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

Selected Exhibitions

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

2017     Speaking of Fibers 2017!, An Altered Environment, Maryville University, Morton J May Gallery St. Louis, MO, Juried

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