Paula DeStefanis

Paula Destefanis works between acrylic and oil painting. Each medium renders an unique response.  In acrylic, she draws from her daily experiences, beginning each canvas as written journal. The acrylic paintings are mult-layered and often very geometrical.  In oils,  she is drawn to the patina and decay of aged surfaces. Painting many layers with unconventional tools and often scratching away to find what lay beneath. Paula is a Milwaukee-based artist, who holds a BFA from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design and following course work with the Museum School in Boston. A practicing artist for 30 years. Her work is in private collections world wide. In addition her work can be found in corporate collections including; Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Thorsen School, Richards School. Select exhibitions include: Museum of Wisconsin Art; Milwaukee Art Museum, Tory Folliard Gallery, The Arts Mill, The Brickton Art Center, Wustum Art Museum, WI Lutheran College.
Paula is also active in the local arts community through her work with North Shore Academy of the Arts and the Arts Mill where she is the Director. She has taught as the Milwaukee Art Museum, West Bend Art Museum, MIAD and the Wustum. She was recently awarded her second Mary Nohl Suitcase Award, which allowed her to exhibit in the UK in August 2017.  In 2010 she was elected to a 3-year appointment to the Village of Grafton Arts Board. In 2012 she was the recipient of a Mary Nohl Suitcase Award, with those funds she was able to travel to New York and exhibit her work. In 2012 she exhibited in Chelsea London.
Her newest adventure is as co-managing director of The Cooperativa Studio Gallery in the Third Ward, a space for artists to create, produce and develop their artistic practice.

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