William Morris

It is rare that an artist has the opportunity to change the history of art, let alone during their lifetime. For more than three decades, beginning in the 1970's when he worked as Dale Chihuly's gaffer through to his retirement from blowing glass in 2007, Morris has been a major player in the studio glass movement. He approached the medium with a unique vision, one that wasn't solely dependent on achieving beauty. Rather, Morris took glass down a different path than his predecessors, embracing the ability of the material to transform into wood, bone, fiber and sinew. Morris' objects appear as if they have been unearthed as part of the archaeological record. The power of his work resides in this element of mystery. By tapping into the psychic unity or collective consciousness shared among all people regardless of where or when they lived, Morris harnessed a universal energy which is palpable in his work.
 
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William  Morris William Morris glass
MAN ADORNED
12 x 6 x 7 in
William  Morris AMULET
AMULET
10 x 11 x 4 in
William  Morris ANIMAL PIN
ANIMAL PIN
13 x 5 x 3 in
William  Morris ARTIFACT
ARTIFACT
8 x 4 x 2 in
William  Morris ARTIFACT
ARTIFACT
14 x 5 x 3 in
William  Morris TUSK ARTIFACT
TUSK ARTIFACT
26 x 28 x 7 in
William  Morris ROCK
ROCK
4.5 x 24 x 16 in
William  Morris MEDICINE JAR
MEDICINE JAR
15 x 6 x 6 in
William  Morris MEDICINE JAR
MEDICINE JAR
18 x 7 x 7 in
William  Morris URN
URN
13 x 13 x 13 in
William  Morris William Morris glass
BURIAL URN
35 x 13 x 9 in
William  Morris IDOLITO
IDOLITO
7.5 x 8 x 4.5 in
William  Morris William Morris glass
IDOLO
27.5 x 9.5 x 9.5 in
William  Morris IDOLO
IDOLO
27 x 9 x 11 in
William  Morris MAZORCA
MAZORCA INSTALLATION
99 x 22 x 22 in
William  Morris MAZORCA URN
MAZORCA URN
25.5 x 16 x 16 in
William  Morris MEDICINE JAR
MEDICINE JAR
18 x 7 x 7 in
William  Morris ANIMAL PIN
ANIMAL PIN
17 x 4.75 x 4 in
William  Morris ANIMAL PINS
ANIMAL PINS
23.5 x 5 x 4 in
William  Morris William Morris glass
MEDICINE JAR: MAZORCA
28 x 7 x 7 in
William  Morris William Morris glass
PETROGLYPH VESSEL
22 x 20 x 7 in
William  Morris William Morris glass
COMB
7 x 5 x 3 in
William  Morris William Morris glass
KAESONG MAN
13.5 x 8.25 x 6.25 in
William  Morris William Morris
MEDICINE JAR
15 x 6 x 6 in
William  Morris PETROGLYPH VESSEL
PETROGLYPH VESSEL
20.75 x 15 x 5 in
William  Morris William Morris glass
URN
10 x 6 x 6 in
SOLD
William  Morris William Morris glass
William  Morris William Morris glass
BURIAL RAFT
16 x 35 x 10 in
SOLD
William  Morris William Morris glass
ANIMAL ARTIFACT: ARMADILLO
12 x 7 x 4 in
SOLD
William  Morris William Morris glass
ANIMAL PIN
20 x 7 x 5 in
SOLD
William  Morris William Morris glass
ANIMAL PIN
11 x 3 x 3 in
SOLD
William  Morris William Morris glass
COYOTE MASK
14.25 x 8 x 9.5 in
SOLD
William  Morris William Morris glass
TROPHY
28 x 22 x 10 in
SOLD
William  Morris William Morris glass
PETROGLYPH VESSEL
26 x 20 x 7 in
SOLD
William  Morris William Morris glass
SKULL WITH URN
22 x 9 x 10 in
SOLD
William  Morris William Morris glass
STONE VESSEL
17 x 14.5 x 4.5 in
SOLD
William  Morris ANIMAL PIN_ EQUUS
ANIMAL PIN: EQUUS
14.5 x 4.5 x 3 in
SOLD
William  Morris William Morris glass
ARTIFACT STILL LIFE
20 x 24 x 22 in
SOLD
William  Morris William Morris glass
VESSEL
10 x 7 x 7 in
SOLD
William  Morris TROPHY
TROPHY
23 x 17 x 12 in
SOLD
William  Morris William Morris glass
FISH HOOK
13 x 5 x 3 in
SOLD
William  Morris MEDICINE JAR
MEDICINE JAR
10 x 6 x 6 in
SOLD
William  Morris STONE VESSEL
STONE VESSEL
20 x 15 x 5 in
SOLD
William  Morris William Morris glass
TROPHY PANEL
56 x 82 x 11 in
SOLD

