John Stermer’s art reflects his feeling for a special environment, the American Southwest and in particular, New Mexico. In 1959 John Stermer came to New Mexico after spending several years study in New York, Paris and Barcelona. Born in Elmira, NY, Mr. Stermer first studied with Julius Lars Hoftrup. After World War II, he attended and taught at the Art Student’s League in New York. He then studied at the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris. Mr. Stermer stayed on in Paris and later Barcelona to study and paint.
Since establishing his home in Silver City, New Mexico, John Stermer has exhibited widely in New Mexico and Arizona. He traveled through out the western United States as head of the Silver City Arts Council, which he founded. Mr. Stermer served on the New Mexico State Arts Council.
John Stermer’s work has been exhibited in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington, Paris, Barcelona and the Southwest United States. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Art Student’s League (New York, NY), US State Department, Arnot Museum (Elmira, NY), State Capitol of New Mexico (Santa Fe, NM), Albuquerque Museum (Albuquerque, NM), and the Museum of New Mexico in Santa Fe (Santa Fe, NM). Stermer’s work is in the collection of Kennecott Copper Corporation and other institutional and private collections.
John Stermer worked in a wide range of media including oil, acrylic, watercolor, charcoal and colored pencil. He made block prints, line and aquatint etchings.
John Stermer’s art style is influenced by the Modern Movements, from Cezanne, Cubism to Minimalism. His subject ranged from figure and portrait studies to landscape and still life. Though his compositions were abstracted, Mr. Stermer remained an objective painter.
Most recent exhibition: New Mexico Down Under: Featured Artist (Group Show), South Broadway Cultural Center and KiMo Art Space, Albuquerque, NM, May-June, 2007.
This biographical information is extracted from the Catalog for the John Stermer Retrospective Exhibition, Francis McCray Galleries, Western New Mexico University, Silver City NM, November 1995; Ms. Mary Thornton editor. Additional information provided by Ms. Lucianna Stermer, wife of John Stermer, and Ms. Margaret Stermer-Cox, daughter of John Stermer. Submitted with permission of Ms. Lucianna Stermer.