Studio Visit


Stephanie Armbruster works primarily as an encaustic painter, documenting pivotal moments of transition through the abstraction of symbols and layered references to time and place. Stephanie received a BFA from Carnegie Mellon in 2006. Her work has been exhibited locally and nationally at galleries and institutions including Art Space 616, the Mattress Factory Museum of Contemporary Art, Carnegie Museum of Art, Los Angeles Printmaking Society, the Mine Factory, James Gallery and others.

Through her work, Stephanie attempts to illustrate the purely subjective portions of memory – those private experiences that we feel and sometimes share, but which evaporate the moment we try to articulate them. Some paintings suggest tone, while others create structure, hint at language, or depict maps or plans. Each artwork represents an individual element of a larger construct, made more or less apparent through varying degrees of abstraction. Much like their inspiration, each painting is a densely-layered accumulation of structure and symbolism: a small personal legacy, penciled in the margins of a larger narrative.

Solo Exhibitions


Slate I - Salt of the Earth


Liminal Spaces - The College Inn Project/Union Hall

Hungry Ghosts - Pittsburgh Center For The Arts


In Search Of Something More - 709 Penn Gallery


Trace Elements - Art Space 616


Selected Group Exhibitions


Monumental - UnSmoke Systems

The Radiant Experience Project - Radiant Hall & Jones Day

New Order: Collage Now - Future Tennant

John Reigert - Space Gallery

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

French Liaisons - Chatham University


Response - James Gallery

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

Give and Take - Los Angeles Printmaking Society, Los Angeles, CA

Drawing Paper - The Mine Factory


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

Urban Garden Party - Mattress Factory Museum of Art

Flight School Fellows Exhibition - 805 Liberty Gallery

Three Rivers Arts Festival Juried Competition - 805 Liberty Gallery

Art Beat - Shady Side Academy

Disambiguate - Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Kipp Gallery

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


Phylogeny Projects - Branch Gallery, North Adams, MA

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

Distillate - Future Tennant Gallery

Chairs for Charity Benefit Auction - Perlora


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


Gestures 13 - Mattress Factory Museum of Contemporary Art

Urban Garden Party - Mattress Factory Museum of Art

Industrial Design Society of America Regional Conference -
Bright Innovations Studio

New Works: Distillery Artist in Residence - Space 101 Gallery

A Sense Of Place - 937 Gallery


Out Of This Furnace - UnSmoke Systems Artspace, Braddock, PA


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


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

In Exchange - Olive Tjaden Gallery at Cornel University, Ithaca, NY

Microcosm - The Frame Gallery, Carnegie Mellon University

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

Pavanna Gallery - Represented Artist, Cleveland, OH


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 

2008 - 2009

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

Reviews & Publications

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