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Stuart Bass recently retired and is exploring an early interest in photography. He started using his father’s Nikormat at a young age and later shot for the high school newspaper and yearbook. Later, at the San Francisco Art Institute his aesthetic was best described as rebellion and comedy wrapped in the avant-garde. 

For most of his adult life Stuart focused on editing series comedies in Los Angeles, including The Wonder Years, Parker Lewis Can’t Lose, Scrubs, The Office, Arrested Development, Pushing Daisies and A Series of Unfortunate Events. He has enjoyed directing episodes of Don't Trust the B**** in Apartment 23 and Melissa and Joey. He designed and edited several main title sequences, most recently creating the title for A Series of Unfortunate Events. He has directed second unit and inserts for many television shows, including Macgyver, The Wonder Years, Pushing Daisies and Mockingbird Lane.  

Stuart began his career shooting rock videos for MTV during the company’s early years. At this time he was part of the growing comedy improvisation scene involved in teaching workshops and performance, and later moved into directing and editing hundreds of spots for San Francisco’s largest commercial production company.

Self Portrait Stuart Bass

Stuart has been nominated for five Primetime Emmy Awards, two ACE Awards and a 2006 ACE Eddy Award for editing Arrested Development. He won a 2008 Primetime Emmy Award for his work on Pushing Daisies.

Stuart has a BA in Radio, Television, and Film from the University of Wisconsin and a MFA in fine art with an emphasis in film from the San Francisco Art Institute.

Recent Milestones



IN FLUX: Recalibrating the Unknown
Museum of Northern California Art (monca)
March 21 - May 21, 2024

Curator: Jeremy P. Morgan

Photoworks San Francisco
Defining Images

April 7 - May 7, 2023

San Francisco Women Artist Gallery

Melting: Climate Crisis ~ Water is Life

Curator: Dorka Keehn

May 31 - June 24 2022


The Midway Gallery and San Francisco Artist Alumni

Mine: What is Our in the Wake of Extraction

Curator: Patsy Craig

June 16 - July 18, 2022


Blank Wall Gallery

Chania Internations Photo Festival

Curator: Maria Toutoudaki

July 6 - July 12, 2022


East Bay Photo Collective

The Night is Young

Curators: Anita Gay, Vince Donovan

August 5 - September 30, 2022



Marin Society of Artists, April 1 through May 31, 2023.

Exposed 2023 

Second Prize - The Buck Stops Here 

Water - Fine Art Exhibition, January 30-March  31, 2023

Honorable Mention - Seismic Activity

Wild Photo Awards Aug 2022

Abstract Nature - Highly Commended  - “The Meeting of the Angles”

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