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Daly, Stephen

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About this Artist

My mother could see the Statue of Liberty from the hospital room where I was born on Governor’s Island in New York. This was told to me later as a child and the image of this scene entered my imagination as the first sculpture I “saw,” thus sparking an inevitable course toward studio work as a sculptor.

Stephen DalyThat artistic path was not immediately followed, as I first had a desire during childhood to become a classical musician. I didn’t know what that meant in the third grade when I started flute lessons, but I eventually came to understand that I would forever be a practitioner and not an inventor. It was the role as the latter that I soon discovered would satisfy my creative needs, and I found the outlet in a painting class half-way through my attendance of Menlo-Atherton High School in Menlo Park, California.

The truly formative years for me artistically were those spent in undergraduate and graduate studies at San Jose State University and Cranbrook Academy of Art, respectively, and then as a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, Italy. San Jose State University had a very active art department and was close enough to the San Francisco Bay Area to allow plenty of museum, gallery, and studio visits. My struggle during this period was to find a medium I liked and determine what my artistic voice was to be. In San Jose, and again at Cranbrook in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, I explored the mysteries of metal casting and found a formal and visual language in a machine/man, machine/animal synthesis much expanded and grounded a few years later during a two-year grant period at the American Academy in Rome where I could work, look and think all the time.

My wife, Sharon, and I had a daughter during my first teaching position at the University of Minnesota. Many years later, we are still together and live close to each other in central Texas. I taught at The University of Texas at Austin from the early Eighties until late 2007 and retired as Professor Emeritus. I believe teaching and studio work invigorate each other.

The move to Texas saw the introduction of a distinctly figurative element in my sculpture and the beginning of drawing as an art-form (as opposed to sketches for sculpture). The concepts of “situational” work and of “particulated” imagery (many independent forms working as a whole) continue today.

For more detailed biographical and artistic information, I recommend reading an essay by critic Susie Kalil and also refer you to the catalogue accompanying the 2002 retrospective in Valencia, Spain. It contains an extended biography as well as an essay by Spanish critic Marina Pastor.


M.F.A. in Sculpture/Cranbrook Academy of Art/Bloomfield Hills, Michigan/1967
B.F.A. in Art/San Jose State University/San Jose, California/1964
Teaching Experience
Professor/Professor Emeritus/University of Texas/Department of Art and Art History/Austin,Texas/1981-present

Grants & Fellowships
Foxworth Centennial Fellowship/College of Fine Arts/University of Texas at Austin
Grace Hill Milan Centennial Fellowship in the Arts/College of Fine Arts/University of Texas at Austin
Louis Comfort Tiffany Award in Sculpture/Tiffany Foundation/New York City
Reinhart Fellow in Sculpture/American Academy in Rome/Maryland Institute of Art/Baltimore
Prix de Rome (in sculpture)/American Academy in Rome, Italy
International Artist Residencies & Symposia
Can Serrat International Art Center/Barcelona, Spain/2008
International Artist Residency/Sponsored by Multicultural Center/Budapest/2006
Forum Internacional de Escultura Ambiental/sponsored by CODEMA/Havana, Cuba/2000

Solo Exhibitions
2015 “Drawings and Sculpture”/Gremillion Company and Fine Art, Inc./Houston, Texas
2014 “Signals”/William Campbell Contemporary Art/Fort Worth, Texas
2013 “Drawing and Sculpture”/EFA Gallery/Angelo State University/San Angelo, Texas
2011 “Recent Works”/Gremillion Company and Fine Art, Inc./Houston, Texas
2008 “Drawing and Sculpture”/William Campbell Contemporary Art/Fort Worth, Texas
2002 “Synchronicity”/William Campbell Contemporary Art/Fort Worth, Texas
“Between Drawing and Sculpture”/La Universidad Politecnica de Valencia/Spain
1993 William Campbell Contemporary Art/Fort Worth, Texas
1991 Hooks-Epstein Galleries/Houston, Texas
1989 William Campbell Contemporary Art/Fort Worth, Texas
1988 McNay Art Museum/San Antonio, Texas (catalogue)
1987 & 1986 William Campbell Contemporary Art/Fort Worth, Texas
1985 Brown-Lupton Gallery, Texas Christian University/Fort Worth, Texas (catalogue)
1983 Graham Gallery/Houston, Texas
1980 Main Gallery, San Antonio Art Institute/San Antonio, Texas
1977 Triton Museum/Santa Clara, California

