Stephanie Garmey received her MFA degree (1995) from the Maryland Institute College of Art - Hoffberger School of Painting where she studied with Grace Hartigan.
Previously she received a MA (1985) in Painting from Purdue University in Indiana and BFA (1983) from the Maryland Institute College of Art in General Fine Arts.
Garmey has received individual artist’s grants in Crafts and Painting from the Maryland State Arts Council (2015, 2012, 2002) and the Mayors Advisory Committee on Arts and Culture (1990). In 2014 Garmey was a semi-finalist for the Trawick Prize for contemporary art in Maryland.
Currently Garmey has a solo show “Indigo Dream” at The Delaware Contemporary in Willmington, Delaware in 2016. Garmey installed a solo show “Edge of the Forest” at VisArts in Rockville, MD (2015) and will have a solo exhibit at School 33 in 2017. One-person exhibits have included “Wetlands” in Maryland Institute College of Art’s Pinkard Gallery in 2013 and “Forest Floor” (2012, Stevenson University, Baltimore). “Swamps and Gardens” was shown in 2002 at Loyola University, Baltimore. In 2016 Garmey was included in “The American House” at the Carroll Mansion. In 2014 she was included in “Outside the Margin: A National Book Arts Exhibition” at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Silver Spring, Maryland. In 2012, she was included in “Treasured” (Anne Marie Art Center, Solomon’s Island, Maryland.) and “In, On, Of Paper” (Paper Circle, Nelsonville, Ohio). She participated in artist residencies at Vermont Studio Center (1999) and Rochefort-en-Terre (2002, Brittany, France).
She creates imagery inspired by her collection of natural objects, fossils, and antique taxidermy. Her meditations on nature use a variety of media: painting, cut paper, book arts, drawing, clay, installation and light.
Garmey is a member of the faculty in the Drawing and General Fine Arts Departments at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She teaches a variety of upper level drawing classes such as Nature Drawing as well as Mixed Media Book Arts and Paper Cuts.