Helene Ruth Stephenson was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. She studied Design at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts). She later studied under Elizabeth Davis Wolpert and Hobson Pittman.
Stephenson’s style evolved from realism in her early years to abstract landscapes based on representation and symbolism later in her life. As an abstractionist, she is known for subject matter relating to various forms in nature, especially those concerning the oceans.
She has exhibited at the James Michener Museum, the Allentown Museum, the Pennsylvania State Museum, and Woodmere Art Museum, where her art is in the permanent collections of the latter two, as well as in school districts, hospitals and major corporation’s permanent collections. She has also exhibited internationally at various museums and universities. In addition, her work is represented in other permanent collections in the Hobson Pittman Memorial Gallery in Tarboro NC, and Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania.
Stephenson was included in “Top 100 Philadelphia Women Artists” in the late 1980’s, was in the invited group exhibition “Fifty Invited Artists at the Philadelphia Sketch Club” and “8 Abstract Artists” at American College in 1993. She has won “Best of Show” at Phillips’ Mill and top prize at Woodmere Art Museum. Stephenson is one of the selected artists included in the 2005 hardbound volume Phillips’ Mill Celebrating Seventy-five Years of Art.
Helene Stephenson lives with her husband Robert in Huntingdon Valley, PA where she maintains her studio.
Submitted by Joseph Barrett, Darby-Barrett Fine Art