(1922 – 2004)

Born: December 31, 1922, San Francisco, CA 


MA, University of California, Berkeley, 1951

BA, University of California, Berkeley, 1950 

Studied at the California School of Fine Arts 1939-1943 


Studied with Rupert Garcia 1987-1988

Studied lithography with Richard Graf 1969

Studied etching with Gordon Cook 1968

Studied with Max Beckmann at Mills College 1950

Shared studio with James Weeks 1949 - 1955

Solo Shows:

2011    William Wolff: Persons & Portraits, ArtZone 461 Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2009    William Wolff: A Printmaker’s Odyssey, ArtZone 461 Gallery, San Francisco, CA

            William Wolff: Paintings form the Estate, ArtZone 461 Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2007    William Wolff: The Invisible City, Warnock Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA

            William Wolff: Paintings form the 1950s-1960s, Charles Campbell Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2002    Masquerade and Revelation: A William Wolff Retrospective, Heart Art Gallery, 

            St. Mary’s College of California, Moraga, CA, catalogue

1999    Write the Things Which Thou Hast Seen, woodcuts, etchings and paintings by William Wolff 

            Fetterly Gallery, Vallejo, CA, catalogue 

1988    Woodcuts, Warner Roberts Gallery, Palo Alto, CA

1987    Pastel Drawings, F. J. Michaels Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1984    Woodcuts, F. J. Michaels Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1981    Recent Woodcuts, Printmakers Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1976    Actor Print Series, Berkeley Stage Company, Berkeley, CA

1975    Etchings and Woodcuts, Marquoit Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1975    Select Arts, San Francisco, CA

1974    Printmaker’s Gallery, San Francisco, CA

            Vintage 1870 Depot Gallery, Napa Valley

1972    Serigraphs, etchings, Psyche and Symbol Gallery, Berkeley, CA 

            Etchings and Woodcuts, Marquoit Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1969    Etchings, Lithographs, Serigraphs, Print Room, John Bolles Gallery,  San Francisco, CA

            San Francisco Arts Commission woodcut show, San Francisco, CA

1968    Woodcuts, Trutton Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1962-1968 Prints shown at Original Prints Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1962    Woodcuts, City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco, CA

1955    Oil Paintings, Lucien Labaudt Gallery

Group Exhibitions:

2010    Self Portraits & Others, ArtZone 461 Gallery, San Francisco, CA

            Drawings & Prints by Bay Area Artists, ArtZone 461 Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2010    AQUA: Art on Water, ArtZone 461 Gallery, San Francisco, CA

            Un-titled, ArtZone 461 Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2009    You Better Come See MF (my friends), ArtZone 461 Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2008    Here and Now, ArtZone 461 Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2005    Looking Back and Seeing Forward, Charles Campbell Gallery, San Francisco

2003    The Curatorial Eye: Fifteen Perspectives, (curated by Theres Rohan) Sonoma Museum

            of Visual Art, Santa Rosa

            Night Shift (Aspects of the Night) Collectors Gallery at the Oakland Museum

2002    Proof(s) of Life, The Graphic Arts Workshop 1952 - 2002, Meridian Gallery, San Francisco

2001    The Spirit of Handmade Prints, California Society of Printmakers, Triton Museum, Santa Clara, CA

            Unique Voices, six artists, Hayward Arts Council, Green Shutter Gallery, Hayward, CA

            Multi-drop/Multi-plate, Fetterly Gallery, Vallejo, CA, curated by Daniel Robeski

2000    California Society of Printmakers annual exhibit 2000, College Art Gallery, Kentfield, CA

1999    California Prints From Wood IV, Collectors Gallery, Oakland, CA curated by Art Hazelwood

            Fifth Anniversary Invitational Exhibit, Fetterly Gallery, Vallejo, CA curated by Daniel Robeski

            The View From Here-10 Years of Art from the Street Sheet, 509 Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA 

            Street Sheet Ten Year Anniversary, Art Show and Auction, SOMARTS Gallery, San Francisco, CA. 