Invitational & Competitive Exhibitions
2016 34th Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Abilene Curatorial Affairs, Abilene, TX, 2015-2018
2016 “ImperiaArte”, International Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Biblioteca Ligorio,
Liguria, Italy, October
2015 Outdoor Sculpture, Highland Park Museum, Highland Park, IL
2014 A Panoramic View/Lawndale Art Center
Due South/Galeria 409/Brownsville, Texas
2013 Gremillion Company and Fine Art, Inc/Dallas, Texas
In Depth/Art Car Museum/Houston, Texas
2012 Chicago Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition/Lincoln Park/Chicago/2012-2013
2011 Solid Substance/G Gallery/Houston, Texas
2010 Art in the Garden: Texas Uprising/San Antonio Botanical Garden/San Antonio, Texas
2009 Art on the Green/Kemp Center/Wichita Falls, Texas
Peoples Gallery/ City Hall/Austin, Texas
2008 Hunting Art Prize Exhibition/Design Center/Houston, Texas
El Paso Sculpture Invitational/Palm Desert, California
2007 A Way with Words/Galveston Art Center/Galveston, Texas
McNeese National Works on Paper/McNeese State University/Lake Charles, Louisiana
2006 FAT (Fusion of Art & Technology)/Conley Gallery/California State University/Fresno, California
Signals From/About Central Europe II/Central European Cultural Institute/Budapest, Hungary
Group Invitational, Budapest Artist Residency/Keki Gallery/Budapest, Hungary
2005 Blue Star 20/Blue Star Contemporary Art Center/San Antonio, Texas
Three Dimensions/William Havu Gallery/Denver, Colorado
2004 Encounters/Midwestern State University/Wichita Falls, Texas
Texas Uprising: Indoor and Outdoor Sculpture/Blue Star Art Space/San Antonio, Texas
2003 Texas Outside the Lines/Kipp Gallery/University of Pennsylvania @ Indiana/Indiana, PA
43rd Annual Artist Invitational/Longview Museum of Fine Arts/Longview, Texas
2002 Blue Star 17: Between Past and Future/Blue Star Art Space/San Antonio, Texas
Icons of Our Time/William Havu Gallery/Denver, Colorado
Mutamentum/Galleria via Larga/Florence
2001 Made in Texas/The Art Center/Waco, Texas
Reality & Imagination/William Havu Gallery/Denver, Colorado
A Celebration of Collaboration/College of Liberal Arts/University of Texas at Austin
Selections: Work From the ISC Board/Grounds for Sculpture/Hamilton, New Jersey
2000 Forum Internacional de Escultura Ambiental Codema 2000/Port Avenue, Havana, Cuba
Drawing the Line/Ravel Fine Art/Austin, Texas (with Helena de la Fontaine)
1999 ISC Collection II/Wood Street Gallery/Chicago
1998 Texas Roots/Denton Art Museum/Denton, Texas
1977 Pier Walk ‘97/Old Navy Pier/Chicago
1996 Fall/Spring Exhibition/Grounds for Sculpture/Hamilton, New Jersey
1995 North American Sculpture/Foothills Art Center/Golden, Colorado
The Figure/Grounds for Sculpture/Hamilton, New Jersey
1994 Daly and Farr/Martin-Rathburn Gallery/San Antonio, Texas
Putting it on Paper: Contemporary Graphics/McNay Art Museum/San Antonio, Texas
Ironworks: Directions in Contemporary Cast Iron Sculpture/Ramapo College Art Galleries/
Mahwah, New Jersey
1993 Daly and Beasley/Hooks-Epstein Galleries/Houston, Texas
Drawing of Sculpture: Karin Broker and Stephen Daly/Galveston Art Center/Galveston, Texas
Abilene 12th Annual Sculpture Exhibition/Abilene Museum/Abilene, Texas
Personal Attachment: The Art of Collage and Assemblage/Hooks-Epstein Galleries/
Houston, Texas
1992 Deland National/Deland Museum/Deland, Florida
Annual Faculty Exhibition/Huntington Gallery/University of Texas @ Austin, Texas
The Chair/Mill Street Gallery/Aspen, Colorado
1991 Shadow Images/Hooks-Epstein Galleries/Houston, Texas
On Line: Drawings by Texas Artist/Amarillo Art Center/Amarillo, Texas
Blue Star Loft Exhibition/Blue Star Art Space/San Antonio,Texas
Matter/Mind/Fermilab National Acceleration Facility/Batavia, Illinois
1990 Group Exhibition/William Campbell Contemporary Art/Fort Worth, Texas
The Human Image/Center for the Arts/Corpus Christi State University/Corpus Christi, Texas
1989 Another Reality/Hooks-Epstein Galleries/Houston, Texas
A Century of Sculpture in Texas/Huntington Gallery/University of Austin/Austin, Texas
1988 Drawing Conclusions/University Gallery/Southwest Texas State University/San Marcos, Texas
Centennial Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition/Nebraska Wesleyan University/Lincoln, Nebraska
Pumping Art/Anderson & Anderson Gallery/Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Art of Cast Iron/Visual Arts Gallery/University of Alabama/Birmingham, Alabama
The McNay and the Texas Artists/McNay Art Museum/San Antonio, Texas
1987 Third Coast Review: A Look at Texas Art/Aspen Art Museum/Aspen, Colorado
1986 A Question of Scale/Missoula Museum of the Arts/Missoula, Montana
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