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William T. Wiley
Nationality: 
american
Gender: 
Male
Birth Date: 
1937
Birth Place: 
Bedford, Indiana
For over thirty years William T. Wiley has been a presence in the Bay Area art scene producing paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints. For his first project at Crown Point Press (1978), Wiley created a small etching, “Working at C.P.P.,” in which a pointed finger presses into a checkerboard surface, and the cuff of the sleeve is in the form of a crown. Subsequent visits to the press resulted in 17 etchings, among them “Now Who’s Got the Blueprints,” 1989 (no. 115 in the exhibition catalogue, Thirty-Five Years at Crown Point Press: Making Prints, Doing Art ). In the early 1980s he participated in the Crown Point Press woodcut program in Japan. Wiley’s color woodcut from this project, “Eerie Grotto? Okini,” 1982 (no. 102 in the exhibition catalogue, Thirty-Five Years at Crown Point Press: Making Prints, Doing Art ) is another example of his love of visual puns. (“Arigato” means “thank you” in Japanese, and “okini” means the same in Kyoto dialect.) Last year the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco organized the exhibition, Nothing Lost from the Original: William T. Wiley Looks at Art History, at the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum. In 1979 the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco secured the archive of Wiley’s graphic works. As a result of this arrangement, one of every published print he creates enters the Museums’ collection. PERSONAL HISTORY: William T. Wiley was born in Bedford, Indiana in 1937. He resides in Marin County, California. EDUCATION: Wiley received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1960, and a Master of Fine Arts in 1962 from the San Francisco Art Institute.