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William Wolff
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San Francisco, CA
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1922 Born in San Francisco, CA. 1939 Began evening classes at California School of Fine Arts. 1940-1943 Full-time student at California School of Fine Arts. 1943-1946 Military service in W.W.II (European Theater). 1946-1950 Student at University of California at Berkeley. BA, 1950. 1947 First trip to Mexico. Saw Orozco retrospective. 1949-1955 Shared studio with James Weeks 1950 Studied with Max Beckmann at Mills College. 1951 Received MA in art from University of California at Berkeley 1951 Exhibition of paintings at Lucien Labaudt Gallery 1953 Married Helyn Lum. 1953, 1954, 1956, 1957 Trips to Mexico. 1955 Exhibition of paintings at Lucien Labaudt Gallery 1955-1956 Student in Education at San Francisco State University. 1957-1983 Teacher, special education, SF School District, Youth Guidance Center. 1958 Daughter Maria Tai Wolff was born. 1960 Began working in woodcut prints. 1962 Exhibition of woodcuts at City Lights Books in San Francisco. 1962-1968 Exhibited prints at Original Prints Gallery in San Francisco. 1968 Studied etching with Gordon Cook. 1969 Studied lithography with Dick Graf. 1970 - 2001 Active with the Graphic Arts Workshop, San Francisco. 197 1Exhibited etchings and lithographs at John Bolles Gallery, San Francisco. 1971-1972 Work in animated film. Completed animated short, "The Art of War,"1972. 1972, 1975 Exhibited etchings and woodcuts at Marquoit Gallery, San Francisco. 1976 Exhibition of "Actor Print Series," Berkeley Stage Company, Berkeley' 1981 Death of wife, Helyn Lum Wolff 1981 Exhibition of woodcuts at the Printmakers Gallery, San Francisco. 1983 Exhibited in the Bay Area Woodblocks show at the World Print Council, SF. 1984 Exhibition of woodcuts at F. J. Michaels Gallery, San Francisco. 1986 Joined the California Society of Printmakers 1987 Married Marguerite Craig. 1987-1988 Studied with Rupert Garcia. 1987 Exhibition of pastel drawings at F. J. Michaels Gallery, San Francisco. 1988 "Woodcuts," exhibit at Warner Roberts Gallery, Palo Alto, CA 1988-1990 President, California Society of Printmakers. 1996 Death of Daughter Maria Tai Wolff 1998 Death of second wife Marguerite Craig 1999 Exhibition "Write the Things Which Thou Hast Seen, woodcuts, etchings and paintings by William Wolff" Fetterly Gallery, Vallejo, CA 2000 Honored by the Graphics Arts Workshop for his many years of artistic contribution 2002 Retrospective at St. Mary's College, Hearst Gallery, Moraga, CA