Stellaccio is a freelance artist and scholar. He was born in Muncie, Indiana in 1978 to Cherie Kay and Joseph Louis Stellaccio. Stellaccio earned his BFA in ceramics in 2000 from the Maryland Institute College of Art and immediately began an active professional life studying abroad in Lithuania at the Vilnius Academy of Fine Art and participating in numerous residencies and symposia in Europe and Asia.
In 2004, he was awarded a Fulbright to Lithuania where he remained until 2010 researching their nation’s twentieth-century ceramic art. Stellaccio has lectured internationally and written many articles, a major catalog, and a book on this Lithuanian ceramics. Stellaccio has worked with numerous museums, serving as a consultant for the Lithuanian Art Museum and a project manager and curatorial research specialist for the Smithsonian, National Museum of African Art (NMAfA) from 2011-2014. At NMAfA, he concentrated on a single exhibition entitled "Earth Matters: Land as Material in the Arts of Africa".
Stellaccio writes frequently on contemporary ceramics for museum catalogs and ceramic art journals and his studio practice is ongoing. Stellaccio’s professional memberships include the International Academy of Ceramics, the American Ceramic Circle, and the Art Axis collective.