Pittsburgh Artist Registry

Kathryn Stanko

Kathryn Stanko

Artistic Category artist
Career Level Mid-career
Experienced With Collaboration, Commissions, Lectures, Teaching engagements

As an artist, I was inspired by my study and travel to East Asia and Africa and the weaving, art, and craft I experienced there. The metamorphosis of metal and lace, I named my art MetaLace; it is created from hand-woven precious and base metal wire and often accented with unfaceted semi-precious stones and pearls, or recylced glass. MetaLace is "order out of chaos," beauty out of brokenness. MetaLace exemplifies this in the creation of unorganized, twisted metal wire into works of order, shape, beauty, and purpose.  Having started by creating smaller works of jewelry and adornment, MetaLace evolved into larger sculptural works.

Born in New York, I received a BA from Duquesne University and a MEd from the University of South Alabama. I am a University of Pittsburgh seminar graduate of NCTA, the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia.

I have worked as a full time artist since 2005, producing a studio line of jewelry sold in galleries and stores around the U.S. Locally, MetaLace can be found at The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. My work is inlcuded in Schiffer Art Publishings 2017 3 volume series, Artistry in Fiber, Vol. 3, Wearable Art. 

In addition to my own work as a studio artist, I am curator for the art of eastern Pennsylvania Impressionist John Pierce Barnes (1893-1954). I guest curated exhibitions of his art at The Butler Insititute of American Art, Woodmere Art Museum. The Salmagundi Club, and Noyes Museum of Art. Articles I wrote about Barnes were published in American Art Review and The Pastel Journal.


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15146


  • Craft
  • Found object
  • Mixed-media
  • Textile


  • Abstract
  • Conceptual
  • Expressionist
  • Fashion
  • Fiber
  • Metal
  • Weaving
  • Assemblage