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Stacey Lee Webber


B. 1982

Contemporary artist Stacey Lee Webber cherishes working with found materials whose history is physically evident. Her practice incorporates a wide range of techniques, including coin cutting, embroidery, metal fabrication, weaving, and resin pouring, which she crafts into exquisite two- and three-dimensional artworks. The scale and aesthetics of her work greatly vary – from full-scale replicas of ladders made solely of American coins to delicate handmade jewelry to abstract, coin-pressed artwork. Her work is often described as meticulous, pushing the boundaries of everyday recognizable objects to the point of being unidentifiable. Webber strives to make artwork that interests a broad range of viewers, and challenges preconceived notions about the value of handmade objects and work ethics while celebrating liberty and labor.  

Webber’s Craftsmen Series in Cultural Currency evokes American iconography and pride in the working-class hero. In contemporary American society, pennies have become nostalgic coins, often discarded and rarely used as currency. Seeing these superfluous coins manipulated with skill and precision into basic workingman’s tools glorifies not only the object but also the material. By meshing the labor of craft with traditional blue-collar labor, the Craftsmen Series strikes chords with the human need to work with one’s hands. With her piece, Craftsmen Series: Back Saw, Webber employed her skills in metalsmithing by using pennies to create the all-too-familiar tool. By constructing the iconic tool out of low-value pennies, Webber highlights the importance of, yet often undervalued, “blue collar” work. 

Webber received her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Ball State University in 2005 and a Masters of Fine Art from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2008. She has exhibited her work worldwide, including at the Cheongju International Craft Biennale in South Korea, Gallery Okariya in Japan, and Sophie Lachaert Gallery in Belgium. Her work has been curated into the permanent collections of The Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery in Washington DC, the Fuller Craft Museum, the art collection of Wells Fargo Bank, the Kamm Teapot Foundation collection, the University of Wisconsin Madison’s School of Business, and numerous private art collections around the world. Webber lives and works in Philadelphia, PA.


Myrtle Beach’s Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum strives to be one of the finest visual arts museums in the Carolinas. With 11 galleries that change throughout the year, Myrtle Beach’s only art museum offers exhibitions featuring paintings, textiles, sculpture, photography, video, ceramics, assemblage, collage and more. A visit to the Art Museum’s exhibitions can be enhanced by its lively programming, including artist receptions, tours, lectures, workshops and classes for both adults and children.