1998 MFA, Museum of the School of Fine Arts, Tufts University, Boston MA
1993 Graduate Certificate, University of California, Santa Cruz
1992 BA, Fine Art, University of California, Santa Cruz
2018 "Caught in a Fantasy," Local Gallery, Easthampton, MA
2018 "Those Who Can, Teach," Nave Gallery, Somerville, MA
2018 "5th Annual Juried Show," A3 Gallery, Amherst, MA
2017 "Up/Rooted," Brookline Art Center, Brookline, MA
2016 "Breaking the Mold,” Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA
2016 "Juror's Choice," Uforge Gallery, Boston, MA
2016 “Nowhere Everywhere Now Here,” Thompson Gallery, Weston, MA
2015 “Northampton Biennial: Motion-Emotion,” Hosmer Gallery, Northampton, MA
2015 "Open Call N-NE," Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Brattleboro,VT
2014 "Painting Intricacies," The Nave Gallery Annex, Somerville, MA
2013 “Light,” Golden Thread Gallery, West Hartford, CT
2013 “Jeff Stauder,” 1350 Gallery, Springfield, MA
2013 "12th National Prize Show," University Place Gallery, Cambridge, MA
2013 “Jeff Stauder: I, Pilgrim,” Hampden Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
2012 “Amherst Biennial,” Boltwood Gallery, Robert Frost Library Gallery, and Freedom Trails Gallery, Amherst, MA
2012 “Taking it to the Streets,” Worcester Windows, Worcester MA
2007 “Jeff Stauder: Recent Work,” E.A. Seton Memorial Gallery, New Brunswick NJ
2006 “Art Station Group Exhibition,” Art Station, Hightstown NJ
2005 “Art Station Group Exhibition,” Art Station, Hightstown NJ
2004 “Art Station Group Exhibition,” Art Station, Hightstown NJ
2000 “Happy Days,” Hall Street Space, Brooklyn NY
1999 “(Im)Perfect,” Hall Street Space, Brooklyn NY
1997 “M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition,” Tufts University Gallery, Medford MA
1994 “Open Juried Show,” Artworks Gallery, Hartford CT
1993 “Competitive Art Show Exhibition,” Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford CT
1993 “Eighteen,” Sesnon Gallery, University of California, Santa Cruz CA
1997 Dana Pond Painting Award Finalist, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
1996 Dana Pond Painting Award Winner, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The Pilgrim Series is a group of work that has been ongoing since 2009. The series functions as an allegorical cosmology using disjointed and iconic American imagery. A narrative may be suggested but one never coheres. An otherworldly place with recurring characters inhabit an indeterminate landscape; they include bison, crows, squirrels, foxes, owls, corn, forms of wood, and a lone male pilgrim, expressionless and wearing only a hat. Although I began with the idea of an anonymous pilgrim as protagonist, this is also a group of evolving self-portraits.
Although my work is handmade, my process is largely conceptual. I begin with an idea for an image and then reduce the imagery to its barest components. Finished pieces are produced traditionally, by drawing and painting accurate depictions of constructed images. Backgrounds are either theatrical and empty or decorative and rhythmic. I am attracted to these peculiar intersections where representation, abstraction, and pattern can co-exist.
The central theme of The Pilgrim Series is the severed relationship between nature and Western man. The loss of an animistic connection with nature, and in the impossibility of an authentic reconnection, is played out in various ways. This fissure is represented in the interplay between pilgrim and bison as well as symbolic representations of the other characters. Climate change, signified by rising waters that confront the protagonists, is a looming emphasis. Despite confronting serious issues, the absurdity inherent in the cosmology creates a conflicted reading of them. At its core the work is playful, and a sense of humor, confusion, and loss are equally communicated.
Born in 1970, Western Massachusetts based artist Jeff Stauder was raised in Connecticut before receiving his BA in Art from the University of California at Santa Cruz. He received his MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where he won the 1996 Dana Pond Painting Award. Following graduate school Stauder moved to New York City where he created the Artists Theoretical Racing Circuit, a collaborative conceptual art project. He began his current work, ‘The Pilgrim Series’ upon returning to New England in 2009.
‘The Pilgrim Series’ is an original cosmology inhabited by recurrent characters and imagery. Stauder liberally mixes the use of representation, abstraction, and decorative pattern. The central theme of the series is the severed relationship between nature and Western man. The loss of an animistic connection with nature, and in the impossibility of an authentic reconnection, is played out in various ways. This fissure is represented in the interplay between pilgrim and bison as well as symbolic representations of the other characters. Climate change, signified by rising waters that confront the protagonists, is a looming emphasis. The protagonist of the series is Stauder himself, dressed wearing only a pilgrim’s hat. Bison, crows, foxes, corn, and forms of wood are images that are used repeatedly. The ‘Pilgrim Series’ is both somber and amusing, reflecting a metamodern sensibility. Work from the series has been exhibited widely in New England, including a solo exhibition at the University of Massachusetts.
"I, Pilgrim" at the Hampden Gallery, 2013
"Protestantism fitted in very well with the New Science. By stripping away the wealth of symbols and imagery from medieval Christianity, Protestantism unveiled nature as a realm of objects hostile to the spirit and to be conquered by puritan zeal and industry. Thus Protestantism, like science, helped carry forward that immense project of modern man: the despiritualization of nature, the emptying of it of all the symbolic images projected upon it by the human psyche. With Protestantism begins that long modern struggle, which reaches its culmination in the twentieth century, to strip man naked."
- William Barrett, from Irrational Man