise, wonder and unforeseen beauty are central to Stuermer’s artwork in combination with her desire to convert the commonplace to the sublime. She often exposes microscopic, unnoticed and/or overlooked elements via intricate ink drawings to unveil unimagined beauty and meanings using the duality of nature + technology to pique the viewers’ discovery of new realities.

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BACKGROUND 
Stuermer’s scientific inquiry of the underlying energy and beauty in nature directs her unique alchemy. She is renowned for her transformations of resin in combination with other materials into thought provoking and stimulating visual dialogues. Whether in her conceptual artwork, her imaginative architectural applications, or her dynamic site-specific art installations, Stuermer captures an ethereal sense of delicately frozen animation that is beautifully integrated into compelling statements.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS, PUBLIC ART INSTALLATIONS

2017      2017 Design Pavilion, Times Square, NYC

2016     “National Juried Exhibition” Axis Gallery, Sacramento, C

2015     “50|50”, Sanchez Arts Center, Pacifica, CA
              “Botanica: All Things Plant Life,” Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA
             “Ordering,” Hang Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2014     “Front Lines,” Hang Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
             “Biblorganic Barcode,” Duvall Public Library permanent installation, Duvall, WA
              Roche Bobois, San Francisco, CA

2013     “2D-3D Works 2013”, National Juried Exhibition, LH Horton Jr. Gallery, Stockton, CA
             “Art for AIDS 2013”, Metreon, San Francisco, CA 2013
             “Best of SOMA,” Triptych Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2012     “Coded Constructs,” solo show, Gruss Center of Visual Arts, Lawrenceville, NJ
             “2012 National Juried Group Exhibition,” 5 Claude Lane Gallery, San Francisco, CA
             “7th National Juried Exhibition,” Axis Gallery, Sacramento, CA
             “Art for AIDS 2012,” Metreon, San Francisco, CA
             “Spring Soma Open Studios Exhibition,” Artspan Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2011     “Migration,” permanent installation, Sacramento International Airport, Sacramento, CA
             “The Guerrilla Show: Join the Revolution,” ARC Gallery, San Francisco, CA
             “Somania,” ARC Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2010     “4-Squared,” ARC Gallery; San Francisco, CA
             “Cellular Barcode,” permanent installation, Visa Corporation, Foster City, CA
             “An Exploration in Color & Design” , LH Horton Jr. Gallery, Stockton, CA

2009     “Open Studios Exhibition,” Artspan Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2007     “Arcadia,” California Modern Gallery, San Francisco, CA
             “Explorations,” solo show, Fossil Faux Studios Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2004     “Best Seats In The House,” Bucheon Gallery, San Francisco, CA
             “Source,” Gensler Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2003     “Bay Area Conceptual Furniture Art,” Blue Room Gallery; San Francisco, CA
             “The Blue Show,” Den Gallery; San Francisco, CA

2002     “Fusion,” permanent public installation, King County Library System, Issaquah, WA

SELECTED AWARDS, HONORS AND RESIDENCIES

2015      Palo Alto Prequalified Artist Pool for Public Art
2013      Sound Transit Artist Roster | Public art finalist for Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs 
              San Francisco & Alameda Art Commission Prequalified Artist Pools for Public Art
2012      Peoples Choice Award, “7th National Juried Exhibition,” Axis Gallery, Sacramento
2011      Artist Roster for Public Art, Oakland + Seattle Art Commissions
2009      Jurors Choice Award, “Open Studios Exhibition,” Artspan, San Francisco, CA
1987      Ohio Arts Council Fellowship Award
1983-87 Residencies: Ohio Arts Council, Cleveland Museum of Art, MOCACleveland, SPACES Gallery

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS AND PRESS

2012       Domergue, Denise. Applied Arts Vienna Symposium
               Le, Anh-Minh. San Francisco Chronicle, “History Remade”
               Axis Gallery 7th National Juried Exhibition Catalog
2011       Sacramento Magazine, “Best of Sacramento-Snapshots”
               Nordstrom, Robert. Airport Improvement, “Public Art”
               Turner, Rob. Sactown Magazine; “Exhibit B”
               Roth, David M. SquareCylinder “Sacramento Airport Art Scores A Hit”      
2010       Connell, Regina. Handful of Salt; “Bay Area Design Craft Heroine: Marcia Stuermer”
               Meisel, Ari. LEED Materials: A Resource Guide to Green Building, Princeton Architectural Press
2009        Alati, Danine. Contract Magazine, “Pinstripe Pride”
2007        Boone, Lisa /Nakano, Craig. Los Angeles Times, “A Cool Shift Underfoot”
2005        Roberts, Jennifer. Redux: Designs that Reveal, Recycle and Redefine, Gibbs Smith
                Interior Design 
                Nunn, Jeannie. California Home+Design; “Living with Art; Capturing Her Message In a Moment'     
2004        7x7 Magazine; The Best of San Francisco
                Read, Cornelia. Oakland Magazine, “Counter Intuitive-Resin d’ Ertte
2003        Sardar, Zahid. San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, “Designs that Move”
                Interior Design, “Nature’s Resin”
                Architectural Record
2001        Sunset Magazine
2000        Kooser, Amanda. Entrepreneur Magazine, “ Pulse-Recompute”
1999        Ho, Cathy Lang. San Francisco & Bay Area Contemporary Design, SOMA Books
                Carpenter, Susan. Los Angeles Times, “Rebooting the Elements of Modern DesigN
                Magasaysay, Missy, SOMA Magazine, “White Noise”
1998        Busta, William. Howling at the Edge of a Renaissance: SPACES and Alternative Art in       Cleveland 
                Loukin, Andrea. Interior Design Magazine
                Meissner, Gerd. Stern Magazine & Konr@d Magazine               
1997        Wired Magazine, US and UK editions

SELECTED PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

The Sacramento International Airport
Visa Corporation 
F.M. Kirby Science Center, The Lawrenceville School 
The King County Library System
Duvall Public Library 
Rabobank 
Cleveland Foodbank 
Deutsche Post 
Beach Chalet Restaurant

EDUCATION
1982, BFA (Sculpture), Kansas City Art Institute
1979-80, Cleveland Institute of Art, OH 
1976-78, Cooper School of Art, OH