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Birthplace
Los Angeles, California

Birth year
1943

Lives in
Santa Monica, California

Works in
Santa Monica, California

Website

Statement

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1943 Born, Los Angeles, California
1965-67 Chouinard Art Institute, California Institute for the Arts, Los Angeles, California. Studies with Frederick Hammersly and Jules Langsner
1967 Establishes studio on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Travels in England, France and Holland
1968 Travels in Mexico
1969-1976 Lives and works in Topanga, California
1972-1974 B.A., California State University, Northridge, studies with Peter Plagens
1974-76 M.F.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, studies with Jack Tworkov
1976-1993 Lives and works in Santa Barbara, California
1977 Instructor, Oxnard College, Oxnard, California
1979 Visiting Artist, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
1979-80 Board of Directors, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, California
1981 Co-organizes The Actual Symposium: Change and Persistence in Creativity and Culture, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Santa Barbara, California
1981 Special Project Grants, California Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts
1982 Board of Directors, WAVES, Music of the Present Day
1983 Travels in Italy
1985 Receives major commission from Skirball Cultural Center Museum, Los Angeles
1989 Travels in Switzerland, France, Belgium, Holland
1993 Travels in Greece and Israel
1994-present Lives and works in Santa Monica, California
1998-99 Artist Fellowship, California Arts Council
1999 Travels in Australia
2001 Artists-in-Residence, Virginia Center for the Arts
2003 Durfee Foundation Grant
Travels in Finland, Lithuania, Russia
2006 Artist-in-Residence, Awagami Paper Factory, Yamakawa, Japan
Travels in Mexico

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

2008
SAM ERENBERG: Small Works and Short Films, @Space Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA

2007
Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2004
Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2003
Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2001
The Complete Works of Roland Barthes, Reference Reading Room, Beverly Hills Public Library. Six Degrees: Art in the Libraries, Beverly Hills, CA

2000
Nora Eccles Harrison Museum, Utah State University, Logan, UT (two-person)
American Outpost, The Living Room, Santa Monica, CA

1999
The Complete Works of Roland Barthes, Sandroni Rey Gallery, Venice, CA

1996
SKY-WORLD, The Millennium Project, Little Cataraqui Reserve, Kingston Ontario, Canada

1994
Fragments and Notations, Platt Gallery, University of Judaism, Los Angeles, CA, (two-person)
domestic setting, Los Angeles, CA

1990
Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago, IL

1989
Toni Gerber Galerie, Bern, Switzerland
PLANETSpocketpaintings, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA

1986
Drawings, Stella Polaris Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1985
tabernacle, Skirball Cultural Center Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Stella Polaris Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (two-person),

1984
Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA

1981
Byron Weber Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1979
Twelve Symbols, Gallery of Fine Arts, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH (two-person)

1978
Maxwell's Law, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA

1977
The Painter's Dream, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA

1975
University Art Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA

1972
Talisman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1971
Mary Jane Bloom Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1970
Ecoscapes, Santa Barbara Medical Foundation, Santa Barbara, CA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

2009
Solstice Salon: Psychedelic Shorts, Los Angeles, Ca. Organized by John Wyatt
The Berkus Collection, Allan Hancock College, Santa Martia, CA
The L.A. Story, Platt Gallery, American Jewish University, Los Angeles, CA
4th of July: One Week Only, Jancar Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Fast Forward 2009: Selections from Berkus Family Collection, Channing Peake Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
Book as Sculpture, Brandstater Gallery, La Sierra University, Riverside, CA


2008
Juxtaposed, Pharmaka, Los Angeles, CA
Emphasis Santa Monica, Barrett Gallery, Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, CA
Flatland, @Space Contemporary Fine Art, Santa Ana, CA
About Abstraction, Guggenheim Gallery, Chapman University, Orange, CA
Your Documents, Please, Museum of Arts and Crafts, Itami, Japan, ZAIM, Yokohama, Japan, 2B Galeria, Budapest, Hungary, Galerie Kurt im Hirsch, Berlin, Germany, Galeria Z, Bratislava, Slovakia, Galeria Anjolote Arte Contemporaneo, Guadalajara, Mexico
Conventions and Attitudes: Exchange Rate, Remy's on Temple, Los Angeles, CA


