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.
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