James Sampson

James Sampson was recognized for his talent early in life.
He won prestigious awards from General Motors, including a $5,500 Scholarship Award for Design in the Fisher Body Craftsman Guild. His design career began by working for General Motors as an auto designer. He found the position creatively stifling. He left to pursue teaching. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1961 from Albion College, studied sculpture at Wayne State University, and earned a Master of Arts Degree in Painting from Michigan State University. He studied ceramics and ceramics technology at Alfred University before pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from Michigan State.
Sampson’s academic career spanned the next three decades. He taught at various schools including Wisconsin State Indiana State, Southern Illinois Universities, Albion College, and the Gibault School for Boys. James taught at a printmaking workshop in Jamaica and then was an Artist-in-Residence for the U.S. Government and the National Endowment of the Arts.
Later in life, James continued to teach and mentor artists outside of traditional academia. Throughout his career as an artist, he won many national awards and exhibited his work throughout the country, including the Oversized Prints Exhibition at the Whitney Museum of Art in 1971, where his work hung next to Andy Warhol’s. His work is in the permanent collection at Indiana State and Michigan State Universities. Other works of James Sampson are included in the permanent collection of the Swope Art Museum (Terre Haute, Indiana), the Evansville Museum, and the Indianapolis Museum of Art, as well as many other private and public collections.