In conjunction with the Visiting Artist Lecture Series at Sonoma State University and Building a Different Model: Selections from the di Rosa Collection Franklin Williams will discuss his work and practice. The Visiting Artist Lecture Series provides students and the surrounding community with valuable insights from and exposure to art professionals and their work. It is supported in part through grants from the Instructionally Related Activities Fund of Sonoma State.
Franklin Williams (b. 1940, Ogden, UT, lives and works in Petaluma, CA) emerged as a young Bay Area artist in the early 1960s. His deeply personal work is significantly influenced by the importance of handicrafts in his household growing up. His work imagines a world of fantastical landscape, biomorphic form and historic styles of ornament. Williams's career as a professor spanned over fifty years, at the San Francisco Art Institute and California College of Arts. He was included in the legendary Funk exhibition at the Berkeley Art Museum in 1967 and his work is held in many permanent collections, including the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Oakland Art Museum, San Jose Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the UC Berkeley Art Museum.
Dan Nadel is a writer and curator based in New York. His past exhibitions include Samaritans, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, New York (2019); Gertrude Abercrombie, Karma, New York (2018); Red Grooms, Handiwork 1955–2018, Marlborough Contemporary, New York (2018); What Nerve! Alternative Figures in American Art: 1960 to the Present, RISD Museum, Providence, and Matthew Marks Gallery, New York (2014–15); Return of the Repressed: Destroy All Monsters 1973–1977, Prism, Los Angeles (2011); and The Passing of Time: Michael Hurson at Work, 1971–2001, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York (2017–18). Nadel is a frequent contributor to Artforum and the New York Review of Books. He has authored several books, including The Collected Hairy Who Publications (Matthew Marks, 2015), Art Out of Time: Unknown Comics Visionaries 1900–1969 (Abrams, 2006), and Dorothy and Otis: Designing the American Dream (Harper Design, 2015). His upcoming exhibitions include Landscape without Boundaries and Kathy Butterly, both at the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, Davis.
Gracious Gift (Self-Stuffed), 1974
Acrylic, yarn, twine, feathers, and fabric on canvas
40 × 48 × 3 in.
Gift of Franklin Williams, courtesy Lizabeth Oliveria Gallery
Installation View, Building a Different Model: Selections from the di Rosa Collection, 2019
Photo credit: Bob MaClenahan