The digital magazine Artmoire says Stoehr’s paintings “are beautifully disturbing. He takes our natural and predisposed attraction to faces and uses this to arouse profound and penetrating emotions within us.”
A technology background at UW-Stout
Stoehr lives in Boulder, Colo., with his wife, Mary Kay Stoehr, formerly Mary Kay Merkowitz, a 1971 home economics graduate. They met at UW-Stout in 1967 in a lunch line.
He grew up in southeastern Wisconsin, in Burlington, and was interested in art but majored in industrial technology. “Stout academics aligned perfectly with my positions and career path from the very beginning and even throughout my career with National Geographic,” he said.
He competed in track (sprints) and cross country for the Blue Devils, captaining both teams, and was a student government senator, chair of the Campus Elections Committee and on the Intrafraternity Council.
His degree led to a series of jobs in manufacturing and engineering, including manager positions in engineering, production, strategic planning, international sales, marketing and quality assurance. He received a Master of Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas, did post-graduate work at Marquette University and was a doctoral program resident at the J.L. Kellogg School at Northwestern University.
With a personal interest in mountain biking, he and Mary Kay decided “for fun” to create the first two mountain biking guides to Colorado. In the process, he learned the art of map-making.
They became map-makers, and their company Trails Illustrated was bought in 1997 by the National Geographic Society. He rose to president of mapping for National Geographic, overseeing production of maps, map atlases, globes, digital maps and more that were sold around the world and that appeared in the magazine. They have traveled around the world and several times to remote areas in Alaska and Nepal.