2007
A View Within: Selections from the Permanent Collection of the Frederick R. Weisman
Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA
Barry Berkus and Family Collection, University Art Gallery, Cal Poly, SLO, San Luis Obispo. CA
The L.A. Story, Hebrew Union College Museum, Jewish Institute of Religion, New York
The Eclectic World of Gad, L2Kontemporary, Los Angeles, CA
Artful Dwellings: Sukkot at the Skirball, Skirball Cultural Center Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Monochrome Painting: Some Versions from Ad Reinhardt to Present, CardwellJimmerson Contemporary Art, Culver City, CA
Abstract Paintings, Jancar Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Rabbit + House, Leipzig Book Fair, Leipzig, Germany
W.O.P., Brewery Project, Los Angeles, CA
The Book of Lies, 18th St. Art Complex, Santa Monica, CA
Artists of Southern California, Ontario Airport, Ontario, CA

2006
Driven to Abstraction: Southern California and the Non-Objective World, 1950-1980, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA (catalog)
Gallery Artists: New Paintings, Carol Craven Gallery, Vineyard Haven, MA
Barry Berkus and Family Collection: Inaugural Exhibition, Channing Peake Gallery, County Administration Building, Santa Barbara, CA (catalog)
Rabbit + House, Fourth International Triennial of Artists' Books Vilnius Galerie Arka, Vilnius, Lithuania (catalog)
The Biblioteca Alexandrina Second International Biennale for the Artists Books, Alexandria, Egypt. Traveled to The Arts Complex, Cairo (catalog)
4th International Artists' Book Exhibition 2006, King St. Stephens Museum, Szekesfehervar, Hungary (catalog)

2005
Book of Lies III, Srecna Galerija, Belgrade, Yugoslavia
Some Artists Consider Books, Paul Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Sharjah Art Museum, United Arab Emirates
Too Jewish Not Jewish Enough, Bell Family Art Gallery at Jewish Federation, Los Angeles, CA. Traveled to Gotthelf Gallery at San Diego Center for Jewish Culture, San Diego, CA

2004
Sawtelle: The Sequel. Organized by Bill Radawec. The Beaker Gallery, Tampa, FL
Small Works, Project, Wichita, KS

2003
Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
23 Sins, Third International Triennial of Artist's Books Vilnius 2003, Contemporary Arts Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania
Tinsletown, domestic setting, Los Angeles, CA

2002
Reactions, Exit Art, New York. Traveled to Williamson Gallery, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA

2001
Farbiges Weiss, Galerie Kemper, Munich, Germany
Chouinard: A Living Legacy, Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, CA

2000
Portrait of the Collector as a Swiss Banker, Museé des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland (catalog)
Jewish Artists: On the Edge, College of Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM. Traveled to Yeshiva University Museum, New York
The Changing Face of Portraiture, Guggenheim Gallery, Chapman University, Orange, CA (catalog)
Sixth Wexford Artists' Book Exhibition, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford, Ireland

1999
SO CALled Books: Diversity in Artists' Books from Southern California, San Francisco Center for the Book, San Francisco, CA. Traveled to The Center for Book Arts, New York, Merrill Library, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles
Projektleitung Susret- Art, Tuchmacher-Museum, Bramsche, Germany. Traveled to Galerie im Valblu, Bludenz, Austria; Kulturhaus Linz, Linz, Austria
Projections: intermission images, Laemmle Grande Fourplex Theater, Los Angeles (organized by Side St. Projects, Los Angeles)

1998
Fin de Siecle, Terrain, San Francisco, CA
El Arte de Los Libros de Artista, Instituto de Artes Graficas de Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico, Biblioteca Mexico, Mexico City
Significant Others: Artists Collect, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA
Boundless: Liberating the Book Form, San Francisco Center for the Book, San Francisco, CA
Journeys to Freedom: Exodus and Israel, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA

1997
118W/34N, Kulturzentrum bei den Minoriten, Graz, Austria
In Search of the Absolute: from Geometric Abstraction to Minimalism, Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, The University of Nebraska, Lincoln,
Temporary Quarters: Artists Build for Shelter and Celebration, Skirball Cultural Center Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Drawing, Gallery LASCA, Los Angeles, CA
L.A. Slide, The Living Room, Santa Monica, CA
Twentieth Century Art from the Museum's Collection, Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, CA
domestic setting, POST, Los Angeles, CA
The Jewish Museum of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
The Drawing Show, Artworks/Bookworks, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA

