My work explores the solidity of materials: metal-stone-wood. In response to our information-age, I have experimented with multiple computer images in layered Mylar formats. I also have assembled light plastic and fragmented handmade paper imagery.
In my primarily symbolic abstract work, I develop visual ideas with photos and a sketchpad. Moving between 2D and 3D exploration, I design new images in welded steel and stone, balancing curvilinear form against sweeping geometries--in this way metaphorically translating experience into a visual concept.
Ann Stein lives and maintains a studio in Washington, DC and has been with the Foundry Gallery since the 1990's. She was educated in the Philadelphia College of Art, studying silver smithing and jewelry design with Professor Richard Reinhart and Virginia Cute. She continued on to the Corcoran, American University and University of Maryland. Her most recent ideas evolved during the years she maintained a studio at A. Salon in Takoma, DC.
Stein has served as an Artists Equity Association board member and is a member of the Washington Sculptors Group and Women's Caucus for Art. She has taught art at the Jelleff's Boys and Girls Clubs and at Iona House. Ann has appeared on the front cover of "Art Calendar" magazine. Her work is archived in the National Museum of Women in the Arts and the Department of Labor. Her work has been cited in newspapers and periodicals including the "Washington Post."
In 2008, Florida curator, J. Schwab invited eight women artists including Stein to participate in the "Woman Collared for Work" traveling exhibit honoring prominent women in the 20th century. In a departure from her focus on the individual art object, Stein assembled an Installation of drawing, period and found objects honoring the achievements of Frances Perkins, the first woman to be appointed to a presidential Cabinet office by F. D. Roosevelt. .
Her work is in collections at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC, Focus International, Nairobi, Kenya; Newsage Animation, Washington, DC; Greater Laurel Beltsville Hospital, Laurel, MD; Federation for American Immigration Reform, Washington, DC. Her work also is in private collections in New York, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and Tiblisi, Republic of Georgia.
Her work has been reviewed and discussed in the City Suburban News, January 5, 2010; and in The VILLANOVAN Blogspot, January 26 and February 10, 2010. A review of “From the Atom to the Cosmos” by Louis Jacobson appeared in the Washington City Paper, August 15, 2003. Two reviews by Nancy Ungar appeared in the Montgomery County Gazette, September 12, 2001 and June 16, 1999. The KOAN, Subscriber’s Poll listed her work in an article on "Top 10 Sculptors ," July 1996. And, in May 1994, Barbara Vogt wrote a review of "Across Borders" in the Washington Review. The Washington Post included a review by Ingrid G. Lane of "10 Sculptors Turn On and Off the Wall” on May 27, 1993, and a review by Mary McCoy on "Sculpture at McCrillis Gardens" in May 1992. In November 1990, Art Calendar front cover featured a full page photo of her work.
Her work was given an award by Juror, Professor, Robert d'Arista, American University and she also was presented with a Professional Category Award at the Chevy Chase Community Exhibit, Washington, DC.
Her solo exhibits include:
- Exploring Steel, Foundry Gallery, Washington, DC, Aug 3-28, 2005
- Foundry Gallery, Washington, DC Dec 2003 to Jan 2004 - mixed media sculpture
- Glenview Mansion, Rockville Civic Center Park, 2001 - steel and stone
- Foundry Gallery, Washington, DC, May 2000 - steel sculpture
- Foundry Gallery, Washington, DC, Feb-Mar 1995 - mixed mediums
- Arnold and Porter, Washington, DC, Dec-Jan 1994 - steel and wood
- Gallery West, Alexandria, VA, April-May 1992 - sculpture
- American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington, DC Jun-Sep 1991- cast paper relief
Selected group shows include:
- Women Collared for Work – Traveling Exhibit, Villanova University, PA Jan 2011
- Women Collared for Work – Traveling Exhibit, Delaware Museum of Art, DE Feb 2010
- Women Collared for Work – Traveling Exhibit, Delaplaine Art Center, MD Oct 2010
- Women Collared for Work – Traveling Exhibit, Coral Springs Art Museum, FL June 2009
- New York University Club, Rayburn Building, U.S. House of Representatives, Nov. 2007
- Homogenized, Not Pasteurized, Two-person show, Foundry Gallery, Washington, DC, Jan. 2-28, 2007
- Red Show, Foundry Gallery, Washington, DC, Aug. 2-27, 2006
- Sculpture Unbound, Edison Place Gallery, Washington, DC, Washington Project for the Arts and Washington Sculptors Group, Glen Harper, Juror, Jan.- Mar. 2006
- Sculpture Show, Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD, Jan.-Apr. 2005
- Sculpture in Steel and Wood, Ozmosis Gallery, Bethesda, MD, Nov.-Dec. 2004
- From the Atom to the Cosmos, Foundry Gallery, Washington, DC, Aug. 2004
- 30th Anniversary, Foundry Gallery, Washington, DC - May, 2002
- Arts 2000, Harmony Hall Regional Center, Juror, Eliza Rathbone of The Phillips Collection, Dec. 1999-Jan. 2000
- DC Unite, Public Art Site, 431 7th Street, Washington, DC, July-Sep. 1999
- National Artists Equity Association, 13th Annual Juried Exhibition, Glenview Mansion Art Gallery, MD, Juror Sidney Lawrence of the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, June 1999
- Sculpture, Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD, 1997
- Seen in DC, 3rd Street Gallery, Old City-Philadelphia, PA, 1997
- Foundry Gallery 25th Anniversary, The Collector Art Gallery & Restaurant, Washington, DC, Curator Bill Dunlap, Sep. 97
- Global Focus , U.N. World Conference on Women, Beijing, 1995
- Sculpture On and Off the Wall, A Salon Gallery, Juror Mark Oxman, American University, Washington, DC, Oct. 1995
- 4th Annual Alumni Exhibit, Corcoran Gallery, Corcoran Hemicycle, Jurors S. Troyer, M . Mateyka, Sept. 1995
- Collage (assemblage), George Washington University, Colonnade Gallery, Aug. 1995 Washington Sculptors 10th Anniversary, Washington Square, Juror M. Griffith, Sculpture Center, New York City, Nov. 1993-Feb. 1994
- Across Borders, OAS, Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, DC, Jurors B. Rodriguez, J. Cowart, 1994
- Seventh Annual Artists Equity Exhibit, NOVA/Annandale, VA, Juror A. Pollan, Sep. 1993
- Sculpture at McCrillis Gardens, Bethesda, MD, Juror J.G. Truelove, Landscape Architect, May-Aug. 1992
- USSR/USA Artists Exchange Invitational, Tibilsi, Georgia, former USSR, May 1991