Jo Stealey, Ph.D. is a professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia where she is head of the fiber program. She regularly teaches workshops, lectures on contemporary fiber and exhibits her work nationally and internationally. Recent exhibitions include: one person exhibitions in Granada and Benalua, Spain, Sheldon Galleries of Art, St. Louis as well as the Perlow-Stevens Gallery in Columbia, Missouri. She recently finished a set design for Eklektica, a performance art team in Spain. Her work has been included in such traveling exhibitions as, Contemporary Baskets: No Boundaries and A New Era of Sculpture, in Taiwan. Examples of her work can also be seen in Fiber Arts Design Books III-VIII as well as issues of Fiberarts, Surface Design and Shuttle Spindle and Dyepot magazines. Jo was trained as a potter and weaver, but has made sculptural baskets using handmade paper for the past 25 years. Her work encompasses both 2 and 3 dimensional formats. Her imagery draws upon her experiences through travel and everyday life.