           Small Works from the California Society of Printmakers, 1999 Annual Exhibition, Claudia

            Chapline Gallery, Stinson Beach, CA

            On the Edge of the Century: Printmaking and Social Commentary in the 1990s, Berkeley Art

            Center, juror Rene Yanez

            From A to Z: How Prints are Made, Janet Turner Print Gallery, Chico, CA

1998    The Third Annual California Artists’ Prints From Wood, Collectors Gallery, Oakland, CA

            Tradition and Transition in the 90’s, SOMAR Gallery, San Francisco, CA

            A Tradition Continued: Relief Prints, Fetterly Gallery, Vallejo, CA Juror, Daniel Robeski

            Points of Passing, Artists of the Street Sheet, Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco

            California Society of Printmakers 85th Anniversary Exhibition, Academy of Art College

            Gallery, San Francisco

1997   Prints from Wood 2, Collectors Gallery, Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA

            The Shakespeare Folio, Coastal Arts League Museum Gallery 92 West, Half Moon Bay, CA 

            Spiritual Pathways, SOMAR Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1994    Pacific Prints, Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA

            The Cutting Edge, Woodblocks and Linocuts, C. I. Clark Galleries, Bakersfield, CA

1993    Ink and Clay, Bay Area Edition Printmakers and Clay Artists, Holmes Fine Arts Gallery, San Jose 

            Annual Holiday Invitational, SOMAR Gallery, San Francisco, CA

            Return of Amorphous Mollusc III, Bridge Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1992   Contemporary Relief Print-Making, College of the Mainland Art Gallery, Texas City, TX

           Directions in Bay Area Printmaking: 3 Decades, Palo Alto Cultural Center, Palo Alto, CA

            Fourth Annual Figure Drawing Competition, Mendocino Art Center, Mendocino, CA

           Pacific Prints, Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA

            Black and White, Woodcuts, Ebert Gallery, San Francisco, CA

            Return of Amorphous Mollusc II, Onoshi and Nakayoshi Productions, San Francisco, CA

           Current Trends in Printmaking, Art Works Galleries, Fair Oaks, CA

1991    Art Exhibition Series I, University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ

            Third Special Exhibition: Printmakers, Galerie Voyage, San Francisco, CA

            Selections from the 5 Artists Folio, Memorial Union Graphics Gallery, University of Maine

            Museum of Art, Orono, ME

1990    Original Prints by the Graphics Arts Workshop, Kerns Art Center, Eugene, Oregon

            Memorial III, First Unitarian Church Center, San Francisco, CA

1989    Five Printmakers, Printmakers Gallery, San Francisco, CA

             Woodcuts, Golden West College, Huntington Beach, CA

             Poet as Artist - Artist as Poet, National Poetry Association, Herbst Pavilion, Ft.  Mason, San Francisco, CA 

            The Funen Graphics Workshop, Odense, Denmark

            Monday Morning Figure Drawings, drawing group with Charles Griffin Farr, Goat Hill Pizza, San Francisco, CA

1988    Angels, The Art Corridor, Menlo Park, CA

            Multiples, Pro Arts, Oakland, CA, juried by William Wolff, Linda Boyd, Michele Ferandell

            Prints North / South, Mills College Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA

            Pacific Prints 1988, Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA

            In Relief.  Contemporary Printmaking, Modesto Jr. College Art Gallery, Modesto, CA

1987    About Faces, Civic Arts Galley, Walnut Creek, CA

           Memorial II, Lawson Gallery, San Francisco, CA

            The Cutting Edge: Relief Prints, San Francisco, CA

            Point of View, Women Portrayed, Sunnyvale Creative Arts Center Gallery, Sunnyvale, CA

1986   Northern California Print Competition, Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA

1985    Seven San Francisco Printmakers, South of Market Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA

1983   Bay Area Woodblocks, World Print Council, San Francisco, CA

1977    Seven Bay Area Artists (including Charles Griffin Farr, and Emmy Lou Packard) Marina

            View Gallery, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA

1976    San Francisco Annual Arts Festival, San Francisco, CA

1974    San Francisco Art Commission Group Exhibition, Palace of the Legion of Honor, 

            Three minute animated film, Act of War, shown in Ultra Films program, Oakland Museum, 

