About Stephen Daly


Stephen Daly

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.

That 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 at 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. We currently live 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

  • 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
  • American Academy in Rome, Rome, Italy 1973-75
  • Travel Grant/Austin Community Foundation for participation in the CODEMA Symposium, Havana, Cuba
  • Grace Hill Milam Centennial Fellowship in the Arts/College of Fine Arts/University of Texas at Austin
  • Foxworth Centennial Fellowship/College of Fine Arts/Univ. of Texas at Austin
  • Louis Comfort Tiffany Award in Sculpture/Tiffany Foundation/New York, New York
  • Prix de Rome (in sculpture)/American Academy in Rome, Italy
  • Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, Marquis Who’s Who, New Jersey/2017
  • Who’s Who in American Art/Jaques Cattell Press/New York, New York/1982 to 2016
  • Who’s Who in American Art/62nd Edition/Marquis’ Who’s Who/New

2019 "Mixed Bag"/Dock Gallery, Arts District, San Antonio, Texas

2019 "Daly 2/D"/William Campbell Contemporary Art, Fort Worth, Texas

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

2002 “Between Drawing and Sculpture”/La Universidad Politecnica de Valencia/Spain(retrospective/catalogue)

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: Texas Sculpture Group (TSG), Lawndale Art Center, /Houston, Texas

2013 In Depth/Art Car Museum (TSG & Texas Biennial)/Houston, Texas

2012 Chicago Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition/City of Chicago/Lincoln Park/Chicago/2012-2013

2011 SNTX 2011Sculpture Exhibit/Meadows Gallery, University of Texas/Tyler, TX

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

2009 Peoples Gallery, piece on loan to City Hall, 2009-2010, Austin City Hall/Austin, Texas

2008 El Paso Sculpture Invitational/Palm Desert, California

2007 A Way with Words/Galveston Art Center, Galveston, Texas

2007 McNeese National Works on Paper Exhibition/Abercrombie Gallery/McNeese State University, Lake Charles, Louisiana

2006 FAT (Fusion of Art & Technology)/Conley Gallery/California State University/Fresno, California

2006 Signals From/About Central Europe II/Central European Cultural Institute/Budapest, Hungary

2004 Texas Uprising: Indoor and Outdoor Sculpture/Blue Star Art Space/San Antonio, Texas

2004 A Moment in the Making/Creative Research Laboratory/University of Texas at Austin

2003 Texas Outside the Lines/Kipp Gallery/University of Pennsylvania @ PA

2003 43rd Annual Artist Invitational/Longview Museum of Fine Arts/Texas

2002 Blue Star 17: Between Past and Future/Blue Star Art Space/San Antonio, Texas

2002 Icons of Our Time/William Havu Gallery/Denver, Colorado (with Bethany Kreigsman and Mary Walker)

2002 Mutamentum/Galleria via Larga/Florence, Italy (traveled internationally/catalogue)

2001 Made in Texas/The Art Center/Waco, Texas

2001 Reality & Imagination/William Havu Gallery/Denver, Colorado

2001 Selections: Work From the ISC Board/Grounds for Sculpture/Hamilton, New Jersey

2000 Forum Internacional de Escultura Ambiental Codema 2000/Port Avenue, Havana, Cuba (public art project for 16 international sculptors)

