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Tool Stories: Lissa Hunter and Jo Stealey
Lissa Hunter is a studio artist working in textiles, basketry, clay, and drawing. She is a teacher, writer, and curator, living in Portland, Maine. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum of Art + Design in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, among others.
Jo Stealey is a nationally celebrated artist, author, curator, professor emerita, and founding director of the School of Visual Studies at the University of Missouri. Her work is inspired by the natural world, where she harvests many of the materials she uses. Focused on sculptural vessels using basketry techniques and handmade paper, she explores the celebration of personal experiences relating to mundane aspects of life. Her work is found in private and public collections such as the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and the Kahn collection.