William Willis: A Span of Painting

William Willis: A Span of Painting William Willis, "Sheffield," 1975, acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 90 x 60 inches.
OCT 17 – NOV 22, 2013
OCT 16: Artist lecture, 7 p.m., 203 Garland Hall
OCT 17: Artist’s reception, 6-8 p.m., in the SMGA, 103 Garland Hall

Mid-career artist William Willis produces paintings that evoke sensations of Modernism, created and crafted so as to cause a colliding of skewed geometries, patterns, and image forms. His work is contemplative, beautifully executed and engaged in an interior kind of approach.

Born in Sheffield, Alabama, Willis has held numerous teaching positions and visiting artist appointments including Corcoran College of Art + Design, The University of Maryland, and the Vermont Studio Center. Currently he is the William S. Morris Eminent Scholar in Art at Augusta State University in Augusta, Georgia.

William Willis, Shakti Shards, 1993-2006, oil on canvas, Courtesy Howard Scott Gallery NYWillis has exhibited widely throughout the United States at galleries such as Howard Scott/M-13 Gallery in New York and Hemphill Fine Arts in Washington, D.C. His work is in collections such as the Corcoran Museum of Art, The Phillips Collection, the Tucson Museum of Art, the Indiana University Art Museum and the Yale University Art Gallery. Willis has received grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the NEA, and the Maryland State Arts Council. He is represented by the Howard Scott Gallery, New York.

The Sarah Moody Gallery of Art is supported by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Art and Art History. It is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm, and Thursday evening 5:00 – 8:00 pm. We are located at 103 Garland Hall in the heart of the UA campus on Woods Quad. There is no admission charge.

A parking deck at the corner of Hackberry and Campus Drive (Campus Drive runs in front of Bryce Hospital) provides visitor parking at a nominal cost, and is only a five minute walk to Garland Hall. To reach Garland, exit the main doors of the deck and cross Hackberry south to Margaret Drive, which runs along the side of Smith Hall (the Natural History Museum) until you reach Capstone Drive, the main street which runs between Gorgas Library and Garland, Clark, and Manly Halls. Follow Capstone to Garland Hall and the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art. For more information call the gallery: (205) 348-1890.