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Stephen Mueller was born in Joliet, Illinois in 1952. From the ages of 8 to 20 he lived in Switzerland, Germany and Australia. He returned to America in 1972 to attend the John Herron School of Art where he studied with Gary Freeman and received his BFA in 1976. He received his MFA in Sculpture from the University of Illinois in 1978.

After graduating he moved to Chicago to co-found Vector Custom Fabricating, Inc., a company that specializes in the fabrication of architectural metals and monumental sculpture. Over the last 31 years Vector has worked with several artists on their larger projects - among them Martin Puryear, Mike Baur, Terrence Karpowicz, Bruce White, Christine Rojek, Neil Goodman, Donald Gummer, Stephen Luecking, John Himmelfarb and Vito Acconci.

Travels to Australia have influenced the direction of his work since 2007.
The High Lake Sculpture Garden is the private art collection of Stephen and Deborah Mueller that includes monumental sculpture on their one acre residence in West Chicago, Illinois. The collection focuses on contemporary Chicago and Mid-West artists. The public is encouraged to visit their collection. Call (312) 505-5161 for more information and appointment.  

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