Carol Stewart - Columbus Open Studio & Stage


Carol Stewart’s studio is in the Milo Grogan neighborhood. It is in an 1894 public school building designed by J. M. Freese who also designed Franklin Park Conservatory. It was closed as a public school in the late 1970s and became a studio building in 1988. As you approach the building you will see that it resembles a castle. There are approximately 30 live/work studios in the building. Carol’s studio is in the 1920s addition. Please park in front only on the south side of 3rd Avenue. There is additional parking on 9th Avenue and in the rear of the building (through gate on 9th). A volunteer will greet you on the front steps and give you directions to her studio. There will be a short introductory video in the hallway outside of the studio. Inside the studio you can experience Carol’s still life paintings and learn about her working process. After you have visited the studio you are welcome to visit the Community Garden – to the west side of the building. Carol is very active in planting and maintaining this garden to be part of the community and for flowers for her still life paintings.




Carol Stewart was born in Ontario, Canada in 1959. She obtained a B.F.A. from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario in 1981, and finished her M.F.A. in painting at Fontbonne University in St. Louis, Missouri in 2010. For more than 35 years, Carol has rendered still life and gardens from London, UK, Vancouver, British Columbia, St Louis, Missouri and now Columbus Ohio.

Carol’s works can be found in private and corporate collections in Canada, the United States and Europe.


I have felt compelled to paint nearly every day for more than 35 years. My studio and gardens are a source of constant inspiration: full of light, color, pattern and texture.

Still life subject matter is the major vehicle for expression. I spend a great deal of time composing a still life and then work directly from the subject. My passion is making rich and complex oil paintings through color, light, line and texture. I strive for paintings where these elements are just as important as the subject matter. It is important to me that the surface of the painting is layered and varied. I use thin washes, opaque layers, transparent glazes, and pastel and charcoal mark making on 300 lb water color paper or canvas to achieve this.

My painting is the result of the combination of steady work, motivation to create and inspiration. Experience has taught me how to get to that place where the magic of a really good painting happens.


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