About the artist
Photograph by Scott David Gordon
Sandra C. Fernández was born in Queens, New York and spent her formative years in Quito, Ecuador. She returned to the United States and received a Master of Arts and a Master of Fine Arts degrees in Photography, Printmaking and Book Arts from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She has taught for 23 years at various Universities in the United States including Illinois State University; State University of New York at Buffalo; Illinois Wesleyan University; University of Texas at Austin; Monmouth University in New Jersey; Hunter College in NY, courses in Photography, Printmaking, Artist’s Books, 2D and 3D Foundations, Drawing and Art Appreciation. She has been the director the Printmaking Center of New Jersey, the director of the Guest Artist in Printmaking Program at the University of Texas in Austin, and the director of Wesleyan University's Gallery in Bloomington, Illinois. She is also the Director/Owner of sfernandez Press & Taller where she maintains an active studio practice.
Her photographs, prints, artist’s books, assemblages and installations have been widely exhibited and collected in numerous cities in the US and abroad. Fernandez’s works are represented in collections such as the Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Artist Printmaker Research Collection at the Museum of Texas Tech University in Lubbock TX, The San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA), Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin Texas, The Museo de la Casa de la Cultura in Quito Ecuador, the Martin Museum of Art at Baylor University, La Salle University Art Museum in Philadelphia, The Art Museum of South Texas, The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American collection, the Biblioteque Nationale in Paris, the Kohler Art Library, the South Bend Museum of Art in Indiana, and the Gilberto Cardenas collection of Latino Art to name a few.
Her most recent solo shows include "Traces" at O’Sullivan Art Gallery at Regis University, Denver Colorado; “Crossing/Mojándose”, at the Doug Adams Gallery, in Berkeley CA; “Integrations” at the Gallery Arte Giappone in Milan, Italy; 1991-2014: A Través del Tiempo (Traveling Through time), a Retrospective of Sandra C. Fernandez’s works on Paper at The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC), Austin, TX ; “En Búsqueda de Nuevos Lenguajes en Tierras por Conocer” at Galería de La Antigua Estación del Ferrocarril in Querétaro, Mexico; “Remembering the Undocumented across the Río Grande” at Crossroads Gallery in the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN; “On Migrations, Dreams and Dreamers” at the Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center Galleries at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY; “Works by Sandra C. Fernandez” at the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Center (LACS), Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, NY; “Life Lines”at the Courtyard Gallery in Austin TX; “Desarraigos y Regresos 1987-2008” at the Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana in Quito-Ecuador.
Fernandez has also had over 250 collective invitational and juried exhibitions. She has received numerous awards and her work has been reviewed extensively in journals, catalogues and books throughout the US and abroad. Her work is represented in many prestigious public and private institutions and collected by individuals all over the world.