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William  Morris

William Morris

William Morris Resumé

Born: July 25, 1957, Carmel, California

 

California State University, Chico, California
Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Washington


AWARDS

2007    
Fellow of the American Craft Council, The American Craft Council College of Fellows, New York, NY
Aileen Osborn Webb Award, The American Craft Council, New York, NY

2006    
Jurors Award, 34th Annual International Glass Invitational, Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI

2005    
Master of the Medium Award, James Renwick Alliance, Washington, DC Jurors Award, 33rd Annual International Glass Invitational, Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI

2004
Jurors Award, 32nd Annual International Glass Invitational, Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI

2002    
Artist as Hero Award, National Liberty Museum, Philadelphia, PA 2001    Visionaries Award, American Craft Museum, New York, NY

1997    
Outstanding Achievement in Glass, Urban Glass Third Annual Awards Dinner, New York, NY
Distinguished Alumni Award, California State University, Chico, CA Featured Artist, Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, Artists Series

1994    
National Endowment for the Arts, Individual Artist Grant


SELECT SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2013    
Abmeyer + Wood Fine Art, Seattle, WA

2010    
“Myth, Object and the Animal”, Traveling Exhibition, Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art, Fort Collins, CO

2009    
“Myth, Object and the Animal”, Traveling Exhibition, Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, GA
“Myth, Object and the Animal”, Traveling Exhibition, The Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, OH

2008  
 “Myth, Object and the Animal”, Traveling Exhibition, Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN

2007    
“Native Species – The George Stroemple Collection”, Traveling Exhibition; Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA

2006    
“Native Species – The George Stroemple Collection”, Traveling Exhibition; Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA
“Myth, Object and the Animal”, Traveling Exhibition, The Columbus Museum, Columbus, GA

2005    
“Myth, Object and the Animal”, Traveling Exhibition; Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI
International Museum of Glass, Tacoma WA

2004  
“Myth, Object and the Animal”, Traveling Exhibition; Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID
Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, CA
“Past, Present, Future”, National Glass Centre, Sunderland, UK and Westfalisches Industriemuseum Glashutte Gernheim, Petershagen, Germany

2003    
“Elegy”, Cinerary Urn Installation, Museum of Arts & Design, New York  “Unearthed: The Glass Art of William Morris;, Pensacola Museum of Art, Pensacola, FL
“Myth, Object and the Animal”, Traveling Exhibition; Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA
Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN
“William Morris: Cinerary Urns;, Montgomery Museum of Art, Montgomery, AL

2002  
“Myth, Object and the Animal”, Traveling Exhibition; Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX The Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, CA
“Man Adorned”, Traveling Exhibition; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, WA
“William Morris: Two Installations”, Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA

2001    
“Myth, Object and the Animal”, Traveling Exhibition; Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN, The Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH
Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC

1999  
 “Myth Object and the Animal”, Traveling Exhibition; The Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, MT

1997    
Museum of Northwest Art, LaConner, WA
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Wood Street Gallery, Pittsburgh PA

1996    
Meadows Museum of Art, Centenary College, Shreveport, LA

1990    
Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

1988    
University of Michigan, Dearborn, MI

1985    
Missoula Museum of Art, Missoula

1995    
“Glass Now 17, World Studio Glass Exhibition”, Hokkaido Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan


FILMOGRAPHY

2011    
“Creative Nature: A Portrait of an Artist... Alive.”, John Andres, Spot Creative, Inc. (New York, NY), May 2008, 83 minute documentary film


BIBLIOGRAPHY

2009
“William Morris: The Early Artifacts”, by Linda Tesner, SOFA West Santa Fe Catalog, (Santa Fe, NM), June 2009, pgs. 24 - 29
“William Morris - On the Other Side of Making”, by Colleen Bryan, Profitable Glass Quarterly Magazine, (Westport, KY), Summer 2009, pgs. 6 - 10 and cover photo

