Meet Stuart Wallace, stay-at-home dad, an artist, and a board member of the Georgetown Art Center
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Stuart Wallace is a stay-at-home dad, an artist, and a board member of the Georgetown Art Center. He founded North Austin Creatives and was its chair until moving to Georgetown in 2016. While his daughter takes up most of his time, he is always striving to create a wide variety of art while supporting local arts organizations. A creative household and community are priorities he works toward for himself, his daughter, and his neighbors.
Stuart Wallace grew up in Texas to a British mother and a Canadian father whose family emigrated from England and Scotland. Growing up, Stuart felt as though he was living in a British enclave. Feeling out of place drove him to move abroad after university. He studied abroad in Spain, and then moved to rural Nagasaki, urban China, Hong Kong, Okinawa, Tokyo, Panama, and Turkey. His 7 years abroad were transformative and his art expresses foreignness, identity, and place.
After Turkey, Stuart taught bilingual 5th grade in Austin Independent School District (AISD). That experience prompted him to pursue his art full-time at his home studio. Becoming a full-time artist in North Austin frustrated him due to a lack of consolidated information and opportunities. To serve his community and improve these conditions, he worked with Love North Austin to transform that organization into North Austin Creatives, works to strengthen the arts in North Austin.