Stephanie Dishno is a sculptural artist currently creating in Missoula, Montana. Most recently, she instructed 3D Foundations and Ceramics at the University of Montana Western. From 2020 to 2022, she was a Long-Term Resident Artist at the Clay Studio of Missoula and was the Studio Manager and Co-Founder of Wildfire Ceramic Studio.
Stephanie’s education in the arts includes a BFA from Herron School of Art and Design in 2012, a Post-Baccalaureate from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2016, and an MFA from the University of Montana in 2020. Stephanie has also attended two short-term residencies at Red Lodge Clay Center and was a Co-Director for a year and a half at FrontierSpace Art Gallery in Missoula, Montana.
My work is about life experiences that come together to create a personal narrative that portrays a journey through life and constructs a sense of identity. Each figure embodies a quintessential moment that feels exclusively intimate but is often universally experienced. Individually, each figure reads like a snapshot in time, much like a chapter in a book. Together the figures create a story from my perspective and curiosities as a woman in today's society.
I activate the surrounding space with color which creates a visual divide. The divide is a metaphor for where our inner and outer worlds coincide. Our personal narratives are portrayed in white, and the universal narrative is represented in black. This creates an intimate dichotomy that is interwoven between the viewers and the sculptures.