Paula DeStefanis works between acrylic and oil painting. She draws from her daily experiences, beginning each canvas as a written journal. DeStefanis is a Milwaukee-based artist, who holds a BFA from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and following course work with the Museum School in Boston. A Practicing artist for 30 years.
Her work is in private collections world wide. In addition her work can be found in many corporate collections including; Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Thorsen School, Richards School.
Select Exhibitions include: Museum of Wisconsin Art, Milwaukee Art Museum, Tory Folliard Gallery, The Arts Mill, The Brickton Art Center, Wustum Art Museum, WI Lutheran College.
DeStefanis is also active in the local arts community through her work with the North Shore Academy of the Arts and Arts Mill where she is the Director. She has taught at the Milwaukee Art Museum, West Bend Art Museum, MIAD and the Wustum. She was rescently awarded her second Mary Nohl Suitcase Award, which will allow her to exhibit in the UK in August 2017. In 2010 she was elected to a 3 year appoitment to the Village of Grafton Arts Board. In 2012 she was the recipient of a Mary Nohl Suitcase Award, with those funds she was able to travel to New York and exhibit her work there. In 2012 she exhibited in London.
Her newest adventure is as co-managing director of The Cooperativa Studio Gallery, a space for artists to create, produce, and develop their artistic practice.