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Stephanie Storey easily distinguished herself as one of the best speakers that the Springfield Art Museum has hosted in recent memory… Like a viewer of Michelangelo’s Pietà, the crowd was enraptured by Stephanie’s storytelling.
— Joshua Best, Development and Marketing Coordinator for the Springfield Art Museum
The Asheville Art Museum enjoyed hosting Stephanie on her book tour for Oil and Marble! Although we don’t collect Italian Renaissance art, Stephanie tailored her discussion of the novel to include material on how Leonardo’s and Michelangelo’s masterpieces relate to our collection focus: 20th- and 21st-century American art with concentration on the arts of Southern Appalachia and Western North Carolina. No small feat, but she made it seem effortless and like the most natural thing in the world! Stephanie brings great energy and passion to her presentations, and her love for the subject matter is quite contagious.
— Kristi McMillan, Adult Programs Manager at the Asheville Art Museum
Her enthusiasm, quick-wit, energy and intelligence quickly captured everyone’s attention and left the group feeling a part of her creative process… Stephanie’s passionate and animated presentation brought to life the historical importance of these important works of art and the drama between these two masters as they created them. Stephanie encouraged each person to keep developing their own creative endeavors.
— Marilyn Wright, The Sun-Times, Heber Springs, Arkansas
When Stephanie Storey speaks, her generosity fills the room. Stephanie’s talent for inspiring new writers to action transformed our casual open mic into a salon of heartfelt encouragement and wise advice. Her approachable style, mentorship, and excellent Q&A responses made a professional contribution beyond expectation. I have already recommended Stephanie Storey to other organizations as both an artist and a speaker.
— Jennifer Dorner, Attic Institute in Portland, OR

For Businesses and Nonprofits


Innovate Like Leonardo: Leonardo da Vinci was one of history’s most prolific inventors. He developed ideas for scuba gear, helicopters, multi-barreled cannons, and even the spotlight nearly four hundred years before the invention of the lightbulb. How did he do it? This speech explores the ways Leonardo approached his work in order to help your business become as innovative as Leonardo.

Modern-Day Renaissance: I believe we are in the middle of a new Renaissance and that we all have the potential to become the next Renaissance Man or Woman of our age. Learn how you can mine the resources of our times, catapult off of our current societal advantages, and apply the lessons from the great Old Masters to grow your business like true Renaissance Men and Women.

Michelangelo’s 12 Keys to Success: In addition to being one of the world’s greatest artists, Michelangelo was also one of the world’s greatest businessmen. He kept powerful patrons happy, saved troubled commissions, and created a brand that has lasted for 500 years. By looking at his tactics for success, this speech helps businesses overcome obstacles and create inspired work along the way.

Leadership from Raphael: Raphael Santi led one of the most productive workshops in the High Renaissance, made up of some of the most famous artists of his time. How did he lead such a productive and creative team? Through a special combination of creative vision, optimism, and collaboration. Learn Raphael’s tactics for leadership that can help your team reach new creative heights… together.


Art Talks


Making Artists Human: For museums, galleries or exhibits who want to focus on the process of creating art and making our most famous artists relatable to regular people — on making artists human, a major theme of both Oil and Marble and Raphael, Painter in Rome.

See the Masters in Your Life: A quick journey through all of art history to see how today’s visual imagery still quotes the great masters of the past. Learn to see your modern life through a whole new lens: see Vermeer on your Triscuit box, Kandinsky in your fashion, Michelangelo in the movies…

Science and Technology Presentation - Leonardo the Scientist: Leonardo da Vinci was one of the most brilliant scientific minds in history; this presentation brings Leonardo’s scientific mind to life.

Art History Presentation - Focusing on Rivalry Between Michelangelo and Leonardo and the Art of the Italian Renaissance. Can be tailored, specifically, to any museum collection or exhibit. Connections to any kind of art/presentation makes Italian Renaissance Art relevant to any collection — Modern American, Chinese, Folk Art, Brazilian, Pacific Islander … and any collection in between

Art History Presentation — Focusing on Rivalry Between Michelangelo and Raphael while they went head to head in the Vatican. Can be tailored, specifically, to any museum collection or exhibit. Connections to any kind of art/presentation makes Italian Renaissance Art relevant to any collection — Modern American, Chinese, Folk Art, Brazilian, Pacific Islander … and any collection in between


For Schools

All talks have varying degrees of difficulty appropriate for third graders through college students.


Art History Presentation - Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael: Underlying Theme: By learning from these three Renaissance masters, you too can achieve greatness

Creative Writing Presentation - The Process of Writing and Publishing a Novel: Great for English students or any group of students who need to be inspired to learn to write (and revise) well

Hollywood Presentation - The Truth About Working in Hollywood: For broadcasting, drama, theater, or writing students. Also appropriate for any age or any combination of students.

Combination - Combine Any or All of the Above: By combining art, writing and/or broadcasting students, usually Q&A leads to an interesting mix of questions… Art feeds writing feeds broadcasting


All Topics Can Be Tailored To Any Location

Stephanie creates new presentations for each venue and audience. All presentations can be accompanied by a slide presentation or without, depending upon the venue’s technological capabilities.


A few places where Stephanie has spoken


La Libreria, Madrid, Spain

Hub City Bookshop. Spartanburg, SC

Off Square Books. Oxford, MS

Nightbird Books. Fayetteville, AR

St. Francis. Heber Springs, AR

UU Church of Austin. Austin, TX

Greeley High School. Greeley, CO

Lakeside High School. Hot Springs, AR

Walter Johnson High School. Bethesda, MD

Spartanburg Day School. Spartanburg, SC

Oxford High School. Oxford, MS

iLead Schools, SCVi. Castaic, CA

High Tech Middle School. Chula Vista, CA

Vanderbilt University. Nashville, TN

University of Mississippi. Oxford, MS

Furman University. Greenville, SC

Springfield Art Museum. Springfield, MO

Asheville Art Museum. Asheville, NC

Alison Parsons Art Gallery. Hot Springs, AR

“Leonardo Da Vinci Exhibit.” Union Station. Kansas City, MO

Hudson Library and Historical Society. Hudson, OH

Cultural Arts Center. Columbus, OH

Garvan Woodland Gardens. Hot Springs, AR

Book Soup. Los Angeles, CA

Warwick’s. La Jolla, CA

Regulator Bookshop. Durham, NC



Looking for an inspiring and experienced speaker for your next museum, cultural, or writing event? Contact Stephanie’s representatives to book her for your next event

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Stephanie sparkles! Her talks about Leonardo and Michelangelo combine solidly researched information and imagination, presented with engaging style. She paints a vivid picture of the rivalry of these two great Renaissance giants–equals in genius, opposites in personality–working almost elbow to elbow in Florence for several years.
— Carolyn Watson, Art History Professor at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina
At our conference, Stephanie stood out as being one of our most engaging and inspiring presenters. All of the feedback we heard was incredibly positive, speaking not only to her engaging presentation style but also to the high quality of her workshop content. More than one experienced writer told me they learned new things and had “ah ha!” moments during her workshops that impacted and improved their craft. She’s an outstanding teacher and speaker.
— Jenny Ballif, Las Vegas Writing Conference