Edward Armen Stasack Biography

Edward Armen Stasack




Edward Stasack was born in Chicago, Illinois on October 1, 1929. He received his BFA (1955) and MFA (1956) at the University of Illinois at Urbana, focusing on painting and printmaking. He then went on to teach at the University of Hawaii at Honolulu's art department, where he eventually became chairman (1969 - 1972).  Stasack was an early experimentor with the collograph. His method of creating his collograhs is described on pages 322 and 323 of Fritz Eichenberg's informative book on the history of printmaking, The Art of the Print. Stasack has also worked as a sculptor including working with precast concrete murals.

He received the Tiffany Foundation Fellowship in 1958 and 1962; the Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, 1959; and the Hawaii State and U.S. Bicentennial Commissions Fellowship in 1975, as well as prizes from the California Society of Etchers, the Northwest Printmakers, and the Society of American Graphic Artists, among others.  

Stasack has held numerous one-man exhibitions in the United States and abroad, including at the Honolulu Academy of Arts (1961, '69, '76, and 1987); Downtown Gallery, New York (1965); Cleveland Institute of Art (1976); exhibitions in Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir, and Bucharest (1976); Amfac Center, Honolulu (1979), among others. He has participated in various group shows, also throughout the U.S. and abroad. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; New York Public Library; the Brooklyn Museum; Library of Congress; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Museum of Modern Art, New York; and several others. Stasack currently resides in Arizona