Stephanie J. Ryan earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis, MO, in 1990, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. Ryan has over 25 years experience as a professional studio artist and art educator. She served as a screenprinter’s apprentice for 4 years at Handprints in St. Louis, and later was awarded an assistantship at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, CO in 1997. Ryan served as Assistant Professor of Art and Head of Printmaking at Truman State University, in Kirksville, MO where she taught undergraduate courses in all levels (and areas) in printmaking, as well as drawing and figure drawing. Currently, Ryan is a Professor of Art in Drawing/Painting at California State University, Fresno, where she teaches all levels of drawing and painting, including graduate seminars. She is a full professor and has served at Fresno State since 2000.
Ryan is a figurative representational artist interested in exploring the behaviors that spring from the experience of the human family system (in various forms and definitions), as the composite structure in the psyche that informs and motivates human behavior, both conscious and unconscious. Ryan’s main visual strategy is the use of disrupted narratives to create a space for investigation of the complexities of interpersonal relationships through the resulting visual tension visible in the work. Ryan references dreams, memory, and found photographs, interwoven with images appropriated from popular culture, fairy tales, alchemical treatises, medical textbooks, and other sources. Ryan has exhibited her work in numerous national and international venues, and is included in many public and private art collections.
Specialties: Oil and Acrylic Painting, Traditional and Contemporary Drawing, Figure Drawing with emphasis on human anatomy, use of mixed-media and alternative drawing approaches, use of low-tech and non-toxic printmaking techniques, as well as all major printmaking processes (intaglio, relief, lithography, and silkscreen).