Stefanie Pender

Stefanie Pender
is an artist who moves between antiquated and contemporary media to bring objects into and out of existence. Operating within the plane where new technologies intersect with traditional systems of making, her interests are in the modulation between material and idea, between form and abstraction, and between presence and absence.
She is dedicated to the discipline of traditional techniques of craft processes and to understanding the embodiment of intangible culture. She is a recent recipient of a Fulbright Grant in Italy, where she spent the past year apprenticing in workshops to experience the passage of tacit knowledge of glassmaking.

Education:
2009   MFA   Rhode Island School of Design      Providence, RI
2003   BS     Cornell University  Ithaca, NY

Selected exhibitions:
2013    Rhode Island School of Design Faculty Biennial, RISD Museum, Providence, RI
2012    Illuminations: Paul Myoda and Stefanie Pender, Chazan Gallery, Providence, RI Interaction/Immersion, The Kellaway Center, Pawtucket, RI, Curated by RK projects, Alison Paschke and Lynne Harlow The Wonder Show, AS220, Providence, RI Sympathetic Magic, Special Collections, Providence Public Library, RI Glass, Minnestrista, Muncie, IN
2011     Rhode Island School of Design Faculty Biennial, RISD Museum, Providence, RI
2010     To Write This Work, Sol Koffler Gallery, Providence, RI
2009     Prima Materia, Machines with Magnets, Pawtucket, RI
             RISD Glass Triennial, Woods-Gerry Gallery, Providence, RI
Annual Graduate Student Exhibition, Providence Convention Center, Providence, RI
How is This Glass? Of Post-Glass and Glass Guerilla Artists
Market Street, Corning, NY
Fragile Present, Hillel Gallery, Providence, RI
2008     (rí-flék’sh?ns), Sol Koffler Gallery, Providence, RI
2006     Stefanie Pender and Agata Michalowska, Benson Hall Gallery, Providence, RI
Glass Triennial, Woods-Gerry Gallery, Providence, RI HONORS
2013     RISD PTFA Technical Development Fund
2012     RISD PTFA Technical Development Fund RISD Professional Development   Grant, “Tensile Vision”

2011     RISD PTFA Technical Development Fund Scholarship to the Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass

2009 / 2010   Fulbright Grant to study sculpture in Venice, Italy

 Apprentice to Lino Tagliapietra, Davide Fuin, and at Elite Murano in Murano, Italy

2007 / 2008   Rhode Island School of Design Graduate Fellowship

2008      Rifkin Scholarship to attend Pilchuck Glass School to study with Pino Signoretto
Scholarship to the Corning Museum of Glass to study with Jeff Mack
Recipient of Friends of Glass Scholarship
2007      Honorable Mention, RISD Graduate Award of Excellence in Fine Art
Recipient of The Albert K. Murray Fine Arts Award
2005      Marian Ebert-Wolle Art Scholarship 40th Annual Student Exhibition, Sculpture Award

Contact:
Stefanie Pender
spender@risd.edu