Sam Wiener was born in Shreveport, LA in 1928. He studied architecture and art with, among others, Josef Albers and Willem deKooning and graduated with a BFA from the Yale School of Fine Arts in 1951. Following three years in the US Navy, Wiener spent a year working in Paris. He moved to New York City in 1955. As well as studio work and exhibits, he has realized some eighty commissions in various materials, collaborating with many of the country's leading architects. Since 1970 he has concentrated on studio work, teaching, and exhibiting in galleries and museums throughout the U.S. and abroad. Sam Wiener
Sam Wiener has served on faculties of the School of Architecture, Columbia University, Cooper Union Art School, and Parsons School of Design. He has been a guest instructor and lecturer at numerous art schools, museums and universities. He was a Visiting Artist at Anderson Ranch Art Centers in 1990, 1992 and 1993; a MacDowell Fellow in 1991; and a Resident Artist at the Banff Center for the Arts in 1997.
Evangeline Tabasco was born in Isle Derrierre, Louisiana. She attended local schools until the island was totally destroyed by Hurricane Harry. She then travelled extensively, settling finally in New York City. SHe is entirely self-taught in art.
Tabasco's works (drawings, collages, and constructions) have been exhibited widely in galleries, museums, and private showings. She has shown independently as well as with her long time collaborator, Sam Wiener (with whom she is sometimes confused). Splendors of the Sohites, which she and Wiener produced together, was first shown at O.K. Harris Gallery in 1980 and toured the country for three years. Calvin Tomkins in his New Yorker article on humor in art called this exhibition "seasons real boffola...a sly parody of blockbuster museum shows, right down to the attached gift shop..."
Previously she had a solo show at the Lamagna Gallery in New York City. In 1978, she and Wiener produced an exhibit at O.K. Harris consisting of models of New York art galleries and museums in which the artworks were represented by supermarket products.
Evangeline Tabasco is certified as an artist by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. She is listed in: Who's Who in Society, National Society Directory, and Community Leaders and Noteworthy Americans. Some people believe Ms. Tabasco is Sam Wiener.
Selected Solo Exhibitions and Installations
  1975 Lamagna Gallery, NYC
  1976 Lamagna Gallery, NYC
  1977 Grapestake Gallery, San Francisco
  1978 Barbara Fiedler Gallery, Washington DC
  O K Harris Gallery, NYC
  1979 Arts Center, Pittsburgh PA
  1980 O K Harris Gallery, NYC
  1981 Museum of the Civic Center, Philadelphia
    Vassar College Art Gallery, Poughkeepsie NY
    Anderson Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth Univ., Richmond
    Herbert F Johnson Museum, Cornell Univ., Ithaca NY
  1982 University Art Museum, U. of California, Santa Barbara
    Museum of Modern Art, Rental Gallery, San Francisco
  Fine Arts Gallery, U. of California, Irvine CA
    Aspen Center for the Visual Arts, Aspen CO
1983 University Art Museum, U.of Arizona, Tucson
    Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson
  Lowe Gallery, University of Miami, Coral Gables FL
  1987 Fine Arts Gallery, Hampshire College, Amherst MA
  Stoner Art Center, Shreveport LA
  1994 Alternative Museum, NYC
  Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven CT (retrospective)
  1997 John Slade Ely House, New Haven CT
1998 New Britain (CT) Museum of American Art
  1999 Islip Art Museum, Islip NY
2000 Brattleboro (VT) Museum
  2003 The Century Association, NYC
2005 SUNY Westchester Community College, Valhalla NY
  2007 Uma/Niche Gallery, NYC 4 person show
  2011 University of Connecticut, Stamford 2 person show
  2012 National Arts Club, NYC 2 person show
  2013 Century Association, NYC 2 person show
  2014 Ceres Gallery, NYC
Selected Group Shows
  New York Correspondance School - Whitney Museum, NYC
    People's Flag Show - Judson Memorial Church, NYC
  International Sculpture - Galeria Naviglio, Venice and Milan
    Architectural Art - Museum of Contemporary Crafts, NYC
  Five Artists in Glass - San Jose Museum, San Jose CA
    Artists Look at Art - Spencer Museum, Univ. of Kansas, Lawrence KA
  American Painting and Sculpture Today - Indianapolis Museum
    Francis and Sydney Lewis Collection - Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
  Glass Routes - De Cordova Museum, Lincoln MA
    Ashes to Ashes: Visions of Death, Six Artists - Alternative Museum, NYC
Selected Traveling Exhibitions
  Objects USA- organized by the Smithsonian Institution, toured US & Europe
    Artists at Work - organized by the Finch College Museum, NYC
  Mona Lisa in the 20th Century - organized by Lehmbruck Museum, Dusseldorf
    Deja Vu: Masterpieces Updated - organized by the Art Museum Association
  Ancient Inspirations; Contemporary Interpretations - organized by the Roberson Center, Binghamton NY
    Americans in Glass - organized by the Woodson Art Museum, Wausau WI
  A Different War: Vietnam in Art - organized by the Whatcom Museum, Bellingham WA
    Old Glory: The American Flag in Contemporary Art - organized by the Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art