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Lived/Active: Arkansas/Kentucky      Known for: landscape, still life, and floral painting

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Donna Phipps Stout grew up in Kentucky, and as a child spent her time exploring the woods and fields and drawing.  Her parents, who were both teachers, encouraged her artistic talents and provided her with support and oil paints at a young age.

After earning a Master's degree in fine arts from Indiana University Stout spent a few years painting idyllic landscapes.  She still enjoyed being in nature though in time she was frustrated by not being able to capture the details in the small flowers and plants. She eventually turned to still life painting.  Now Stout brings flowers from her garden in Arkansas into her studio which she then arranges in jars and vases.  Stout focuses on the formal elements of classical painting while creating her still life works.

With thirty years of painting, Donna Phipps Stout has participated in more than 60 solo and group exhibitions in the United States and Europe.  She was awarded fellowships from both the Arkansas Arts Council and the Mid-America Arts Alliance/National Endowment for the Arts.

Southwest Art, July 2004

Biography from Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden:
Born: 1944, McCracken County, Kentucky

Early Education: Studied with William Bailey, James McGarrell, Robert Barnes, and Ronald Markman

1965 Summer Study, Maryland Art Institute, Baltimore, Maryland
1966 B.A. in painting and drawing, Georgetown College, Georgetown, Kentucky
1969 M.F.A. in painting and drawing, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

2000 One Person Show, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2001 One Person Show, Jerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte, North Carolina
2001 USArtists 2001 Tenth Anniversary art fair, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Valley House Gallery)
2001 Texas International Fine Art Fair, NorthPark East, Dallas, Texas (Valley House Gallery)
2001 New Oil Paintings: Donna Phipps Stout, Jerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte, North Carolina
2002 Invitational Miniature Show, Leslie Levy Fine Art, Inc., Scottsdale, Arizona
2002 The Art Show, 7th Regiment Armory, New York, New York (Valley House Gallery)
2002 Art Atlanta, art fair, Atlanta, Georgia (Valley House Gallery)
2002 Beyond the Apple & Bottle: Still Life Invitational, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2002 Holiday Group Exhibition, Lisa Kurts Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee
2003 Size Does Matter, Contrasts of Scale in Contemporary Art, Valley House Gallery, Dallas,Texas
2003 Recent Paintings, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2003 Holiday Group Exhibition, Lisa Kurts Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee
2004 The Art Show, 7th Regiment Armory, New York, New York (Valley House Gallery)
2004 50th Anniversary Exhibition, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2004 Art Chicago, art fair, Navy Pier, Chicago, Illinois (Valley House Gallery)
2005 Still Life Poetry, Jerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte, North Carolina
2006 Kingdom Animalia: Creatures Big and Small by Artists Old and New (group exhibition), Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2007 The Art Show, Art Dealer’s Association of America, Park Avenue Armory, New York, New York (Valley House Gallery)
2008 Top of the Table, Jerald Melberg Gallery, Charolette, NC
2009 Thank You Fort Worth: An Appreciation from Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden, Group Exhibition, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Fort Worth, Texas

Awards and Honors:
1989 Arkansas Arts Council Artists Fellowship, Juror: Robert Colescott
1991 Residency, The Millay Colony for the Arts, Reader's Digest Fellowship, Austerlitz, N.Y.
1993 Farman Still Life Prize, Salon Biennal 1993, Grand Palais, Paris, France
1993 37th International Painting Colony, Prilep, Macedonia
1996 Mid-America Alliance/National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Award in Painting and Works on Paper


The Arkansas Lawyer, January 1988, (May Afternoon reproduced on the cover).

"Artist has special fondness for Marshall County," Tribune-Courier (Benton, Kentucky), March 16,1988.

Bill Bowden, "Washington County Artist's subjects give new meaning to term 'still life'", Arkansas Democrat, September 17, 1989.

Wilson Library Bulletin, September 1990, (Casaba reproduced on the cover).

Dorothy Cox, "Take a walk on cutting edge of art," Arkansas Gazette, November 1, 1990, pp. E1,3.

"Celebrating Arkansas Women Artists," Newsletter from Senator David Pryor, May 20, 1991.

Delphine Montalant, review of Galerie Hopkins-Thomas exhibition, L'Oeil, June 1992, p. 77.

"Donna Phipps Stout," Gazette de l'Hotel Drouot, no. 22-29 May 1992.

Mike Rodman, "Fayetteville Pair Find Art Lives Next to War," Arkansas Democrat Gazette, July 30, 1993.

"Arkansas Watch: Arkansas on Their Minds," Arkansas Times, August 1993.

William Childress, "The Still Life: Making Things More than They Are," American Artist, September 1993, pp. 44-49, 74-76, illustrations on pages 44-49.

David Wise, “Donna Phipps Stout, painter,” In Vision, Fayetteville, Arkansas, December 24, 1993, cover and page 13, (February 6 AM reproduced on the cover)

Northwest Arkansas City Guide, 1994, illustration on p. 10, (Strawberry Nocturne reproduced, erroneously labeled Spring Yellow).

Tom Patterson, “Avery Retrospective Honor Everyday Beauty,” The Charlotte Observer, November 20, 1994, p. 2F.

Becca Bacon Martin, “Husband, Wife Artists Exhibit at Joplin Show,” The Morning News of Northwest Arkansas, May 24, 1996, p. C-1.

Donna Phipps Stout, exhibition catalogue, essay by Keith Holz, Valley House Gallery, 1997.

Mike Daniel, “Donna Phipps Stout at Valley House,” The Dallas Morning News Guide, November 28, 1997, p. 2.

E. Lynne Moss, “Daily Life in Still Life,” supplement published by American Artist, 1998, pp. 6-7.

Kurtz, Robert L., curator, 63rd National Midyear Exhibition catalogue, published by The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio, July 10-August 22, 1999, cover illustration.

“Special Series, Realism Today, The Still Life,” Southwest Art, December 2001, pp. 89, 102.

Biographical Encyclopedia of American Painters, Sculptors & Engravers of the U.S., Colonial to 2002, compiled by Bob Crebs, Dealer’s Choice Books, Land O’ Lakes, Florida, 2002, 2 volumes.

50th Anniversary, catalogue, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas, 2004, color illustration.

Gussie Fauntleroy, “In Bloom: Donna Phipps Stout turns everyday flowers and plants into exquisite still lifes,” Southwest Art, July 2004, pp. 116-119.

Michele Corriel, “Art Santa Fe 2005,” W!ld Blue Yonder The Magazine of Frontier Airlines, July/August 2005 (Nasturtiums and Ribbons reproduced).


1969-71 Instructor of painting, drawing, Berea College, Berea, Kentucky
1971-72 Assistant Professor of Art, Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky
1977 Visiting Professor of Art, Florissant Valley Community College, St. Louis, Missouri
1984 Visiting Professor of Art, John Brown University, Siloam Springs, Arkansas
1992 Adjunct Professor of Art, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas

Biography from Jerald Melberg Gallery:
Donna Phipps Stout’s luminous still lifes are intended to evoke a sense a crystalline mystery.  Her traditional representations are artfully arranged, the objects in her paintings are in disheveled non-arrangements, as if some kind of previous social interaction took place at these tables.

Donna Phipps Stout received her B.A. from Georgetown College and her M.F.A. from Indiana University.  She has been represented in over sixty solo and group exhibitions in the United States and Europe and was honored with a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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