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Gael Stack

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An artist whose work evokes both memory and the "gaps, sinkholes, and other chasms" found in our experiences, Gael Stack is one of the most accomplished American painters working today. Her large canvases and smaller drawings use fragments of words and images, often layered over one another like a palimpsest, to create a visual language that explores the past's implacable hold on the present, with what is unknown and unspoken occasionally poking through.


Gael Stack received a BFA from the University of Illinois in Urbana and a MFA from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Her work has appeared in numerous solo exhibitions such as: Musée des Beaux Arts, L'Echevinage, Saintes, France, Musée de Niort, France, and Gael Stack: A Survey 1974 - 1989 at the Dallas Museum of Art. Her work is in numerous permanent collections, including the Beaux Art Museum, Saintes, France; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut; Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, Illinois; the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and the Menial Collection, Houston. In 2011 The University of Texas Press published Gael Stack, a lavishly illustrated monograph on her career spanning forty years. Stack has been a recipient of The Tiffany Foundation Grant, has been named Texas Artist of the Year by the Art League of Houston, and a two time recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Artists Grant. She is currently the John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Art at the University of Houston, where she formerly headed a department that has become the region's premier training ground for the visual arts.