Nurielle Stern is a Toronto-based sculpture and installation artist and a graduate of Alfred University's MFA program in Ceramic Art (2014). Her large-scale installation, Fable, was commissioned by the Gardiner Museum in 2019, and is currently on view at the Park-Hyatt, Toronto. Stern is the 2019 recipient of the Winifred Shantz Award, and a 2020 recipient of the NCECA Emerging Artist Fellowship. Her work is in the collections of the Gardiner Museum, the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery , the Art Gallery of Burlington, and the Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art (Alfred, NY).
Stern has been a visiting artist at California State University, Long Beach Center for Contemporary Ceramics (2020). Her duo exhibition, Petrichor, with Nicholas Crombach and curated by Sheila McMath will open at the MacLaren Arts Centre (Barrie, ON) in June, 2023.
Stern works sculpturally, creating objects and immersive installations that often combine ceramics and other media. Her innovative use of ceramic materials evokes an archeological imaginary while imbuing her pieces with a heightened materiality and preternatural quality. Her work navigates the malleability of language and materials, the historic role of maker as storyteller, and the dialectics of inside and outside—the tamed and the wilderness.