9: Emily Stergar

Categories: 100 Creatives

When we last put the spotlight on 100 creative forces in Phoenix, it was no secret there were more than 100 individuals who were making waves in the local arts community. So in celebration of our Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome (back) to 100 Creatives.

Emily Stergar, photo by Kelsey Wiskirchen

Emily Stergar says she's originally from the cornfields of rural Indiana. After graduating from Herron School of Art and Design in 2004, she picked up and moved to the Big Apple. She says missed open space, so she didn't last very long. She then decided to move to Virginia and live by the ocean, which she says was great, but it was the wrong kind of space. When she moved to Arizona for graduate school, she says she immediately thought: "Now this is the right kind of space!"

Stergar currently teaches sculpture at Chandler-Gilbert Community College and Phoenix College, inspiring my students to make sculpture. She recently received the International Sculpture Center's Outstanding Student Achievement Award in Contemporary Sculpture for 2012.

photo by Peter Bugg
Emily Stergar's "Drain"
I came to Phoenix with ... all the power tools I could fit in my truck.

I make art because ... Sometimes I ask myself "What else I would do? What else should I be?" I've never been able to answer. So I just make. That's what I do.

I'm most productive when ... I'm left to my own devices and too tired to think.

My inspiration wall is full of ... quotes, images, sketches, rulers and triangles, maps, string, neon lights, pegboards full of files, hammers, screw drivers, pliers, levels, saw blades, etc....important news articles, tracings of drain covers and concrete cracks, thoughts on work in progress...thoughts on old work, new work, bad work, notes on air and water quality...on land and water rights...more notes on government policies...my work apron, welding jacket, and safety goggles.

I've learned the most from ... experimenting and making a thousand mistakes until it finally clicks.

Good work should always ... be thought provoking, ask questions, challenge what you believe and hold to be true, have an emotional pull, and leave you wanting more.

The Phoenix creative scene could use more ... making.

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Emily Stergar's "Open Crated Land"

The Creatives, so far ... (And while you're here, check out 100 Tastemakers on Chow Bella.)

100:Lara Plecas
99. Isaac Caruso
98. Brandon Gore
97. Kelsey Dake
96. Hector Ruiz
95. Caroline Battle
94: Jennifer Campbell
93. Jeff Chabot
92. Tiffiney Yazzie
91. Daniel Germani
90. Irma Sanchez
89. Daniel m. Davis
88. Kirstin Van Cleef
87. Emmett Potter
86. Sarah Hurwitz
85. Christine Cassano
84. Fred Tieken
83. Lindsay Kinkade
82. Ruben Galicia
81. Robert Uribe
80. Heidi Abrahamson
79. Josephine Davis
78. Travis Ladue
77. Taz Loomans
76. Mikey Jackson
75. Alex Empty
74. Joe Ray
73. Carol Roque
72. Daniel Funkhouser
71. Carla Chavarria
70. Hugo Medina
69. Cavin Costello
68. Claire Carter
67. Lindsay Tingstrom
66. Catherine Ruane
65. Christopher Crosby
64. Aaron Johnson
63. Brenda Eden
62. Colton Brock
61. Ernesto Moncada
60. Benjamin Phillips
59. Brad Armstrong
58. Angela Hardison
57. Tyler Quinn
56. Andrew James Benson
55. Charles Anthony Darr
54: Tiffe Fermaint
53. Eric Cox
52. Victor Vasquez
51. John Randall Nelson
50. Lauren Lee
49. Kyle Jordre
48. Julie C. Kent
47. Sean Deckert
46. Niba DelCastillo
45. Joseph Benesh
44. Ashley Harder
43. Dan Vermillion
42. Daniel Shepherd
41. James B. Hunt
40. Lori Fenn
39. Seth Gideon Fainkujen
38. Wayne Rainey
37. Christian Filardo
36. Melissa Cody
35. Jason Rudolph Peña
34. Cindy Iverson
33. Ryan Gentry
32. Sebastien Millon
31. Andrea Beesley
30. Chris Pruitt
29. Robert Diehl
28. Rachel Malloy
27. Jonathan Simon
26. Ann Morton
25. Kim Moody
24. Kevin Flanagan
23. Such and Champ Styles
22. Julia Fournier
21. Rebecca Green
20. Jules Demetrius
19. Averian Chee
18. Sara Cochran
17. Daniel Mills
16. Nina Miller
15. Robert Brandan Martinez
14. Rachel Bowditch
13. Ashley Macias
12. Eddie Sparr
11. Bob Roman
10. Melinda Bergman

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