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Frank Raymond LaPena, American art educator. Certified silversmith, 1977, secondary teacher. Grantee Smithsonian Institute, 1976; recipient People On the Move award Young Men’s Christian Association, 1975, Order of the Hornet and Distinguished Service award California State University Alumni Association, 1995.


LaPena, Frank Raymond was born on October 5, 1937 in San Francisco, California, United States. Son of Henry and Evelyn Gladys (Towndolly) LaP.


Student, California State University, Chico, 1956-1965;secondary certified, San Francisco State College, 1968;Master of Arts in Ethnography, California State University, Sacramento, 1978.


Instructor, Shasta Junior College, Redding, California, 1969-1971;from instructor to assistant professor art, California State University, Sacramento, 1971-1973;director National American Studies, California State University, Sacramento, since 1974. Instructor Pena-Adobe, Vacaville, California, 1970, U. Alberta, Leithbridge, Canada, 1974. Director Department of Health, Education and Welfare Designegration Project D.Q. U., Davis, California, 1972.

Research associate unites states department Interior, Fair Oaks, California, 1984. Cons.Calif. Arts Council, Sacramento, since 1980.


  • Certified silversmith, 1977, secondary teacher.


  • Other Work

    • Author, illustrator: (poems) Singing of Earth, 1993, The Sound of Rattles and Clappers, 1994, Commemoration, 1995. Cover artist: Keeping Slug Woman Alive, 1993. Co-author, artist: California Indian Shamanism, 1992.

      Co-editor, artist: Smithsonian National Museum American Indian, 1991-1994. Numerous one-man shows and group exhibits.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: painting, writing, traditional singing and dancing.


Married Catherine Alice Sell Skinner, August 19, 1966 (divorced April 1984). Children: Kari Renee, Vincent Craig. Stepchildren: Ivy, Peggy, Dan, Paul, Nancy.

Henry LaP.

Evelyn Gladys (Towndolly) LaP.

Catherine Alice Sell Skinner

Kari Renee LaPena

Vincent Craig LaPena

Ivy LaPena

Peggy LaPena

Dan LaPena

Paul LaPena

Nancy LaPena