Stacy Isenbarger creates dialog through her works by highlighting perceived boundaries built from one’s environment or their perception of it. Through explorations of unexpected material collisions, poetic narratives, shared iconography, and collective engagement, Isenbarger continuously seeks ways to express complex negotiations of place and the desire to feel whole within it.

How does one confront and establish themselves among others’ directives? How does one find their place and their understanding when boundary lines are drawn by others? What is lost and gained through our layered understandings of home, difference, and relevance?

Inspired by these negotiations, she works to understand how these outside dynamics weave our sense of common ground.

[ website note: poetic phrasing and quotes presented as introductions for artwork pages are constucted from pieced together text found in Isenbarger’s sketchbooks. ]

Stacy Isenbarger’s creative pursuits include sculpture, installation, mixed-media drawings, student mentorship and supporting community exchange through art.  Isenbarger is the co-creator and a contributing editor for the studio art faculty online resource WhatDoWeDoNow.Art.

As Foundations Coordinator and Associate Professor of Art + Design at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho, USA, she celebrates her opportunities to explore creative communication and empowerment. She received her BFA at Clemson University & her MFA from the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia—two places she has tremendous gratitude for especially in regard to how both experiences shaped her approach to teaching. When she's not teaching or making—and sometimes when she is—she's usually dancing since the act continuously validates her joy of community acceptance and shaking up space.

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