Michael Stadler completed his graduate studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and with the Wood Center at IUP, receiving an MFA in 2009. He has served as a cabinetmaker and studio furniture maker for the past four years.
Michael has been teaching continuing education courses in wood turning at IUP and the center for the past three years, and will continue to serve as an adjunct instructor with IUP and the Department of Art and Design. He has studied with many internationally acclaimed artists and was the recipient of a studio assistantship at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. In addition to presenting on his residency work at the 2009 National Arts Education Association Conference in Chicago, he was awarded the Maloof Scholarship from Anderson Ranch Art Center in Aspen, Colorado. His most recent commission was by Butler Health Systems in Butler, Pennsylvania, for a 90-foot-long wooden sculpture for their newly constructed atrium.
“Pandora: Hindsight ‘is’ 2020” is a visual pun and direct response to many of the events that are current in society. This piece is a delicate, simple wooden box, visually bound and burdened by an ostentatious chain and lock, that in truth, could easily be removed.”