Artist, Archaeologist, and Writer

Phone: 830/980-7805         Email: artistherb@gvtc.com

Born in 1950, artist Herbert George (“Herbie”) Uecker is a native San Antonian and lifelong resident of Bexar and Comal Counties, Texas. His youth was steeped in art. He was taught as a boy to sketch and paint by his father, Herbert Marvin Uecker (1929-1988), and later studied acrylic painting under Bill Bristow at Trinity University. After a fascinating career in Texas archeology spanning four decades, Herbie returned to doing art in 2002 with paintings and sketches of landscapes and historic buildings. Since then, his burgeoning talent has been recognized by admirers, patrons, and fellow artists:

  • 2012 – Best of Show and Featured Artist: Bulverde Area Art Center.
  • 2011 – First Place: Bulverde Area Art Center Spring Juried Show.
  • 2010 – First commissioned works for Mission Café, San Antonio: acrylic painting of Mission San Antonio de Padua and oil pastel sketch of San Antonio’s Mission San Jose.
  • 2009 – Honorable Mention for oil pastel landscape “Sunshine Memory”: Art and Conservation Show sponsored by Texas Nature Conservancy, Cibolo Nature Center, and Boerne Area Artists Association.
  • 2004 – One-person show, Broadway Bank, Bulverde.

sunshine_memoryHerbie’s career in Texas archeology is closely related to his art and writing interests. He participated in archeological work at the Alamo five times from 1966 to 1995, and excavated at most of San Antonio’s other historic missions and many prehistoric campsites of central and south Texas. He investigated 2,000-year-old graves at Olmos Basin in 1980 and 1930s graves at Stinson Airport in 1995. In 2001, he published his first book, The Archaeology of the Alamo. He’s currently working on the second edition and also on another book: “I Was a Teenage Archaeologist: My Life in Search of Old Texas”. He plans to publish both books in 2015.

missionHerbie has a Master of Arts degree in Anthropology (Texas archeology focus) from The University of Texas at San Antonio, where he was a National Dean’s List honor graduate. He’s a former City of San Antonio Archeologist and coordinator for the City Planning Department’s Historic Preservation and Design Division and a former archeological reviewer at the Texas Historical Commission.

An interesting footnote is that Herbie’s father was a contemporary and friend of internationally recognized artist Cecil Lang Casebier, Sr. (1922-1996). A group of local artists led by Casebier, including Herbie’s father, formed the San Antonio Men of Art in 1952. Historically, it is one of the first art guilds of the Modernist School in Texas formed by veterans after World War II.