Sam Olkinetzky was museum director, artist, educator. Recipient Governor's Art award, 1981, St. Gaudens medal, Alexander medal, New York City. Member of Art Museum Association, American Association Museum, Mountain-Plains Museum Association, International Council Museum, Oklahoma Museum Association (president 1978-1979).
Assistant professor art and humanities Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical University, Stillwater, 1947-1957. Visiting assistant professor art University Oklahoma, Norman, 1957-1958. Associate professor art Museum of Art, since 1959.
Director Museum Art University Oklahoma, Norman, 1959-1983. Visiting professor art and humanities University Arkansas, Fayetteville, 1962—1963, Fayetteville, 1967—1968, Langston University, Oklahoma, 1969—1970. Art consultant Kerr-McGee Industries, Inc.
Advisor State of Oklahoma Visual Arts. Member State Art Collection Committee, Norman Arts and Humanities Council. With United States Army Air Force, 1942-1945.
- One-man shows include Arts Place II, Oklahoma Art Center, Firehouse Art Center, Norman, 1989, exhibitions include Museum Non-Objective Art, New York City, Museum Modern Art, 50-Year Retrospective Exhibition, 1942-1992, Norick Art Center, Oklahoma City, 1992, Represented in permanent collections Museum Art University Oklahoma, Philbrook Art Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma City Museum Art.
1947 - 1957
1957 - 1958
1959 - 1983