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Wanda Lee Hammerbeck, American Artist. Recipient 1st place all media San Francisco The Art Institute of Chicago, 1977, award National.Endowment for Arts, 1979, 80, 81. Active various volunteer and charity benefits.


Hammerbeck, Wanda Lee was born on March 24, 1945 in Lincoln, Nebraska, United States. Daughter of Thomas Earl and Juanita (Arthur/Lee) Matthews.


Bachelor in Psychology, University North Carolina, 1967. Master of Arts in Higher Education, University North Carolina, 1971. Postgraduate, Yale University, 1968.

Master of Fine Arts in Photography, San Francisco Art Institute, 1977.


Lecturer, panel discussion Art Center College of Design, 1996. Visiting artist lecturer Mills. College, Oakland, California, 1982, leader photography workshops Museum Photographic Arts, San Diego, 1988, 89, 90, 91, others.

Lecturer Simmons College, 1997, Oakland Museum, 2000, San Francisco Art Institute, 2002.


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  • Other Work

    • Author: (photography books) Depositions, 1978. One-woman shows include Camerawork Gallery, San Francisco, 1974, San Francisco Museum Modern Art, 1978, O.K. Harris, New York City, 1979, Delahunty, Dallas, 1982, Museum Photog. Art, San Diego, 1983, Carpenter-Hochman, Dallas, 1984, Etherton Gallery, Tucson, 1986, Scheinbaum and Russek Gallery, Santa Fe, 1986, Museum of Art of America West, Houston, 1988, Fullerton Art Museum, California State University, Santa Barbara, 2001.

      Exhibited in group shows at San Francisco Art Institute, 1977, DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts, 1981, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, 1981, Tyler School Art, Philadelphia, 1981, Museum Modern Art, Belgrade, Yugoslavia, 1981, Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels, 1982, Photokina, Cologne, Germany, 1982, Oakland (California) Museum, 1983, San Francisco Museum Modern Art, 1983, Houston Museum Fine Arts, 1984, 87, Burden Gallery, New York City, 1987, San Jose Institute Contemporary Art, 1988, Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, New York, 1989, Tokyo Institute Polytechnics and College Art, Nihon University, 1990, Massachusetts College Art, Huntington Gallery, Boston, 1992, Art Museum Princeton University, 1993, 98, Spencer Art Museum, University Kansas, 1996, Nevada Art Museum, 1996, Nevada Art Museum, 1999, Pomona College Art Museum, 2001, Museum Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, Arizona, 2001, Norsk Museum for Fotograf, Horten, Norway, 2003, Landscape Exhibition, Palm Springs, California, 2005, Palm Springs Art Museum, 2005, 06, Museum American West Autry National Center, 2006, Autry Western Heritage Museum, Los Angeles, 2007, Maverick Art, Autry Museum, 2008, others. Represented in permanent collections at Australian National Gallery, Denver Art Museum, Oakland Museum, Museum Modern Art, Princeton Art Museum, Center for Creative Photography, Wellesley College, Canberra, California Museum Photography, Riverside, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Houston Museum Fine Arts, Lehigh University Art Galleries, Pennsylvania, others. Also private and corporation collections.

      Work exhibited in book The Lure the Local, 1997, California Views, 1979, Object, Illusion, Reality, 1979, The Center of the Eye, 1983, Photography 150 Years, 1989, A River Too Far: The Past and Future of Water in the West, 1991, Arid Waters: Photographs from the Water in the West, 1992, Nature Through Her Eyes, 1994.


Active various volunteer and charity benefits.


Married Edward Cox Hammerbeck, June 8, 1968 (deceased August 1969). Married Drake Paul Silliman, February 5, 1986. Children: Samantha, Alexandra.

Thomas Earl Matthews

Juanita (Arthur/Lee) Matthews

Edward Cox Hammerbeck

Drake Paul Silliman

Samantha Hammerbeck

Alexandra Hammerbeck