Sam Tubiolo is a visual artist and arts educator whose primary art forms include ceramic murals, public art and sculpture. His work revolves around themes of landscape, human presence, passage of time, and sense of place. Upstate New York, Colorado, New Mexico and California have all been home, where his professions ranged from potter to archaeological illustrator, sculptor and muralist to public artist and teacher. He has taught ceramics as well as papermaking, printmaking, drawing and painting at many different levels, including universities, community colleges, neighborhood art workshops, public schools, centers for developmentally disabled, and correctional facilities. Mr. Tubiolo has worked as an Artist/Educator with The California Arts Project (TCAP) and as an Artist-in-Residence with the California Arts Council and the New Mexico Arts Division. Art in Public Places programs in New Mexico and California feature a number of his works. Mr. Tubiolo holds a BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology, an MA and MFA from the University of New Mexico, and a Secondary Teaching Credential (Art) from San Francisco State University. He currently teaches at American River College in Sacramento, CA and Sierra College in Rocklin, CA.
I am intrigued by the topographic and design contrasts presented by rugged terrain, valleys, rivers, wilderness, urban architecture, and human habitation. I reference these environments through tactile ceramic processes. The thematic focus revolves around how these settings relate to human presence, passage of time, and sense of place.