Lin Stanionis was born and raised in the metropolitan New York area. She earned her MFA from Indiana University in 1981 and her B.A. from Iowa State University in 1976. In 1985, she established a design studio where she produced and marketed specialty functional objects for the table.
Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Kansas in 1994, Lin held appointments at Rochester Institute of Technology, Miami University of Ohio and the University of North Texas.
Lin's creative work encompasses both jewelry and hollowware. Referencing the rich history of ritual and ceremonial objects acting as mediators, her pieces employ symbolic language to explore notions of transcendence, interchange, and desire. This work has received numerous reviews, appeared in many publications and was the subject of a feature article in Metalsmith magazine.
Over the last decade Lin's work has been shown in more than 100 national and international exhibitions including "The Edges of Grace: Provocative Uncommon Craft", Fuller Craft Museum; "Objects for Use: Handmade by Design", American Craft Museum, NY, NY; "American Revelations: A Survey of North American Jewelry", Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead, England and "Sculptural Concerns: Contemporary American Metalworking", American Craft Museum, NY, NY.
Recently her work was selected for the "New Traditional Jewelry 2007: Symbols of Faith" international design competition and exhibition that opened at the SIERRAD International Jewellery Art Fair in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The exhibition will travel to the CODA Museum in Apeldoorn and additional venues in Germany, Brazil and Mexico. Lin's work is included in the permanent collection of Indiana University Fine Art Museum.
Lin has received a MAA-NEA Individual Artist Fellowship; a Kansas Individual Artist Fellowship; two University of Kansas Creative Work Fellowships; and seven Research Awards from the University of Kansas. She frequently lectures about her work and conducts workshops at universities and arts institutions across the country and was a visiting scholar at Silipakorn University in Bangkok, Thailand where she conducted research into Thai metalworking techniques. She has also worked extensively in China, as a visiting scholar and research advisor at Shenzhen Polytechnic University in Shenzhen, China. Lin has been active in the metalsmithing profession, serving on the board of the Society of North American Goldsmiths and as a member of the adjudicating panel for the Kansas Arts Commission.
Signs of Life, Facere, Seattle, WA, USA. 2013 - 2013