2008
“Freeze Frame: The Sharply Contrasting Styles and Personalities of William Morris and Lino Tagliapietra Come To Light In Two New Documentaries”, by Benjamin Lozosky, Glass - The UrbanGlass Art Quarterly, (Brooklyn, NY), Fall 2008, pgs. 64 - 67
“William Morris: An Appreciation”, Chattanooga Times Free Press, newspaper, (Chattanooga, TN), August 17, 2008

2006
“The Columbus Musuem presents ‘William Morris: Myth, Object and the Animal’, Columbus Cultural Arts Alliance (CCA) Marquee Flash, newsletter, (Columbus, GA) February, 2006 Volume 4, Issue 2, page 4 - 5
“William Morris: Myth, Object and the Animal”, review of exhibition, Neues Glass Magazine (Germany), Summer 2005
“William Morris: Intuitively Wild”, interview with Renee Targos, Art Talk Magazine, April 2005, pgs. 24-25
“Artbeat”, by Judy Archibald, review of Myth, Object and the Animal exhibition, Wildlife Art Magazine, March/April 2005, pg. 67
 “William Morris”, by Wolfgang Schmolders, Glashaus Magazine, (Germany), February 2005, pgs. 8-9
 “William Morris: Myth, Object and the Animal”, review of exhibition, Soutwest Art Magazine, January 2005, Pg. 66

2004
“William Morris: Survival, Symbiosis of Human and Animals and the Collective Memory of Humanity”, by Shawn Waggoner, Glass Art Magazine,
November/December 2004, pgs. 6-14
“William Morris”, by Donna Karan, Interview Magazine, October 2004, pg. 188 
“The Primal Art of William Morris”, by Chris Schnoor, Boise (ID) Weekly Magazine, July 21-27 2004, pgs. 13-16
“Extreme Glass: Nature Fuels William Morris”, by Dana Oland, The Idaho Statesman, Life Section, June 30, 2004, pgs. 1-6
“Artist Profile: William Morris”, by Consuelo I. Marshall, Lifescapes Magazine, April/May, pgs. 16
 “William Morris: Dancing with Fire”, by Donna Karan, Woman to Woman, February, 2004

2003
“William Morris: Elegy”, Glass Magazine #90, Spring 2003, review of exhibition at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, pg, 18 “William Morris: Elegy”, review, The Statment E-zine, June 2003

2002
“William Morris: Man Adorned”, book review, Choice Magazine, October 2002
“William Morris: Man Adorned”, book review, Southwest Art, magazine, July 2002, pg. 176
 “William Morris: Man Adorned”, book review by Edward K. Owusu-Ansah, Library Journal, June 1, 2002, pg. 140
“Universality of Mankind”, by Mary Thomas, review of Man Adorned exhibition at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, newspaper, June 1, 2002
“Man Adorned at the Carnegie”, by Kurt Shaw,  Tribune  Review, newspaper, Pittsburgh, PA , May 31, 2002
“The Unbroken Chain: William Morris’s Turkana Woman”, Fine Arts Magazine, M.H. DeYoung Memorial Museum publication, Spring/Summer 2002, pg.7
 “William Morris: Man Adorned”, book review, Pacific Northwest Magazine, March 24, 2002, pg. 22
“William Morris: Mythic Master”, The World and I, magazine, March 2002, pgs.104-108
“William Morris to be Honored at Glass Now 2002”, Coalition Newsletter, National Liberty Museum, February, 2002
William Morris: Cinerary Urns, published in conjunction with exhibitions at The Chrysler Museum of Art and The American Craft Museum
Man Adorned, by Blake Edwards and James Yood, 2001, Marquand Books and University of Washington Press, Seattle and London

2001
“Myth, Nature and Art: William Morris Glass Blower”, Ovation, The Arts Network, program guide (Cable TV), July/August, 2001, pg.3
“Heat, Gravity and Motion: William Morris”, by Tina Cole, Sun Valley (ID) Guide, Summer, 2001, pgs. 34-39

2000
William Morris, Animal/Artifact, by James Yood and Tina Oldknow, 2000, Abbeville Press Publishers, New York, London and Paris
Review of William Morris’s permanent installation at the Portland Art Museum, by Geoff Wichert, Glashause, March 1999

1999
“Glass Master Expertly Explores Tension Between Nature and Man”, by Jean McKig, The Desert Sun (CA), newspaper, May 9, 1999
“Myth, Object and the Animal”, Traveling exhibition catalogue published in conjunction with the Chrysler Museum of Art, The Yellowstone Art Museum and the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 1999

