About Artist

Artist Statement

“It has been said that a picture can tell a thousand words. Through art a story can be told, specific details can be shared, and emotions may even be conveyed. In my work I try to express how I perceive the environment around me; a friend, yesterday’s sunset, a dish on the table, etc. My hope is that the moments I share create a sense of peace to the viewer – a peace worth remembering.” Stacey Evangelista

Artist Bio

Stacey Evangelista resides in Sioux Falls, SD. Her studio is located downtown Sioux Falls at 8th & Railroad. Drawing since the age of 4, she has steadily been developing her skills as an artist. Today her subjects are primarily the human figure, but not limited to. In 2010 Ms. Evangelista had her first solo-show at the Washington Pavilion, Visual Arts Center.

“…her work reveals a sophisticated understanding of painterly expression and a deep appreciation of art history… Through dedicated practice and independent exploration of the sheer pleasure, beauty and power of painting, she has transformed her natural talent into a facility with paint that allows her to quickly and solidly render the subjects before her with decisive energy and diverse techniques.”

Washington Pavilion, 2010

Recent Awards/Shows

2007 Washington Pavilion – Arts Night, “Peoples Choice Award.” 3 way tie shared w/Lee McManus, & John Rychtarik

2008 Insight Marketing Design, Sioux Falls SD – Fundraiser/Auction, “Best of Show”

2009 Washington pavilion – Arts Night, “Curator’s Choice Award.”

2010 Solo Show; Washington Pavilion, “Quiet Studies, by Stacey Evangelista”

2010 Take The Day; Washington Pavilion- Public Affair & Exhibit (Nov 2010 – Feb 2011)

2010 Presentation at O’Gorman HS’ Art Club (ran by Gary Siska) 12/9/10

2011 Kaleidoscope, Virtual Art Gallery Exhibit Presented at the Governor’s Awards (February 16, 2011).

2011 March & April Guest Artist at Eastbank Art Gallery, Sioux Falls SD.

2011 Represented Washington Pavilion’s “Take the Day” at the Sidewalk Arts Festival with South Dakota’s Priemere Artist Nanceyjane Huehl.

2011 Take The Day; Washington Pavilion- Public Affair & Exhibit (Oct 2011 – Nov 2011)

2012 Take The Day; Washington Pavilion- Painting in Public & Auction (Oct 13, 2012)

2012-2013 Parallel Divergence: The Still Life & Portraiture of Anna Youngers & Stacey Evangelista (Dec 2012-Jan 2013)

2013 Faces of Suite 310; Suite 310, 8RR Sioux Falls SD. Portraiture from Friday Night’s Portrait Sessions, (April 2013- June 2013)


Current Projects

Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux

The focus of this project is to create a series of sketches, watercolors, and oil paintings which will express and best depict the current culture of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Reservation.  The body of work will convey the Tribe’s apparent needs, achievements, heritage, and hopes. Long term goals for this project are as follows; 1.To setup a traveling exhibit for the artwork, 2. Evaluate the success and likelihood of covering another Tribe or all Tribes in the State of SD (potentially a 20 year project).  Stacey was born on the Reservation; her father is a member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe.

The Portrait Session

Beginning in January of 2011,  artists are invited to gather at Ms. Evangelista’s studio on a regular basis for an hour of Study.

The subjects are the artists themselves, and anyone willing to participate.

Each artist must be willing to pose for 10 to 20 minutes. The hour is meant to provide artists with reference material (whether sketches or photographs).

The Figure Sketch

Stacey Evangelista’s Figure Sketch Project began in the year 2007 when she first began attending regular figure drawing sessions. The project consists of a timeline of figure drawings by Stacey in various mediums. The drawings show gradual changes in skill; use of color, rendering speed, and a growing familiarity with different tools and media. This collection is a gauge by which Ms. Evangelista evaluates her own struggles and abilities.

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