Stacey Lee Webber is an artist and designer. She was born into a large family in the suburbs of Indianapolis She grew up in an outspoken home with two vibrant older sisters accompanied by traditional, hard working parents. Growing up in a middle class family, Webber was taught the value of a dollar through labor, loyalty, and work ethic.
Webber earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Metals under Patricia Nelson and a Master of Fine Arts in metals at the University of Wisconsin-Madison under Lisa Gralnick and Kim Cridler. The artist explored Milwaukee and Chicago before making a pivotal move to Philadelphia; where she has had an opportunity to focus on continuing her artistic investigations, including sculpture and jewelry.
Webber currently has a live-in studio space in the Frankford area of Philadelphia at the Globe Dye Works Building, and is currently teaching advanced and introductory metals courses at the University of the Arts while working as a jeweler.
Webber’s “Craftsmen Collection” contains working man’s tools recreated in copper pennies. The sculptures are entirely hollow and true to size. The ghostlike representations of the original tools question the value of labor and time inherent in the object. The collection, and the artist, caught the attention of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, which featured Webber in its “40 under 40” series.
The circular saw, above, was Webber’s first attempt at replicating a power tool in her Craftsmen Series. “It was quite a challenge,” says the artist.
Stacey Lee Webber’s work can be found in the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery, Washington DC; Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton MA; Museum of Art & Design, NYC; Two Old Hippies, Nashville TN; The Great Republic, Washington DC; and Uncommon Goods, Brooklyn NY, among others.
Meet Stacey Lee Webber and see her latest work at Charlotte Contemporary: the Art, Design & Fashion Event of the Year!
October 14, 15 & 16 / Park Expo Center, Liberty Hall
800 Briar Creek Road / Charlotte, NC 28205