1998
“Lost Cultures Haunt the Art of William Morris”, by Jeff Daniel, St. Louis Post (MO) Dispatch, newspaper, May 24, 1998, pgs. 68-73
“William Morris”, by Dana Dugan, Sun Valley Art, magazine, Summer, 1998, pgs.68-73
“William Morris: Glimmers of the Past” by Blake Edgar, Vetro, magazine, Premier Issue, 1998, pgs. 33-37 “William Morris”, exhibition catalogue, Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, MO April, 1998

1997
“William Morris Spirited Forms”, Morton A. Kaplan, The World & I, magazine, Fall 1997, pgs. 152-156
 “Fragile Glass Meets Savage Force”, by Pamela Blume Leonard, The Atlanta Journal, newspaper, March 28, 1997

1996
William Morris, Artifacts/Glass, by Gary Blonston, 1996, Abbeville Press Publishers, New York, London, Paris
“William Morris”, by Matthew Kangas, Sculpture Magazine, March 1996, pg. 60
“Studio Glass Collection Showcased at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art”, by Karen S. Chambers, Neues Glas Magazine, January 1996, pg. 41
“The Met’s Glass Art Show Looks Very Seattle”, by Robin Updike, The Seattle Times, newspaper, June 24, 1996
“Interior Images”, exhibition catalogue, Walter Anderson Museum of Art, Shreveport, LA, 1996
“William Morris”, exhibition catalogue, Susan Duval Gallery, Aspen, CO, February, 1996
“The Animal”, exhibition catalogue, essay by James Yood, Marx Saunders Gallery, Chicago, IL, October, 1996

1995
“William Morris”, Edited by Satoka Shinoda, Glass & Art Magazine, Issue #8, 1995, pgs. 42 - 51
“William Morris: Glass Installation”, by Ron Glowen, The Everett (WA) Herald, newspaper, October 13, 1995

1994
“William Morris, Artifact Tooth Series”, Seattle Art Museum, brochure of limited    edition sculptures. 1994

1993
“William Morris”, by Sylvia Netzer, New Glass, magazine, March 1993, pgs.12-21
 “William Morris Glass Remains”, by Patricia Failing, American Craft Magazine, Feb/Mar, 1993, pgs. 49-51
“Glass Installations”, Catalogue of Exhibition, American Craft Museum, New York, NY, April 1993

1989
William Morris: Artifact and Art. University of Washington (Seattle) Press, ISBN 0-295-96917-2, Edited by Kate Elliott

1988
“William Morris; Brendan Walter Gallery, Santa Monica, “ by Ben Marks, review in New Work, magazine, Number 35, Fall 1988, pgs. 32-33

1987
“William Morris” by Lynn Basa, Review in New Work, magazine, Winter 1987, pgs. 8-9

1985
“Earth, Fire and Light in Glass and Clay,” New York Times, newspaper, by   Priscilla Turner, March 17, 1985, Illustration pg. 24
Metropolitan Home, magazine, April 1985, Illustration pg. 129

1984
“Designing, Constructing and Blowing into Wooden Molds”, G.A.S. Journal by William Morris, pg. 50

 


SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

American Craft Museum, New York, NY Auckland Museum, Auckland, New Zealand Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA
Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, WI Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH
Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY Daiichi Museum, Nagoya, Japan
Davis Wright Tremaine, Seattle, WA The Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, OH 
The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI Edmonds Arts Commission, Edmonds, WA 
Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo, Japan
Hunter Museum, Chattanooga, TN 
J.B. Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY The Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NB
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA 
Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI Missoula Museum of the Arts, Missoula, MT Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL
Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, France
Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany Museum of American Glass, Millville, NJ
Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA
Niijima Contemporary Glass Art Museum, Niijima, Japan Norton Museum of Art, Palm Beach, FL
Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, CA Pilchuck Collection, Stanwood, WA
Port of Seattle, Seattle, WA Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR Racine Art Museum, Racince, WI Rockefeller Center, New York, NY
Royal College of Art, London, England 
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Permanent Installation, Seattle, WA 
Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE 
Shimonoseki City Art Museum, Shimonoseki, Japan
Smithsonian Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC State Foundation of Culture in the Arts, Honolulu, HI
State of Oregon Public Services Building, Portland, OR Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA
The Pilchuck Glass Collection at City Centre and US Bank Center, Seattle, WA The Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH
University of Miami, Lowe Art Museum, Coral Gables, FL University of Michigan, Dearborn, MI
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, MT

 

 

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