Sandra Martinez Bio

1959 Born Sandra Jo Hackbarth in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

1974-78 Began working in ceramics at The Potters Wheel in Milwaukee and at the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay, Wisconsin.

1978-84 Earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from UW-Green Bay, focusing on arts management, conceptual art and studio work. Began current work developing original ethnographic symbols.

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 the Convergence ’88 International Textile Conference and were exhibited throughout Chicago, Illinois, at venues such as Topeka Gallery, The Field Museum and The Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, (now the National Mexican Museum).

1994 Opened the Martinez Studio in Jacksonport, Wisconsin, on the Door County Peninsula. The gallery focuses of Sandra’s work and that of her husband, Wence.

2012 Wence and Sandra Martinez’s work was prominently featured in the annual Architectural Digest Home Design Show at New York City’s Pier 94.

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