William Willis, Work on Paper: A Survey
New Art Gallery Exhibition Runs Through April 26The Marist College Art Gallery's latest exhibition is William Willis Work on Paper: A Survey.
The exhibition opens with reception Thursday, March 14th from 5 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and runs through April 26.
"It is a great privilege to host the work of an artist of Mr. Willis's stature," said gallery Director and Professor of Art Ed Smith. "I know that the entire Marist community will be impressed at the power and transformative effect of his work. In an age when our culture says it embraces the concept of creativity and individuality Mr. Willis provides a real example of those qualities. He is an artist of the highest caliber and an individual of remarkable depth."
The Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art in Augusta, Ga. says of Willis and his work: "Fluctuating between representation and abstraction, the complicated and the simple, his work often includes geometric forms and layered images. Beginning with grids and geometric forms and the desire to create, Willis labors over his work, painting and drawing, scraping and revising, often over a number of years. Working in this manner, he focuses on the process of creation—a process that is revisionary and intuitive."
Willis has exhibited his work in many exhibitions. His solo exhibitions include the Phillips Collection, Washington Project for the Arts, Diane Brown Gallery, Hemphill Fine Arts, and Baumgartner Galleries, all in Washington, D.C.; the Weatherspoon Gallery at the University of North Carolina at Goldsboro; the Howard Scott/M-13 Gallery, Rosa Esman Gallery, and Bernard Jacobson Gallery, all in New York; and the Reynolds Gallery in Richmond, Va.
Willis's teaching credits include serving as the William S. Morris Eminent Scholar in Art for Georgia Regents University in Augusta, Ga, as well as stints at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Vermont Studio Center, and University of Maryland.
Willis received a BA and MFA from the University of South Florida.