2008 Hunting Art Prize Exhibition/Decorative Center/Houston, Texas

1995 North American Sculpture/Foothills Art Center, Peter Shelton, Juror/Golden, Colorado

1992 Deland National/Deland Museum/Deland, Florida

1986 A Question of Scale/Missoula Museum of the Arts/Missoula, Montana

1984 2-D/University of Texas/El Paso, Texas

1984 Amarillo Competition/Art Center/Amarillo, Texas

1983 AMST II/Art Museum of South Texas/Corpus Christi, Texas

1983 Works on Paper/Southwest Texas State University/San Marcos, Texas

1982 The Lawndale Competition/University of Houston/Houston, Texas

2004 Midwestern University/Department of Art/Wichita Falls, Texas

2004 Texas Sculpture Symposium/Texas Tech University/Lubbock, Texas

1995 University of New Mexico/Department of Art/Albuquerque, New Mexico

1992 University of Oklahoma/School of Art/Norman, Oklahoma

1989 University of Washington/Sculpture Department/Seattle, Washington

1985 Southern Illinois University/Carbondale, Illinois

1985 Texas Christian University/Department of Art/Fort Worth, Texas

1984 Tulane University/Newcomb, College/New Orleans, Louisiana

1984 University of Ohio/School of Art/Athens, Ohio

1983 University of Hawaii at Manoa/Honolulu, Hawaii

2020 Circle Quarterly Art Review Magazine/ 5th Issue/Lyon, France.

2017 CAST, by Jen Townsend and Renee Zettle-Sterling, ISBN # 798-0-7643-5338-3, Shiffer Publishing (PA), pls 63 &129

2008 Chair: The Texas chair project by Damian Priour/page 28/Austin Museum of Art, Austin, TX

2008 Pouring metal in the South Bay: The 1960s California Artist-Foundry Movement/Dave Hampton/80 pages, color

2002 Retrospectiva de Stephen Daly: Entre el Dibujo y la Encultura (Stephen Daly Retrospective:Between Drawing and Sculpture)/80-page color, bilingual (Spanish and English)catalogue accompanying retrospective/includes essay by Marina Pastor/ISBN #84-9705-184-X

2002 Mutamentum/Galleria via Larga/Florence, Italy/ISBN 88-85698-89-1/(exhibition traveled internationally)

1997 Pier Walk ‘97/3-D Chicago, Illinois

1990 A Century of Sculpture in Texas 1889-1985, P. Hendricks, B.D. Reese, Archer M Huntington Art Gallery, Univ. of Texas, Austin., TX

1989 Another Reality/Thomas McEvilley/pages 20, 92/Surpik Angelini and Bert Long, Curators/ Hooks-Epstein Galleries/Houston,Texas

1989 Stephen Daly/Susie Kalil/ 24-page color exhibition catalogue/ISBN 0-916677-14-1, Library of Congress Catalogue #88-043281/Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum/San Antonio, Texas

1989 Third Coast Review: A Look at Texas Art, Annette Carlozzi, Curator/Aspen Art Museum/Aspen, Colorado

American Academy in Rome/Rome, Italy

Arkansas Art Center/Little Rock, Arkansas

Aquinas Newman Center/Albuquerque, New Mexico

City of Havana/Havana, Cuba

Cox, Smith, Matthew Inc., Attorneys at Law/San Antonio, Texas

HALL Arts, “Texas Sculpture Walk”, arts district, Dallas, Texas

Hungarian Multicultural Center/Dallas, Texas

Institute of Economic Studies/Stockholm, Sweden

Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin

La Universidad Politecnica de Valencia/Valencia, Spain

Main Library, University of Texas/El Paso, Texas

Museum of Texas Tech/Lubbock, Texas

Southwestern Bell/Dallas, Texas

The Bank of San Antonio/San Antonio, Texas

The Sheinbaum Foundation/New York, New York

"Abstract"/ Grey Cube Gallery (online), France.,

2019 "The Human Figure"/ Bauhaus Prairie Gallery/Norman,Oklahoma

2018 "Contemporary Venice/ITS LIQUID GROUP/The Room, Large San Marco/ Venice, Italy

2018 "The Body Language", ITS LIQUID GROUP",The Room, Large San Marco/ Venice, Italy

2016 "Re-Visions", Wm. Havu Gallery, Denver, C Colorado, 2016 "34th Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition", Abilene Curatorial Affairs, Abilene, Texas (2015-2018)

2016 "ImperiaArte", International Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Biblioteca Ligorio, Liguria, Italy


American Academy in Rome/Rome, Italy

Arkansas Art Center/Little Rock, Arkansas

Art Center/Jackson, Mississippi

Aquinas Newman Center/Albuquerque, New Mexico

City of Havana/Havana, Cuba*

Cox, Smith, Matthew Inc., Attorneys at Law/San Antonio, Texas

Department of Architecture and Environmental Design, Texas A&M University/

College Station, Texas

Fidelity Investments/Westlake, Texas

First Western Trust Bank/Denver, Colorado

Hungarian Multicultural Center/Dallas, Texas

Institute of Economic Studies/Stockholm, Sweden

Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas/Austin, Texas

La Universidad Politecnica de Valencia/Valencia, Spain*

Main Library, Univeristy of Texas/El Paso, Texas*

Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum/San Antonio, Texas

Museum of Texas Tech/Lubbock, Texas

Nextel Corporation/Dallas, Texas

Oakland Art Museum/Oakland, California

Rhone-Povlenc Rorer, Inc., World Headquarters/Collegeville, Pennsylvania

Santa Chiara Study Center/Florentino (Arezzo), Italy

Shasta College/Redding, California*

Southwestern Bell/Dallas, Texas

The Bank of San Antonio/San Antonio, Texas

The Sheinbaum Foundation/New York, New York

Triton Museum/Santa Clara, California

Western Washington State College/Bellingham, Washington

William Campbell Contemporary Art/Fort Worth, Texas

(* Denotes public art or project completed for the public realm)

