Cortney Stephenson completed her BFA at the Ontario College of Art and Design, where she majored in Drawing and Painting. In 2009 she was the recipient of the Mrs. W.O. Forsyth Award for Excellence in Painting, recognizing female artists whose major means of expression has been painting. In the Spring of 2011 she launched My Mother’s Basement Gallery, a website which focuses on giving exposure to emerging artists. Stephenson has shown both in Toronto and Internationally, and is currently and Low Residency MFA candidate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.