Hester Stinnett's studio practice seeks to utilize the various tools and processes of printmaking as a direct means of drawing rather than primarily as techniques for reproduction. Process and concept go hand-in-hand and are dependent upon one another in her work. Her images are made, as it were, through the press rather than before the press. They embody an ongoing challenge and balance of chance and control inspired by John Cage’s steadfast use of indeterminancy as a creative strategy in musical composition. Their internal structures reveal our attempts to tether ideas, obligations and decisions in a world of transition and flux.
Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is collected in numerous private and public collections, including the National Gallery of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Walker Art Center. In 2004, she was awarded a Pennsylvania Council Artist Fellowship for Works on Paper. She was an artist in residence at the Fabric Workshop in 2003 and has presented printmaking workshops at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine and the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado.
MFA, Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University
BFA, Hartford Art School, University Hartford
Selected Awards and Residencies
Artist’s Print Residency
Brandywine Graphics Workshop
Philadelphia Print Collaborative Portfolio Artist (2003)
The Fabric Workshop and Museum
Artist in Residence
Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial
Johnson, L. M. & Stinnett, H. (1987). Water-based Inks: A Screenprinting Manual for Studio and
Classroom. Philadelphia, PA: University of the Arts Press.