A. Lindbeck, Institute of International Economics Studies/Stockholm, Sweden

Ace Torre/New Orleans, Louisiana

Alfons Sutter/Hudson, New York

Anne Hawkin/Austin, Texas

 Arthur Rock/San Francisco, California

Bill Lincoln/Fort Worth, Texas

Bobette and Johnny Grant/Fort Worth, Texas

Bobbie Jones/Laguna Beach, California

Carl and Mary Brockman/Austin, Texas

Carl Seigle/Boca Raton, Florida

Carmen Molina Vazquez/Valencia, Spain

Carol Wolf/Denver, Colorado

Chandra and Tony Petelin/Scottsdale, Arizona

Charles and Hermalinda Roekle/Austin, Texas

Chris and Gloria Erck/San Antonio, Texas  

Dana Ravel/Austin, Texas

Daniel Jacobs/Palm Desert, California

Dave Hampton/ San Diego, California

Dave and Ann Deming/Cleveland, Ohio

E.W. Long/Houston, Texas

Mr. and Mrs. Espey/Houston,Texas

Fred Erck /San Antonio, Texas

George Hoover/Denver, Colorado

George Parrino/Chappaque, New York  

George and Sally Muellich/San Antonio, Texas

Gerhard and Annette Koeppel/Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Hallie Ferguson/Austin, Texas

Henry Latt/Chicago, Illinois

Jerome Falk-Howard, Rice, Canady and Falk/San Francisco, California

Ignacio Bianco Lopez/Valencia, Spain

Irene Williams/San Diego, California

J. Ann Casulo/New York, New York

Jeff Moore and Karen Rimer/Denver, Colorado

Jerome Fox/San Francisco, California

Jill and Bob Cardilleno/San Antonio, Texas

Jill Giles/San Antonio, Texas

Jo Ann Cosulo/New York, New York

John Broude and Judy Rosenblum/Fort Worth, Texas

Joe and Marguerite Cordell/San Diego, California

Joe Girtner/Linwood, California

John Mac and Gregor Fox/Littleton, Colorado

John and Suzy Garner/College Station, Texas

Kathleen Jensen/New York, New York

Laurence Miller/Austin, Texas 

Lewis and Tinka Tarver/San Antonio, Texas

Lorraine Shirkus/San Antonio, Texas

Marina Pastor/Valencia, Spain

Mark Johnson and Ann Mullen/Denver, Colorado

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Marks/Houston/Texas

Matthew Gold/Denver, Colorado

Mau Monleon Pradas/Valencia, Spain

Michael Klein/Midland, Texas

Michelle Guyod/Houston, Texas

Neus Clement Irles/Valencia, Spain

Norman Somberg/Hillsborough, California

Mr. & Mrs. Oldmixon/San Antonio, TX

Paolo and Sharon Barucchieri/Castiglion Fiorentino (Arezzo), Italy

Pablo Sedeño Pathios/Valencia, Spain

Pam and Bill Campbell/Fort Worth, Texas

Peter and Turkey Stremmel/Reno, Nevada

Richard Thompson and Kimberly Contreras/Dayton, Oregon

Robert Strini/Scottsville, Virginia

Ron Bracewell, Stanford University/Stanford, California

Sarah Janosik /Austin, Texas

Sharon Berryman/Houston, Texas

Sharon, Daly/Austin/Texas

Stan and Betty Sheinbaum/Los Angeles, California

Stapleton Family/Denver, Colorado

Sutter, Alfonso/Hudson, New York

Tracey Conwell /Houston, Texas

Walker Stapleton/Denver, Colorado

Wendell Castle and Nancy Jurs/Scottsdale, New York

Zigrid and John Knudsen/Austin, Texas