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William T. Wiley

1. photo: © Estate of Mimi Jacobs

For over 50 years, William T. Wiley has challenged the boundaries of the visual arts producing an incredibly prolific body of paintings, sculptures, drawings, and films. Beloved by his students as a teacher, by his fellow artists as a philosopher of art and process, and by devotees and collectors for his innovation, humor, message, and visual power of his art, Wiley stands as an artist whose works defy categorization within the confines of artistic movements. He is a trailblazer and model for the individualistic artistic explorations of contemporary artists today.

In late 1968, Wiley acknowledged that while the New York art scene was indeed important, he preferred the informality of the San Francisco Bay Area. He returned to California and delved into his art to eventually become and be acknowledged as a seminal figure in contemporary American art and key participant in the development, vibrancy, and importance of the Bay Area art scene. From 2009 – 2010, the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC mounted a massive retrospective of his work.

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