Visual and Performing Arts
Rummaged, Recycled, and Reused.
This is a one person show featuring the most recent work of Stacy Thomas Medaries consisting of fifteen paintings and one sculpture. It is completely different from any works she has previously done. Each piece contains at least one object that has been incorporated into the image. The objects are usually old and rusted and sometimes thought to be junk by others. The images are sculpted from paper pulp and then painted with Acrylic paints. Each piece is very colorful and imaginative. Stacy started collecting some of these objects as long as ten years ago with the intention of doing something with them, but uncertain exactly what that would be. This exhibit is the culmination of many years of collecting and contemplation; and many months of hard work. It promises to be a show that delight its viewers.
Stacy Thomas Medaries
I consider myself an artist above all things. It is a source of inspiration, excitement, and growth for me. I question and learn about myself and life through art. I express my love and passion. I am constantly learning new techniques, developing new ideas and images, and exploring new forms of media.
My most recent explorations have led me to try a new medium, alcohol Ink on aluminum. I have been working within this medium for two years, and it has been very exciting because it is a medium that is not common. Most people that see my work tell me they have never seen anything like it anywhere. I like that about it. It is actually a very old medium used often during the middle ages, embossed metal.
I begin by drawing an image into a thin sheet of aluminum. I then sculpt the image by pressing out on the back and pushing in on the front. After the image is finished, I paint it with alcohol ink. Alcohol ink is different from anything I have ever worked with. You cannot paint with it like you would acrylic or oil. Also it never dries to a state that I would consider permanent. It must be coated with a surface to protect it. The alcohol ink is very transparent. This allows light to travel through the color and then reflect off of the metal background. This creates a glowing effect. Because of this people think it is glass or something. The color is very brilliant. I love color and have thoroughly enjoyed exploring the possibilities of this medium.
My subject matter is quite varied. I am however drawn to subjects and images that were popular during the Middle Ages. I am very inspired my myth and spirituality. I love line and pattern, and am inspired works that are very decorative such as Art Nouveau and Gothic Art. I like to try to push the limits of subjects with this new medium as well. I have tried portraiture, landscape, and abstract works. I just want to see what my limitations are. I love this new medium. I intend to keep exploring it as a medium as long as it continues to offer me excitement and push the limits of my imagination.
2012 Salzburg Global Seminar, Salzburg, Austria
2010- 2011 Prescott College, For the Liberal Arts, the Environment, and Social Justice
1996- 2000 Master of Fine Arts, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, La.
1991-1996 Bachelor of Fine Art, Louisiana Tech university, Ruston, La.
Magna cum Laude
1996 Tech Rome
1988- 1991 Delta Ouachita Vo-tech, West Monroe, La.
Awards and Honors:
1999 Teaching Assistantship, Louisiana Tech University
1998 Monitor Assistantship, Louisiana Tech University
1993 Member of Phi-Kappa-Phi Honor Society
2005- Present Louisiana Delta Community College, Instructor of Fine Art
2003- 2004 Louisiana Delta Community College, Adjunct instructor of Fine Art
2002- 2005 Ouachita Parish School System, Talented Art Teacher
2001-2002 Morehouse Parish Jr. High, Art Teacher
2000- 2001 Michaels Frame Shop, Framer
1998 Odell Pottery, Ruston, Assistant
1997- 1998 Luv-N-Care, Sculptor
2014 Featured in article, “Stacy Medaries-Artist, teacher and president of the Downtown Art Alliance, The News star, Monroe, La., May 24, 2014.
2014 Arkansas Arts Center, 56th Annual Delta Exhibition
2014-Present Member of the Ouchita River Gallery, West Monroe, La.
2013 Art with a Bayou View, Juried exhibition, at Ulm Library Conference Center, Monroe, La. Juror: Edwin Pinkston. Awards: Jurors Award.
2013- Present Member of Star Gallery, Hot Springs AR.
2013 LPB Art and Travel Auction, with image in catalog.
2013 LCTCS Faculty Art Showcase, At the LCTCS System Office, Baton Rouge, La. Two year permanent display.
2013 Cabinet of Curiosities exhibition, Downstairs Gallery, Monroe, La. presented an artist talk.
2013- Present Member of Sugar Gallery, Monroe, La.
2011- 2012 Member of the Mystic Art Gallery, West Monroe, La.
2011 Judged Ouachita parish’s Talented Art Spring exhibition
2010 Featured in article, Monroe Arts and Crafts Examiner, Examiner.com
2009 Mystic Art Gallery, Monroe, La. December Gallery Crawl
2007 Masur Museum Members Exhibition, Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, La.
2007 Blue Christmas with Elvis exhibition, Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, La.
2006 SAAC, 2006 Annual Juried Art Competition, South Arkansas Arts Center, El Dorado, AR. Juror: Mary Anderson
2005 Louisiana Artists Competition and exhibit, LSU Union Art Gallery, Baton Rouge, La. Juror: Dean Dablow
2003 Featured in article, Delta in Style Magazine
2003 Single Person Exhibition, Edmund Williamson Art Gallery, Monroe, La.
2002 “An Exhibit of Two Thomases,” Two person Exhibition, TRAHC, Texarkana, AR.
2001 The 28th Annual Juried Art Competition, Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, La. Juror: Michael Klein
2001 Graduate show, Louisiana Tech, Ruston, La.
1998 Louisiana Tech, Tech Rome juried Exhibition, Ruston, La.
1996 The 23rd Annual Juried Competition, Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, La. Awards: Juror’s Award. Juror: John B Henry III
1995 One person exhibition, Cotton port coffee, Monroe, La.
Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, La.
TRAHC, Texarkana, AR