Herman Hugg

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Herman Hugg
Born (1921-01-19)January 19, 1921
Strawberry, Arkansas
Died October 2, 2013(2013-10-02) (aged 92)
Houston, Texas
Nationality American
Education West Texas State University, Canyon, Texas, and Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas
Known for Painting, Sculpture
Movement Surrealism
Spouse(s) Minnie Beth Hugg[1]

Herman Elzo Hugg (January 19, 1921 – October 2, 2013) was an American artist, educator, and philosopher.

Hugg was primarily a painter, whose works often included surrealist, expressionist, and spiritual elements.[2] He also created sculptures in stone and wood, and large-scale works of enamel on recycled metal.[3]

He was a longtime-resident of Beaumont, Texas, where he was a teacher at South Park High School[4] and a member of the Beaumont Art League.[1]


Early life and education[edit]

Hugg was born in Strawberry, Arkansas, to Edgar and Telia Massey Hugg.[1] The family moved to the Texas Panhandle when Herman was six years old.[5] He earned an undergraduate degree from West Texas State University and a master's from Stephen F. Austin State University.[1]

World War II[edit]

Hugg served in the United States Navy Seabees 47th Battalion corps of engineers during World War II in the Solomon Islands.[1]




The Beaumont Art League hosted a retrospective of Hugg's work in 2009.[6] Six of his pieces were included in the Art Museum of Southeast Texas's show Southeast Texas Art: Cross-Currents and Influences 1925-1965 from January 22 to April 3, 2011.[2][4]

Selected works[edit]

  • Foxhole (1947),[2]
  • Dear John (1945),[3]
  • Forsaken Garden (1947)[2][7]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Herman E. Hugg". Beaumont Enterprise. October 4, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d "Southeast Texas Art: Cross-Currents and Influences 1925–1965" (PDF) (catalog). Art Museum of Southeast Texas. 2011. pp. 51–54, 110.
  3. ^ a b http://www.hermanhugg.com/#!artwork
  4. ^ a b "Herman Hugg, Art Teacher - South Park High School". Southparkgreenies.com. Retrieved 2013-10-04.
  5. ^ "Arts life well lived and still going strong" (PDF). artstudio.org. Retrieved 2013-10-03.
  6. ^ "Beaumont Art League to host Herman Hugg - Retrospective". Guidrynews.com. 2009-05-09. Retrieved 2013-10-04.
  7. ^ "Picasa Web Albums - Herman - Original Pain". Picasaweb.google.com. 2008-10-26. Archived from the original on 2013-10-04. Retrieved 2013-10-04.