Becky Stevens Bio
Kansas City based artist Becky Stevens received her BFA in sculpture and design in 1986. She is a mixed media artist with a passion for fiber. She was taught how to create with a sewing machine as young child by her grandmother, a retired pattern cutter for Nelly Don. Her mother was an award-winning fiber artist who put Becky to work in her teens, helping to create crocheted sisal sculptural wall pieces. After graduating she taught as a substitute teacher for the Belton and Blue Springs school district. She spent several summers working for Access Arts, leading a team of artists, using art to help blind children interpret their environment.
Her community arts activism includes a seat on the board of the Kansas City Weavers Guild from 2006 -2016, a board member of Missouri Fiber Artists (MoFA) since 2013, a founding member of the Feltmakers Federation (regional group of felt artists) and the founder of Surface Design Master Classes for the Kansas City Weavers Guild. She is a member of Surface Design Association, Kansas City Artist Coalition, Missouri Fiber Artists, and the St Louis Artist Guild.
Becky has been in numerous juried shows receiving awards for her work in Kansas City, St Joseph, St Louis, New Jersey, and Denver, and has done numerous commissions. She has also lectured on natural dyes and textile practices. She has always worked to combine modern art thinking with centuries old textile techniques. Her current work is on the forefront of marrying ancient fiber arts practices with modern technologies; combining photography, digital printing, embroidery, encaustic, felting, and dye work on cloth.
Becky Stevens CV
2021 Blooming, Kansas City Stockyards Gallery, Kansas City, MO, juried
2021 Weavings and Paintings, Kansas City Stockyards Gallery, Kansas City, MO, juried, 2 person show
2020 1st Annual Fiber Show, Kansas City Stockyards Gallery, Kansas City, MO, juried
2019-2020 Explorations in Felt, Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ, juried
2019 Fiber Focus 2019, Art St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, Juried
2019 Speaking of Fibers 2019-Stories of Importance, Maryville University St. Louis, Morton J. May Foundation Gallery, St Louis MO, Juried
Award – Runner Up Best In Show
2019 SDA Small Works, Arcade Contemporary Art Projects, St. Louis, MO
2019 re:SURFACED, Fontbonne University Fine Arts Gallery, St Louis, Missouri, Juried
2019 On the Surface on The Ramp!, St Louis Artist Guild, St Louis MO, Juried
2019 Felt: Fiber Transformed, Fiber Art Now Magazine, Summer 2019, Juried
2019 Fine Art/Fine Craft, Leedy Voulkos, Kansas City MO, Juried
2018 Felt In The Woods, Johnson County Arboretum, Overland Park KS, Group Invitational
2018 Explorations In Fiber, Tim Murphy Gallery, Merriam KS
2018 The Nature of Fiber, Anita Gorman Discover Center, KCMO, Group Invitational
2017 The Nature of Fiber, Anita Gorman Discover Center, KCMO
2017 Felt In The Woods, Johnson County Arboretum, Overland Park KS, Group Invitational
2016 Felt In The Woods, Johnson County Arboretum, Overland Park KS Group Invitational
2016 Missouri Fiber Artists 12x12, The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri, Cape Girardeau, MO.
2016 Missouri Fiber Artists: Pairings, Albrecht Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art St Joseph MO
2015 Fiber Focus 2015, Art Saint Louis, STL MO, Juried
2015 Missouri Fiber Artists: Pairings, Mildred M Cox Gallery at William Woods University, Fulton MO
2015 Featured Guest Artist, Eclectics Gallery, Kansas City, MO, Invitational
2014 Featured Guest Artist, Eclectics Gallery, Kansas City, MO, Invitational
2013 Speaking of Fibers! 2013, Saint Louis University Museum of Art, STL MO, Juried
Award - Best Surface Design
2013 Featured Guest Artist, Eclectics Gallery, Kansas City, MO, Invitational
2013 Nests, Raymore City Hall, Raymore, MO.
2010 Discovery Trails, Collaboration with Access Arts and the Kansas School For The Blind, Lead Artist
2009 Discovery Trails, Collaboration with Access Arts and the Kansas School For The Blind, Lead Artist