1996
Copy Book Art, Galerie Merz, Linz, Austria
Acquiring Minds: Contemporary Art in Santa Barbara Collections, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA
Die Sammlung Toni Gerber, Museum of Fine Arts, Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Switzerland
Second Wexford Artists' Book Festival, Wexford Art Centre, Wexford, Ireland
Detours'96, Side Street Project, Santa Monica, CA
Books in the Living Room, The Living Room, Santa Monica, CA
The Open Book, Cal Poly Pomona College, Pomona, CA

1995
A, Working Title, E-Space, Santa Monica, CA
First Wexford Artists' Book Festival, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford, Ireland
A Vital Matrix, domestic setting, Los Angeles, CA
Eco-Nation: Patriots of the Earth, Bedford Art Gallery, Regional Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA
Books in Form, Ormond Museum, Ormond Beach, FL (traveled)
December 20, Richard Heller Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA
Light Interpretations: A Hanukah Menorah Invitational, The Jewish Museum of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

1994
sawtelle, domestic setting, Los Angeles, CA
Recent Acquisitions in Contemporary Art, University Art Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara

1993
Dark Star: Painting the Color of Television Tuned to a Dead Channel, Terrain, San Francisco, CA
The Project Box, domestic setting, Los Angeles, CA
Just a White Show, 1529 Wellesley, Los Angeles, CA
Shaped Structures: Bookworks in Form, Palos Verdes Art Center, Palos Verdes, CA
citycircus, a collaborative project for "holyrolyover", John Cage Retrospective, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA, Skirball Museum, Los Angeles, CA

1992
Breaking Barriers: Revisualizing the Urban Landscape, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA
Recent Acquisitions, University Art Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara
Dreams and Shields: Spiritual Dimensions in Contemporary Art, The Salt Lake Art Center, Salt Lake City, UT
Centro Arte di Milano, Milan, Italy
A.K. Space, Kassel, Germany
Recent Acquisitions, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA

1991
P3 Alternative Museum, Tokyo, Japan, traveled to Le Parc Sendai, Sendai City, Japan
Omnia Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam, The Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, CA
The Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA
Salle du Vieux-Colombier de la Marie, Paris, France
Boundless Vision, San Antonio Art Institute, San Antonio, Texas (traveled)

1990
Systems, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
A.M.D.G., Terrain, San Francisco, CA
Crosscurrents: Bookworks from the Edge of the Pacific, College of Creative Studies Gallery, University of California, Santa Barbara. Traveled to California State University, Hayward; Selby Gallery, Ringling School of Art and Design, Sarasota, Fl

1989
Competition Diomede, The Clocktower, New York
Window on AIDS, Outdoor Installation, Santa Barbara, CA

1988
Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, CA

1987
Rigor, John Good Gallery, New York
Craig Cornelius Gallery, New York
Piezo Electric, Venice, CA
Space Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Gwydion Gallery, La Jolla, CA

1986
Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
James Risser Gallery, Pasadena, CA

1985
Recent Acquisitions, Franklin Furnace, New York
To the Astonishing Horizon: New Approaches to Landscape in Southern California, Los Angeles Design Center, Los Angeles, CA

1984
The Day the Earth Stood Still, Artwatch, project sponsored by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
California Book Art: The Last Five Years, Otis Gallery, Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, CA

1983
Of This Time, Of That Place, Open Space Gallery, Victoria, B.C., Canada
The Black on Black Show, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, 1982
Modernism, San Francisco, CA
The Death of Fred Hendricks, performance, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Santa Barbara, CA
Los Angeles Urban Renewal: 1982-1965, The American Dream: Mediated LACE, Los Angeles, CA

1981
Space and Light, Lonny Gans & Associates, Venice, CA Ruth S. Schaffner Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

1980
Selections from the Ruth S. Schaffner Gallery, Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, CA

1979
To Cause Visions to Appear in the Form of Giants, West Hubbard Gallery, Chicago, IL
Richard Dunlap, Sam Erenberg, Wolfgang Stoerchle, Wright State University, Dayton, OH

1978
The Collective, Lonny Gans & Associates, Los Angeles, CA
Sam Erenberg and Karl Petrunak, Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Difficult Decisions, Antioch College, Yellow Springs, OH; Tweed Museum, Duluth, MN
Artworks and Bookworks, Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art; Artist's Space, New York, Herron School of Art, Indianapolis, IN; New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA; Center for Contemporary Art, Brisbane, Australia

1976
Proposals and Documents, Center Gallery, University of California, Santa Barbara

1975
Er-Ro-By, Gerard John Hayes Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Three for Icarus, performance, Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Ellie Blankfort Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Five Questions, California State University, Chico


