Tom Stiltz received his B.A. in Fine Art and M.A. in Photography from the University of Delaware. It was during graduate school that he began his career as an artist working in photography. He was a pioneer in using photographic emulsion to print images on such surfaces as mirror, frosted glass and plasitc laminates. His documentary portraits of student activists printed on five foot plastic laminate panels earned a show at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in NYC. His photos on glass were carried by Neikrug Galleries. Stiltz collaborated with artists Dan Johnson and Larry Rivers to produce a large mirror and laminate piece for a show called Some American History. Jazz legend Miles Davis recorded music for the construction and it toured museums around the US.
He opened a design and photography business in Baltimore and became renown for his photography of political figures. Stiltz worked on Vice President Joe Biden's first Senate campaign. George Bush senior asked Stiltz to travel and document his Campaign for President. His portraits also include President Ronald Reagan, Senators John McClain, Jacob Javits, and Ted Kennedy.
About 15 yeas ago, Stiltz started a new career as a full-time painter. Signed by a publisher, his work was carried in over 50 galleries in the US and Canada.
He has had over 40 one-man shows in painting and photography.