Taylor is driven by curiosity. She works in a variety of media, from paint to cement to words. She’s been a working studio artist since 1977, with a BA in history from UCLA, and a masters in sculpture from Sacramento State. Her work is in collections all over the US. She was a freelance Op-Ed contributor to the Sacramento Bee from 2011-2018. Link to Taylor’s essays in Bee.
Responding with whatever materials are most suited to interpret the meaning of a place, from paint, steel, and cement to words, Taylor is driven by curiosity, location and audience. Taylor was inspired by large-scale media in Los Angeles, including the famous Coppertone billboard she saw installed on a garage door in Malibu, and master muralist Kent Twitchell’s “Steve McQueen.” She has been creating site-specific installations and paintings for 42 years, including over forty publicly placed mural and sculpture projects in the Sacramento region. Her work is in private and corporate collections from coast to coast, and in Kyoto and Paris.
CapRadio interview Simple Objects 2019
Simple Objects: An Excavation, an exhibition catalog, available on Amazon.
In 2016, she published a book about water in California: Water: More or Less, an anthology of art, essays and policy, with co-author Rita Schmidt Sudman, former executive director of the Water Education Foundation. The book was updated in 2018, to keep up with California’s constant challenges: floods and wildfires. Contact Stephanie direct for discount on orders of 10 or more.
NPR interview about the water book with Beth Ruyak at Capitol Public Radio.1977-present
Stephanie Taylor Studio, Sacramento-1984-present, established Los Angeles, 1977.
In 2017, collaboration with the Sacramento Public Library, to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein in 1818. It is Taylor’s first graphic interpretation of a narrative text. Frankenstein in the Sacramento Business Journal Now available through the Library or on Amazon.
2011-2019 Writer: freelance contributor to Op-ed section, Sacramento Bee
Licensed artist to Disney’s Fine Art Collection for several years
Publishing and advertising art director, Los Angeles, CA
2019 Stanford continuing education: drawing
2004-2006 CSUS, Masters in Sculpture
1974-77 UCLA, BA in History / Economic Philosophy
prior Extension: Art Center College of Design, LA & Chouinard (Cal Arts), LA
Publications and films:
2016 “Comstock’s Magazine” A Rain Garden Concept for Capital Mall
2013 “Paperclay: Art and Practise,” by Rosette Gault, U of Penn., 119 & 133.
2011-2019 Sacramento Bee: California Sketches, Sacramento Business Journal
2006-8 Sactown Magazine
2004 Sacramento Bee
2003 Ceramics Art and Perception, Australia, American Craft Magazine
2002 Sacramento Bee
2001 Feature film, Los Angels
San Francisco Hilton Murals, mini documentary
PBS short film Arts Alive
Wall Street Journal, Top Ten Hotel Properties
Design International Magazine
Designer’s West Magazine
Kodak’s More Joy of Photography
German Art Calendar of International Murals
COLLECTIONS AND COMMISSIONS: a selection
Please note that over a 40 year career making art for public places, projects come and they also disappear or are degrading, as have some of the following. We learn, even though there are federal and state laws to protect artist’s right, to let go.
Disneyland Hotel, Paris, France
Shoji Corporation, Kyoto, Japan
Bally’s Casino, Las Vegas
Crown Plaza, New York
Disney Institute, Disneyworld, Orlando
Grand Floridian Beach Resort, Disneyworld, Orlando
Harvey’s Resort, South Lake Tahoe
Hilton Hotels, New Orleans, San Francisco, Oakland
Hyatt Hotels, Atlanta
Marriott Hotel, Washington D.C
Sheraton Resort, Tucson
California Association of Realtors, Sacramento & Los Angeles
City Hall, City of Indian Wells
City Hall, City of Los Angeles
Columbia Pictures, Los Angeles
Crown Plaza Hotel, Los Angeles
Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim
First Interstate Bank Branches, Southern California
Fluor Corporation, Irvine
Hilton Hotels in Oakland, San Francisco, Los Angeles
Hyatt Hotels in Sacramento, Los Angeles, Atlanta
Manhattan Beach, four exterior murals, 1979-82
MGM Studio, Los Angeles
Roosevelt Hotel, Hollywood
Scripp’s College, Claremont
Six Flags Corporation, Los Angeles
Stephan Cannell Productions, Los Angeles
Sutter Medical Centers, Santa Rosa, Antioch
Texaco Corporation, Los Angeles
UC Medical Center, Los Angeles, Sacramento
United California Bank branches, Southern California
Waterfront Plaza, Jack London Square, Oakland
Wells Fargo Bank, Los Angeles
Xerox Corporation, Los Angeles
Sacramento:including over 40 publicly placed installations, 22 of which are exterior murals and sculpture.
Beer’s Books, Jack London Mural
California Exposition and State Fair
California State Library Foundation
California State Railroad Museum
Crocker Art Museum
Hyatt Regency Hotel
Sacramento Public Library
Sacramento Regional Transit Headquarters
Sacramento River Cats, Raley Field
The late Senator Leroy Greene’s Capitol office
UC Davis Medical Center, since 1986
Water Education Foundation
Publicly Funded Art Projects
Sacramento Metro Arts Commission, Fremont Park Project. installed 2011.
Sacramento Metro Arts Commission, Valley-Hi Library, Sacramento, CA., 2009
Lecture to Crocker Art Museum on public art projects in Sacramento, 2006
Finalist, Sacramento City Hall, in two areas, Sacramento Metro Arts Commission, CA
California Department of Transportation, Freeway wall & underpass proposal, Sacramento, CA
City of Manhattan Beach Mural Project, CA (over 8,000 sq.ft.)
Exhibitions: Solo and group, almost every year from 1988 to 2008.