            Prints by 4 San Francisco Artists, The Depot Gallery, Yountville, CA with Emmy Lou

            Packard, Ethel Weiner Guttman and Ken Byler

1972    New From San Francisco, 16 members artists, Graphic Arts Workshop,  June 1 Gallery of

            Fine Art, Washington DC, Artist’s Frame Shop and Gallery, Binghampton,  New York

1971-74 Contemporary Miniature Prints, traveling show 

1966   Drawings From San Francisco, traveling exhibition organized by the San Francisco Art

             Institute’s Art Bank, catalog. 

1965   The Figure: West Coast, Laguna Beach Art Association invitational exhibit.

            5th Annual Mercyhurst National Exhibition, Prints and Drawings, Erie Art Center, Erie PA

            California Society of Etchers National Print Exhibition 1965, San Francisco Museum of Art

1964-66 Natural and Supernatural, traveling exhibition of prints organized by the San Francisco

            Art Institute’s Art Bank, catalog.

1963    Art in Embassies exhibition, toured 34 countries shown in New York at the IBM Gallery and

            the Oakland Museum with 28 Bay Area printmakers, Catalogue produced for show in 

            Dacca Bangladesh with image of print “Landscape”

1962    The San Francisco Art Institute’s Art Bank catalog of 1962-63. Oil painting “Landscape

            with Figures” reproduced

            Second Summer Festival, Tacoma Art League, Tacoma, WA, oil painting “Landscape with

            Figures” on back cover of catalog

1959    Contemporary Figurative Painting, traveling exhibition organized by the San Francisco Art

            Institute’s Art Bank, catalog of Art Bank 1959-1960.  (venues included San Francisco

            Theological Seminary, San Anselmo, CA

1958    The San Francisco Art Institute’s Art Bank catalog of 1958. Oil painting “The Gate”



Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

New York Public Library, New York

Library of Congress, print collection, Washington, DC

Hearst Gallery, St. Mary’s College of California, Moraga, CA, collection

Achenbach Collection, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA 

Janet Turner Print Gallery, Chico State University, Chico, CA, collection

The Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA, collection

Fresno Art Museum, Fresno, CA, collection

Bancroft Library, U.C. Berkeley, CA, collection

Fetterly Gallery, Vallejo Community Arts Foundation Collection, Vallejo, CA

City and County of San Francisco, collection

Print Club of Albany, Albany, NY, collection


2000            Honored by the Graphics Arts Workshop for his many years of artistic contribution

1976            Purchase Award, Annual San Francisco Arts Festival

1967            Graphics Award, Rochester Festival of Religious Art, Rochester, New York

1951            San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Annual Art Show, Drawing Award

1960            Oil painting on Extended loan to the Oakland Museum

Artist Books:

1993-2002   in collaboration with Paper Crane Press, Half Moon Bay, CA

                    5 Artists Folio

                    The Shakespeare Folio, 12 artists

                    Poems - Poetry of James Campbell, 14 woodcuts with letterpress

                    Simon Peter Saith Unto Them, “I go a fishin’,” 5 etchings with letterpress

1962            in collaboration with San Francisco Arts Commission

                    Poets and Printmakers

                    Associations: Graphic Arts Workshop, San Francisco, CA member since 1970

                    California Society of Printmakers, Berkeley, CA (Past President 1988-1989)


1994            Guest Speaker, Academy of Art College, San Francisco, CA

                    Catherine Julie Cunningham Visiting Scholar, Lectured on “James Weeks: An

1992            Artist’s View” College of Notre Dame, Belmont, CA, Spring

1957-1983   Special Ed., San Francisco School District, Youth Guidance Center

1980            Introduction to Woodcut Printmaking, Fort Mason, San Francisco

                    Animation Workshop Artist in Residence with Todd Flinchbaugh 

1971            SF Museum of Art

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