Stacy received her MFA in visual arts from Rutgers University in 2001. She holds a BA from Oberlin College where she majored in studio art. She has participated in over one hundred exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the United States. Her work was included in an exhibition titled “Silent Witness: Migration Stories Through Synagogues Transformed, Rebuilt, or Left Behind” at the Holocaust Memorial Center, Detroit Michigan. Stacy was the recipient of an Artists in the Community Grant from the Greater Columbus Arts Council as well as an artist’s grant from Vermont Studio Center, where she spent a month in 2012 preparing her latest solo show, Vermont Stories. She lives in Columbus, where she teaches at Ohio University, and Columbus State Community College. T he Sharon Weiss Gallery in Columbus represents her work.
“I always begin my paintings with research into an issue or idea from the inspiration for my topic. In this project , I researched Pontiac, the maker of the hubcap, and found images of cars like the Firebird logos that included a Native American symbol. I was intrigued by the turquoise color of the Pontiac classic car I saw. Using this background, I created an abstract work of art that references the colors and images of the cars I found. This project challenged me to experiment with working on a surface that was so different from the traditional two-dimensional surfaces I normally work with. ”Stacy Leeman