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educator , sculptor

Sam Hernandez, American sculptor, educator. Individual Artist fellow Cultural Council Santa Clara (California) County, 1983, Visual Artist fellow National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, 1984, Senior Fulbright fellow Fulbright Program, 1986, Visual Artists fellow Djerassi Foundation; Individual Artist grantee Northern California Grantmakers/National Education Association, Santa Cruz, 1989.


Hernandez, Sam was born on January 23, 1948 in Hayward, California, United States. Son of Ferdinand Rudolph and Martha (Pelaez) Hernandez.


Bachelor in Art, California State University, Hayward, 1970; diploma (honorary), University Sonora, Mexico, 1972; Master of Fine Arts in Art, University of Wisconsin, 1974.


Director sculpture program, East Texas State University, Commerce, 1974-1977; assistant professor, Santa Clara (California) U., 1977-1983; associate professor, Santa Clara (California) U., 1983-1996; chair art department, Santa Clara (California) U., 1980-1986; professor, Santa Clara (California) U., since 1996. Visiting lecturer University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1980. Artist in residence Skopje (Macedonia) U., 1986.

Visiting artist Honolulu (Hawaii) Academy Arts, 1992. Visiting instructor Anderson Ranch, Snowmass Village, Colorado, 1994, 95, Haystack School, Deer Isle, Maine, 1994. Juror Crocker Kingsley Exhibition-Crocker ArtMus., 1998.


  • Other Work

    • One man shows include Palm Springs Desert Museum, Oakland Museum, San Jose Museum Art, Fresno Art Museum, Honolulu Academy Arts, University Oregon Museum Art, University California, Davis, California Museum Art, Santa Rosa. Group shows include San Francisco Museum Modern Art, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, American Craft Museum, New York City, Philbrook Museum Art, Tulsa, Mexican Museum, San Francisco, Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, Museum of Macedonia, Skopje, New Orleans Museum Art, Milwaukee Art Museum, Lowe Art Museum, Coral Gables, Florida, Des Moines Art Center, Denver Art Museum, Chicago Cultural Center, Laguna Art Museum, Virginia Museum Fine Art, Eluehjem Museum Art, Madison, Wisconsin, Museum Fine Arts, Boston. Co-author: The Day of the Dead: Tradition and Change in Contemporary Mexico, 1979.


Member of advisory board Djerassi Foundation, Villa Montalvo. Member Art in Public Places Commission, San Josel member Cultural Council, Santa Cruz County.


  • Other Interests

    Avocation: antique car restoration.


Married Jo Farb, September 5, 1976. 1 child, Larissa Anne.

Ferdinand Rudolph Hernandez

Martha (Pelaez) Hernandez

Jo Farb

Larissa Anne Hernandez