As a former combat artist and veteran, Tony Stencel brings a unique perspective to his works, through his uncommon combination of artistic talent and military service. Stencel served with the Wisconsin Army National Guard for 9 years as a U.S. Army Illustrator, where was 1 of 11 total illustrators in the Active Army, Guard and Reserve forces.
Stencel was deployed to Operation Enduring Freedom - Afghanistan (OEF 2005) as a civilian combat artist with the former USAF Art Program to document to the mission of the United States Air Force through his art. He was an active member of the "Invitation Only" Art Program for 12 years, until it's cease of operations 3 years ago.
His art has been included in the permanent collections of the National Museum of Naval Aviation, the United States Air Force Art Collection/Pentagon, the U.S. Army’s permanent art collections as well as private and corporate collections.
Currently, Tony has decided to pursue less strenuous art "experiences", focusing on traveling rural backroads of the Midwest, painting his watercolors, taking reference photography and keeping his sketchbooks current. He is kept busy as a Dad to 3 kids, 11,16, and 18 and a "special needs" dog.
He holds a degree from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, studied at the Disney Institute as well as
attending seminars and workshops from nationally recognized artists.
2010-13: United States Air Force Permanent Art Collection - Pentagon - paintings accepted
2009 Accepted as an “Artist Member” - American Society of Aviation Artists
2009 Finalist - “The Artist’s Magazine” Architecture - Landscape category
2008 United States Air Force Permanent Art Collection - Pentagon - painting accepted
2007 Feature article in “The Artist’s Magazine”
2006 National Museum of Naval Aviation Pensacola, FL - Third Place Award / Purchase Award
2006 United States Air Force Permanent Art Collection - Pentagon - 4 paintings accepted
2005-09 Invited artist “Open Canvas” Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design
2005 United States Air Force embedded artist - Joint Military Task Force Artist, S. Carolina
2005 United States Air Force embedded combat artist - Afghanistan
2005 United States Air Force embedded artist - Hurricane Katrina
2005 National Museum of Naval Aviation Pensacola, FL - Accepted painting
2005 2 Person Show - Imagine That! Gallery - Delafield, WI
2004 National Museum of Naval Aviation Pensacola, FL - Merit Award
2004 United States Air Force Permanent Art Collection - Pentagon - 2 paintings accepted
2003 Experimental Aviation Association - Sport Aviation Art Competition - Merit Award
2002 Wisconsin Lt. Governor's Office - One person Show (1 month)
2002 Wisconsin Army National Guard Outstanding Civilian Service Medal for service to the
Army National Guard through art.