Sandra Jo Martinez : Martinez Studio
1959 Born Sandra Jo Hackbarth, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
1974-78 Began working in ceramics at The Potters Wheel in Milwaukee and at the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay.
1978-84 B.A. from University of Wisconsin at Green Bay.
Focus on Arts Management, Conceptual Art and studio work under David Damkoehler.
Began developing neo-primitive drawing practice.
1988 Designed and commissioned a series of tapestries woven by Wence Martinez in Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico. The collection of 15 collaborative pieces were featured in Convergence ’88, International Textile Conference and exhibited throughout Chicago, IL including a solo exhibition at Topeka Gallery, The Field Museum, and The Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, (now the National Museum of Mexican Art)
1994-Present Opened Martinez Studio in Jacksonport, Wisconsin. The gallery focuses on the work of Sandra and her husband Wence Martinez.
2004 Martinez Studio: Ten Years, Latino Arts, Milwaukee, WI.
2004 Milwaukee Art Museum, solo trunk show with handbags and scarves.
2008 Martinez Studio: Painted and Woven, Fairfield Art Museum, Door County, WI.
2012 Debuted on the national show circuit at Architectural Digest Home Show, NYC.
2013 Returned to the Architectural Digest Show. Juried.
2013 Debuted at the prestigious Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington D.C.
2013 JM Kohler Art Center, “One and Only” at ARTspace by invitation. Sheboygan, WI.
2014 Craftforms, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA. Juried.
2014 PBS/WPT profile piece, Wisconsin Life Series. “Woven Together” Viewable at our site.
2014 American Craft Council Show, Baltimore, MD. by special invitation.
2014 Smithsonian Craft Show, D.C.…2 years back to back!
2014 JM Kohler ARTspace, Black, White with a Bit of Color by invitation. Sheboygan, WI.
2014 Green Home Chicago, Modern Flatweave/Primitive Painting. Solo 2014 American Craft Magazine, first editorial mention and photo, Oct/Nov Masters issue.
2014 Crafts America Show in Washington D.C. Juried.
2014 Philadelphia Art Museum Craft Show, Philadelphia, PA. Juried.
2015 American Craft Council Show, Baltimore, MD.
2015 Smithsonian Craft Show, D.C.…3 years back to back!
2015 Contemporary Flatweave Rooted in Legacy, Martinez Studio at Latino Arts, UCC Milwaukee, WI Solo Show celebrating 21 years.
2015 Philadelphia Art Museum Craft Show, Philadelphia, PA, Nov. (2nd)
2016 Smithsonian Craft Show 4th consecutive Washington D.C.
2016 Smithsonian Silver Award for overall excellence!
2016 MOWA Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend, WI Aug 6- Nov 6
Traditional Textiles Meet Modern Design: Wence and Sandra Martinez
I first saw Sandra’s work at the Milwaukee Art Museum, and I was immediately struck by the originality of her work and her imagery, which has a timeless quality yet is contemporary at the same time. While her design is innovative, her pieces are also extremely well made…her technique is masterful. She also has a wonderful sense of authenticity and unity, which is what you look for in an artist. She has a consistent style, and she’s found her inner voice. She makes a distinctive contribution.
Michael Monroe, Executive Director and Curator of the Bellevue Arts Museum in Seattle, formerly the Curator of the Renwick Gallery, the Smithsonian’s Museum of Contemporary Craft and Design commenting on Sandra’s appliquéd handbags and block printed scarves in a one person trunk show at the Milwaukee Art Museum (2007)
Craig Blietz commented recently on the new work, Sandra’s work exudes a maturity and depth, which is not always easy to achieve, especially in works on paper. They also display a wonderful combination of narrative and formal conjunction. Beautiful and rich work, presented in the best possible manner. (2011)