Daniel Stumeier is a St. Louis-based artist and educator. He teaches studio and lecture courses at St. Louis Community College, Southwestern Illinois College, and the Schmidt Art Center. His artwork has been exhibited at Reese Gallery, Granite City Art and Design District, and fort gondo compound for the arts. Stumeier has attended the St. Louis Teaching Artists Institute and received a Regional Arts Commission Artist Award Grant in 2018. He also completed a residency at Paul Artspace. Stumeier holds a B.F.A. in painting from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and an M.F.A. from the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Art at Washington University.
In his practice, he reflects upon his experiences growing up in rural Illinois and reconsiders these experiences against America’s attitudes toward class, race, and masculinity. Stumeier’s work is not intended to be sentimental but rather an earnest portrayal of the blue-collar, pre-dominantly white culture he is a part of but does not understand or embrace. Through making he acknowledges his own white privilege as he looks closer at pop-culture figures and craft traditions of communities that tend to deny this privilege exists.