SELECTED TEACHING, VISITING POSITIONS, LECTURES, SYMPOSIA, GRANTS, AWARDS:

2009
City of Los Angeles (COLA) Fellowship

2006
Artist in Residence, Awagami Paper Factory, Tokushima, Japan

2005
Jewish Artists: Complex Identities, round table discussion, Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles

2004
Too Jewish, Not Jewish Enough, Moderator, panel discussion, The Jewish Federation of Los Angeles

2003
Durfee Foundation, Artist Completion Grant

2001
Awarded Fellowship, Virginia Center for the Arts, Sweet Briar, VA

1998
Artist's Fellowship, California Arts Council

1994
Towards a Greater Realm: A Southern California Collaborative Exposition on Spirituality, Myth and Inner Journey, panel discussion, University of Judaism, Los Angeles

1992
Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, lecture
Dreams and Shields: Spiritual Dimensions in Contemporary Art, symposium, Salt Lake Art Center, Salt Lake City, UT

1990
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, lecture

1989
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA, lecture

1984
State University of New York, Purchase, lecture
Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA, lecture
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA, lecture

1982
C.W. Post College, Long Island University, Greenvale, NY, visiting artist

1981
Special Project Grants, California Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts for The Actual Symposium

1978-79
Visiting Artist, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

1977-78
Instructor, Oxnard College, Oxnard, CA

1975
Arts '75, California State University, Chico, artist-in-residence

CURATORIAL PROJECTS, COMMUNITY ACTIVITY:

2008-Present
Public Art Committee, City of Santa Monica, CA

2004
Jewish Artist Initiative, Los Angeles, CA

2001
Co-Curator, Six Degrees: Art in the Libraries, organized by Side St. Projects, Los Angeles, CA

1998
Medical Arts Committee, UCLA Hospital and Clinics, Los Angeles, CA

1997-98
Curated 118W/34N, Los Angeles/Graz, Austria exhibitions with Kunstverein W.A.S., Graz, Austria (Co-organized with Anne Ayres)

1980-84
Organized artist forums, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA

1981
Organized The Actual Symposium: Change and Persistence in Creativity and Culture, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Santa Barbara, CA

1979-81
Board of Directors, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA

1979-81
Board of Directors, WAVES: Music of the Present Day, Santa Barbara, CA

1974-76
Coordinated Visiting Artist Program, Art Department, University of California, Santa Barbara

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS:

Akademie fuer Sozialarbeit, Bregenz, Austria
Bank of America/Security Pacific Bank Collection, San Francisco, CA
Barry Berkus and Family Collection of Santa Barbara County, Santa Barbara, CA
Chapman University, Orange, CA
Frederick R. Weisman Museum, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA
Fuji Paper Mill Cooperative, Tokushima, Japan
Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
Museum of Fine Arts, Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland
Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM
neues Kunstmuseum Luzern, Switzerland
Nora Eccles Harrison Museum, Utah State University, Logan, UT
Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, CA
San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA
Santa Barbara County Arts Commission Collection, Santa Barbara, CA
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
Skirball Cultural Center Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Standard Oil of Chicago Corporate Headquarters, Chicago, IL
University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach, CA
University Art Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA
University of California Berkeley Art Museum

Special Collections:

Allen Library, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Amherst College Library, Amherst, MA
Art Metropole Collection, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada
The Athenaeum, La Jolla, CA
Beverly Hills Public Library, Beverly Hills, CA
Bruce Peel Library, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
Circle Bookartis, Vilnius, Lithuania
Copley Library, San Diego, CA
Doheny Library, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Exit Art Reactions Collection, The Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Franklin Furnace Archive, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Getty Center for the Study of Art and Humanities, Los Angeles, CA
Grunwald Center for Graphic Arts, UCLA Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Lucy Lippard Collection, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
Merrill Library, Utah State University, Logan, UT
The New York Public Library, New York, NY
Occidental College Library, Los Angeles, CA
Otis Art Institute Collection of Artists' Books, Los Angeles, CA
Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, Miami Beach, FL
Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, GA
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Scripps College, Claremont, CA
Smithsonian Library, Washington, D.C.
State University of New York, Purchase, NY
William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Santa Barbara, CA
University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
University of Delaware, Newark, DE
Van Het Boek, Museum Meermanno-Westreenianum, The Hague, Holland
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford, Ireland
Yale University Art Library, New Haven, CT
Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles
Zona Archives, Florence, Italy

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