Jo Stealey is a nationally recognized artist known for her mixed media sculpture and collages utilizing handmade paper. Her work is exhibited nationally and internationally appearing in many private and public collections, including the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. She is a contributing author for the International Surface Design Journal and the National Basketry Organization’s Quarterly Review. In addition to her studio practice teaches workshops, curates exhibitions and, lectures on contemporary A fiberart. Most recently she co-curated Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America, traveling the country 2017-2020. She is professor of art at the University of Missouri, where she currently serves as the founding director for the School of Visual Studies. She draws much of the inspiration for her work from the Mid-Missouri rural environment where she lives.