Garr Ugalde                



Garr Ugalde is a sculptor who has lived and worked in the Sacramento area since 1993.  Originally born in Hawaii he grew up primarily in Omaha, Nebraska. He studied abroad in the mid-nineteen seventies in Caracas, Venezuela. He attended art school at the University of Nebraska at Omaha before moving to California in 1979 to attend San Jose State University where he studied printmaking and sculpture. Upon graduation he lived in San Francisco and Oakland before moving to the Central Valley. Since coming to the Sacramento region he has set up a sculpture studio and has been actively involved in the arts community for nearly twenty years.  A one-time member of the Arts in Public Places Committee he has been involved in selecting some of the most prominent artworks in the city.  He also has completed several public commissions throughout the city and the region. He has been exhibiting widely throughout the Sacramento Valley and has shows scheduled for Santa Fe, NM, Portland, OR and San Francisco, CA

In 2008 he began the “Art2 (Art Squared)” video project with fellow artist Christine Hodgins as a way of documenting and spotlighting artists in the Sacramento and Northern California region.  He is currently working on a series of artworks in bronze, ceramic and mixed media for upcoming gallery exhibits and site projects.


Honolulu, HA, 1959


San Jose State University, San Jose, CA – Bachelor of Arts Degree, 1983

University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NE, 1977-1979

Creighton University, Omaha, NE, 1977-1978


Sculptor, 1993-Present

Working in the mediums of bronze, ceramic and plaster sculpture artworks, limited editions and site-specific public art.

Producer/Director, 2008-Present

Created “ART2” (art squared), a video series currently in production profiling California west coast and central valley regional artists.  Each episode includes profiles and a conversation between two artists.

Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, Sacramento, CA, 1999-2001

Art in Public Places committee member, served to select public artworks for new development sites throughout the Greater Sacramento region.

Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento, CA, 2000-2001

Board member serving to select artists for exhibitions, as well as, curating  “Arte Cubano”, selected works from Robert Freimark’s art collection of contemporary Cuban artists in 2001.


      Three Graces, cast bronze, 2009

      English Elm Tree Historical Timeline, cast bronze, 2005

      William Bean Memorial, cast bronze and granite, 2003

      B.T. Collins Federal Army Reserve, cast bronze and marble, 2000

      Dos Coyotes Border Café, (3) cast bronze figures, 2000

      North Laguna Creek Park, (4) cast cement coyotes, 1995

      California Veteran’s Memorial Site Marker, cast bronze and marble, 1993


      “Flatlanders on the Slant” Richard L. Nelson Gallery, UC Davis, Davis, CA, 2012


      “Navigatio”, Site Project, The Temp Gallery, Sacramento, CA, 2012

      “War Stories”, American River College, Kaneko Gallery, Sacramento, CA, 2012

      “ Human Voice”, Sacramento Art Complex, Sacramento, CA, 2012

      “Nudes”, Milk Gallery, Sacramento, CA, 2012

      “Works on Paper”, Solomon-Dubnick, Sacramento, CA, 2011

      “Drawings and Sculpture”, Art Foundry Gallery, Sacramento, CA, 2011

      “Bronze”, Art Foundry Gallery, Sacramento, CA, 2010         

      Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento, CA, 2010

      “Pop Prints”, SD 25 Gallery, Sacramento, CA, 2009

      “Fire to Figura”, SD 25 Gallery, Sacramento, CA, 2009

      “The Animal Within”, Solomon-Dubnick, Sacramento, CA, 2009

      “Artist’s Studio”, Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento, CA, 2009

      Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE, 2007

      4th Avenue Lofts Gallery, Sacramento, CA, 2007

      “Art of the Bicycle”, The Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA, 2006

      Soke Fine Art, Denver, CO, 2006

      “Protesting Bush’s War”, Translations Gallery, Denver, CO, 2006

      Stewart-Kummer Gallery, Gualala, CA, 2006

      Exploding Head Gallery, Sacramento, CA, 2005

      “Portrait of My Father”, Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento, CA, 2003

      Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento, CA, 2002

      Sunbird Gallery, Los Altos, CA, 1990

      San Jose Watercolor Society, San Jose, CA 1984


      “Christine’s Ordinary/Extraordinary Day or Garr’s Dream” 1616 Magazine, May 2012

      “City Junk Becomes a Cautionary Artistic Vision”, Sacramento Bee, Jan. 2012

      “Art Pick of the Week”, Sacramento Bee, Jan. 2012

      “Season of Love”,, Feb. 2010

      “Trees of History”, Sacramento Bee, Aug. 2004

      “Arte Cubano”, Sacramento Bee, May 2001