Santa Clara University

Department of Art and Art History
Phone: (408) 551-7169
Location: Kenna Hall
Room number: Drahmann Center

Pancho Jiménez

Senior Lecturer

Educational Background

M.F.A., San Francisco State University
B.A., Santa Clara University


ARTS 33: 3D Design Fundamentals
ARTS 63: Ceramic Sculpture
ARTS 163: Advanced Ceramic Sculpture
ARTS 196: Senior Seminar


I am intrigued by the mystery of meaning that I find in ancient art, much of it in ruins, found in Mexico and other locations around the world.  In my art I attempt to capture that mystery, that "eternal presence" of ancient art forms, which elicit particular emotions in me that may be universal and timeless.  My intention is to create art forms that bring the eternal presence of the past to the present, to inspire reflection on contemporary time and place.


Inspired by the pre-Columbian Olmec heads this series of work consists of a series of busts.  Through these busts I explore the possibilities of portraiture.  While portraiture traditionally documents the individual characteristics of a sitter, in this work I am exploring collective, or universal, identity.  Depicted without features, these heads and bodies suggest diverse psychological states in a deeply compelling way.  To achieve this I employ a wide range of surface textures and colors, these works also explore the technical possibilities of the material of clay.


Selected Solo Exhibitions

New Work, ROSCO Gallery, Oakland CA

What Are You Thinking About?, Maturango Museum, Ridge Crest, CA

Outta My Head, Fire House Gallery, Grants Pass, OR

Ceramic Sculpture, Mohr Gallery, Community School of Music and Arts, Mountain View, CA

Show of Heads, University of California Merced, Merced, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions

San Angelo National Ceramic Competition, Juried Exhibition, San Angelo Museum, San Angelo, TX

Conversations in Clay, a 2 person exhibition, Cuesta College Art Gallery, San Luis Obispo, CA

Cerámica de la Tierra, American Museum of Ceramic Arts, Ponoma, CA

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