|The Art of the Book
Sixth Annual Exhibition of Handmade Books,
Altered Books and Book Related Works
William T. Wiley was born in Bedford, Indiana, in 1937. He attended the San Francisco Art Institute, where he received his BFA in 1961 and MFA in 1962. His first solo exhibition was held at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 1960. Since then, his work is in the permanent collections of institutions such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and the Stedelijk van Abbe Museum in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
His awards include: Painting Prize, San Francisco Art Institute, 1959; First Prize, San Francisco Art Institute Festival, 1960; Fletcher Award, California School of Fine Arts, 1960; First Prize in Painting, Oakland Annual, 1960; New Talent Award, Art In America, 1961; Painting Prize, 65th Annual Exhibition, Art Institute of Chicago, 1962; Sculpture Prize, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1962; Creative Arts Award, University of California at Davis, 1968; Purchase Prize, Whitney Museum, New York, 1968; Nealie Sullivan Award, San Francisco Art Institute, 1968; Bartels Prize, 72nd American Exhibition, Art Institute of Chicago, 1976; Traveling Grant to Australia, Australian Arts Council, 1980; Honorary Doctorate at S.F.A.I., San Francisco, California; Honorary Doctorate, S.F.A.I. 1980; Honor and Awards, American Academy of Letters and Arts, New York , New York; 2004 Life Work Award,
Box of buttons - 40 buttons in each box - signature engraved on back of each button:
Arabic numbered edition of 10 with buttons hand-colored by artist, 10 with black and white buttons,
2 artist's proofs, 2 studio proofs.
Additional Information: The intaglio component is a hard ground ferric chloride etching, made and pulled onto Arches Cover using an American French Tool press from a steel-faced copper plate. The buttons were punched and pressed using no adhesives. The lid insert was printed using an Epson 9600 pigmented piezo printer onto cover stock. The artist signed and numbered each button on the back side using an engraving tool. The book binding was done by John DeMerritt in Emeryville, California. Each book box is unique, using different colored leather and book cloth salvaged from past projects. The natural edge of the leather hide was used to create a non-traditional binding.