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William T. Wiley, (1937-2021) SFAI BFA 1960; MFA 1962; Artist Extraordinaire

William T. Wiley’s SFAEYE, Ancestors Blood lithograph he made for his alma mater

William T. Wiley, (1937-2021) (BFA 1960, MFA, 1962) painter, filmmaker, musician, conceptualist of Slant Step fame, & ARTIST. Wiley arrived at the School from Richland, Washington with fellow students, Bill Allan, and Bob Hudson where he was “totally in love with the place” and met up with Carlos Villa, Bill Geis, and Joan Brown, among many others. A 1960 review of Wiley’s early art says it “has the subtlety of 10 sticks of dynamite. There’s drip, splatter and impulsive brush stroking…Anarchy seems to be the rule.” While teaching at UC Davis, Wiley was considered “to have been the single most influential artist for students in American art schools.”

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William T. Wiley, (1937-2021) BFA 1960; MFA 1962; Artist Extraordinaire

With permission, SFAA is re-posting the emails Jeff Gunderson Librarian/Archivist Anne Bremer Memorial Library has been sending out since March 2020. Please enjoy this magnificent archive.


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