About: Stephanie Thames was born and raised in Illinois, and has lived in Oakland, California for more than thirty years. She is mostly self-taught, but she studied for a year and half at California College of the Arts and Crafts during her early years.
In 2018, Stephanie Thames received the Jan Hart Schuyers Creative Merit Award through The Art of Living Black, establishing her as one TALOB’s Spotlight Artists and Featured Speakers. She has exhibited at The Richmond Art Gallery in conjunction with The Art of Living Black, Jingletown Art Gallery, Merritt College Art Gallery and Float Center & Art Gallery.
She is an emerging painter and sculptor who is deeply rooted in daily spirituality and uses art as part of the healing process for herself and others. In her experience of working with clay Stephanie has learned that, while it is a beautiful thing for our minds to be open to new lessons, creativity is innate, subjective and needs to be nourished on the artists terms.