With their atmospheric presence, Stephanie Armbruster's luminous paintings seek balance between figure and ground, blurring the lines between landscape and gestural abstraction. Much like their inspiration, each painting is a densely-layered accumulation of structure and symbolism. Working primarily in encaustic, Armbruster's paintings are composed of dozens of layers of translucent wax, fused with a flame torch, and smoothed by hand.

Stephanie Armbruster was born in Cleveland, OH, in 1983. She moved to Pittsburgh in 2001 to attend Carnegie Mellon University, where she received a BFA in 2006. Her work has been exhibited nationally at institutions including the Chautauqua Institution, Mattress Factory Museum of Contemporary Art, Carnegie Museum of Art, Cornell University, Los Angeles Printmaking Society, James Gallery and others. 

Design, Flow, Interpret, Repeat: Contemporary Abstractions - The The Chautauqua Institution - July 2018

Solo Exhibition - Boxheart Gallery - January 2019


Solo Exhibitions

What Hath Night to do with Sleep - Pittsburgh Center for the Arts - 2017

Slate I - Salt of the Earth - 2015

Liminal Spaces - The College Inn Project/Union Hall - 2012

Hungry Ghosts - Pittsburgh Center For The Arts - 2012

In Search Of Something More - 709 Penn Gallery - 2011

Trace Elements - Art Space 616 - 2015

Two-Person Exhibitions

Select Group Exhibitions

Nearly 17 And We're Still Here - Boxheart Gallery - 2018

Monumental - UnSmoke Systems - 2016

The Radiant Experience Project - Radiant Hall & Jones Day - 2016

New Order: Collage Now - Future Tennant - 2016

John Reigert - Space Gallery - 2016

Discovering Pittsburgh's Renaissance 
Renaissance Hotel Installation, Presented by Jeffrey Jarzynka - 2016

French Liaisons - Chatham University - 2016

Response - James Gallery - 2014

Give and Take - Los Angeles Printmaking Society - 2014

Associated Artists of Pittsburgh 103 Annual Juried Exhibition
- Westmoreland Museum of American Art - 2014

Drawing Paper - The Mine Factory - 2014

Obscure / Reveal: a survey of contemporary works in encaustic
- James Gallery - 2013

Urban Garden Party - Mattress Factory Museum of Art - 2013

Flight School Fellows Exhibition - 805 Liberty Gallery - 2013

Three Rivers Arts Festival Juried Competition - 2013

Art Beat - Shady Side Academy - 2013

Disambiguate - Indiana University of Pennsylvania,
Kipp Gallery - 2013

Associated Artists of Pittsburgh 102 Annual Juried Exhibition
- Carnegie Museum of Art, Heinz Galleries - 2013

Phylogeny Projects - Branch Gallery, North Adams, MA - 2012

Encaustic Works ‘12 - R&F Encaustic Gallery, Kingston, NY - 2012

Distillate - Future Tennant Gallery - 2010

Flights Of Fancy - New Wilmington Arts Association,
New Wilmington, DE - 2010

Gestures 13 - Mattress Factory Museum of Contemporary Art - 2009

Urban Garden Party - Mattress Factory Museum of Art - 2009

Industrial Design Society of America Regional Conference -
Bright Innovations Studio - 2009

New Works - Artists in Residency - Space 101 Gallery - 2009

A Sense Of Place - 937 Gallery - 2009

Out Of This Furnace - UnSmoke Systems Artspace - 2008

A Cabinet Of Curiosities
The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh - 2007

BFA Thesis Exhibition - Regina Gouger Miller Gallery,
Carnegie Mellon University - 2006

In Exchange - Olive Tjaden Gallery, 
Cornel University - 2006

Microcosm - The Frame Gallery,
Carnegie Mellon University - 2006

Memory & Silence - The Ellis Gallery,
Carnegie Mellon University, 2006

Pavanna Gallery - Represented Artist, Cleveland, OH - 2006

Art Collections

Private Collections Nationally and Abroad

PNC Bank Corporate Artwork Collection

Fidelity Investments Corporate Artwork Collection

Residencies & Fellowships

Flight School for Artists Fellowship Creative Capital, Pittsburgh Center For The Arts / Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Pittsburgh, PA - 2011

The Brew House Distillery Program Emerging Artist Residency, Pittsburgh, PA - 2008

Reviews & Publications

Pittsburgh City Paper
What Hath Night to Do With Sleep at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts: Stephanie Armbruster’s abstracts explore the experience of travel
Lissa Brennan, 7/27/2017

Artistic visions of 5 women converge at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
Kurt Shaw, 7/16/2017

Pittsburgh City Paper
Seven new art exhibits at Center for the Arts
Bill O'Driscoll, 8/9/2017

The Urbanist
The Slate Series: Salt x Art

Michael McAllister, 1/22/2015

Pittsburgh Tribune Review,
Art Review: 'Response' brings abstract art to James Gallery,
Kurt Shaw, 5/21/2014

Pittsburgh Tribune Review,
James Gallery Collection Reveals Complex Works Painted With Wax,

Kurt Shaw, 12/4/2013

Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Personality Test: Stephanie Armbruster, 
Chris Ramirez, 9/13/2012

Tell Me Something I Don’t Know, Detail From Liminal Spaces, 
Jim Rugg & Jason Lex, 8/30/2012

Encaustic Works ‘12,
A Biennial International Juried Exhibition-in-Print, 
Joanne Mattera & Laura Moriarty, R&F Encaustic Paints, 2012

Pittsburgh City Paper,
The PCA's 10 Solo Exhibitions are an Impressive Array,

Chris Ramirez, 4/18/2012

Nak-You-Out, The Stephanie Armbruster Interview, 
Kym Harper, 2/10/2012

Pittsburgh City Paper,
With Symbolism and Exploded Perspectives, Painter Stephanie Armbruster Explores Postindustrial Landscapes,

Christopher McGinnis, 9/1/2011

Pittsburgh Tribune Review,
Artist Builds Works From Shreds of the Past,

Kurt Shaw, 9/4/2011

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Local Artists Chosen as Flight School Fellows, 

Mary Thomas, 1/31/2011

Open Thread Regional Review, Vol.2, 2010

Awards & Grants

Henry and Elsie Hillman AAP Award, Westmoorland Museum of Art, 2014

Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, Artist Opportunity Grant, 2011

Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts, Project Stream Grant, 2008

Samuel Rosenberg Award,  Carnegie Mellon University, 2006  

Elizabeth Jones Award in Humanities and the Arts, 
Carnegie Mellon University, 2006

Emily Phyllis Howard Award,  Carnegie Mellon University, 2005

Small Undergraduate Research Grant  
Carnegie Mellon University, 2005 - 2006

Undergraduate Grant  Carnegie Mellon University, 2003 - 2006


Carnegie Mellon University, School of Art, BFA in Fine Arts, 2006