William Wareham

EDUCATION:
1971 MFA University of California, Berkeley, CA
1969 MA University of California , Berkeley, CA
1964 BFA Philadelphia College of Art. Philadelphia, PA
1964 Peace Corps. Cuzco, Peru
1963 Yale university. Award Scholarship, Program of Music and Art, Norfolk, CT
1962 University of the Americas, Mexico City, Mexico

SELECTED AWARDS:
1999 Djerassi Resident Artist, Pritzker Foundation Endowed Fellowship
1974 National Endowment for the Arts
1969 Eisner Prize for Sculpture, University of California, Berkeley, CA
1968 Eisner Prize for Sculpture, University of California, Berkeley, CA

SELECTED COLLECTIONS & COMMISSIONS:
Savings Bank, Wedge Series, San Francisco, CA,
Palo Alto City Hall Temporary Art Installation.
Richard and CB Watts, A Love Supreme, Portola Valley, CA,
Grounds For Sculpture, Annoweeka, Hamilton, NJ,
Mare Island Shipyard Workers Tribute, Award Commission, (SpiritShip), Vallejo, CA,
San Francisco State University, Buckeye, San Francisco, CA,
Avenue of the Arts, Redwood Shores, Rock on Top, Belmont, CA,
Runnymeade Farm, John and Dodie Rosekrans, Horned Totem I , Woodside, CA,
City Hall, Ancestors, Berkeley, CA,
Norcal Sculpture Park, Horned Totem II, San Francisco, CA,
Artist in Residence, William Harper College, Airslot VI, Pallatine, IL,
William Cook Incorporated, Airslot XXV, Sacramento, CA,
Runnymeade Farm, John and Dodie Rosekrans, Airslot XXIX, Woodside, CA,
Art Museum of Santa Cruz County, Wrap Up, Santa Cruz, CA,
Los Modonas College, Two Rock, Antioch, CA,
Chapman College, Ancestors I, Los Angeles, CA,
Claremont Hotel, Arica, Oakland, CA,
Sonoma State University, Nazca, Rohnert Park, CA,
University Art Museum, Gate (Triumph for Johnka), Berkeley, CA

RECENT SOLO EXHIBITIONS:
2000 Robert Else Gallery, California State University, Artist in Residence, Sacramento, CA
1999 Pacific Heritage Museum, San Francisco, CA
1997 One Capital Center, Sacramento, CA
Aquatic Park Exhibition of large scale works in cooperation with the City of Berkeley, CA
1995 Gallery on the Rim, San Francisco, CA
1991 Oakland Museum Sculpture Court, Oakland, CA

RECENT GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
1999 Oakland Museum, What is Art For, curated by William Wiley & Mary Hull Webster,
1998 SFMOMA Rental Gallery, Pacific Rim Sculptors Group,
San Francisco, CA
1997 Claudia Chapline Gallery, Pacific Rim Sculptors Group , Stinson Beach, CA
1996 Triton Museum of Art, KTEH Art Auction, Award: 1st Prize (Catalogue), San Jose, CA,
Oakland Museum, reinCARnation Art Auction, Oakland, CA
1995 SFMOMA Rental Gallery, Artists Making Furniture,
San Francisco, CA
Contract Design Center, Two Artists One Space,
San Francisco, CA
1994 Richmond Art Center, Living in Balance: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Richmond,CA
Oakland Museum, An Impromptu Exhibit of Outdoor Sculpture, Oakland, CA
Holy Names College, Small Sculptures and Related Drawings, Oakland, Ca

SELECTED RECENT BIBLIOGRAPHY:
1999 Artweek, Review, William Wareham at Pacific Heritage Museum, by John Rapko 10/99
Talk Arts, Turlock, CA Cover: Energy Burst is Here
1996 Times Herald, Vallejo, CA, Wareham’s Ship Sculpture Lands at Mare Island by Robert Cochran
Times Herald, Sculpture on the Yard, Artist Pays Tribute to Workers and Ships by R. Freedman
1995 Contra Costa Times, Shipshape Art Finds Safe Harbor by Elizabeth Hayes, 10/7/95
Times Herald, SF Artist Tagged for Mare Island Memorial by Robert Cochran, 10/18/95
1994 Los Angeles Times, Sculpture May Have Been Taken For Junk, Associated Press 4/3/95
1993 San Francisco Examiner, Shipyard Artists Plan OpenHouse by Susan Kuchinkas 5/12/93
1992 Contra Costa Times, Something New Times Three by Carol Fowler 9/12/92
1991 National Enquirer, Artist Turns Trash Into Sculpture Worth $30,000 by Joe Mullins 10/29/91
San Francisco Chronicle, Sculpture: In Search of an Audience by Kenneth Baker 10/6/91
1990 San Francisco Chronicle, Wareham Sculpture at Victor Fischer by Kenneth Baker 12/13/90
San Francisco Chronicle, Landscape Fills a Room by Kenneth Baker
Metropolitan Home, The New Ashcan Art by Diane Dorrans Sacks
Visual Dialogue, Sculpture by Joanne Dickson June/August

SELECTED TEACHING & EMPLOYMENT:
1998 San Francisco Art Academy. Instructor, Mixed Media Graduate Seminar
1997 San Francisco State University, Instructor, Sculpture Seminar
1996 Venice Biennial, Italy, Mark di Suvero Installation
1993-91 Scene Painter/Constructor, San Francisco Opera,
San Francisco, CA
1986 San Francisco State University, Lecture/ Studio Visits, Sculpture Seminar
Curator, Esprit Park Show, Esprit Park, San Francisco, CA
1979-81 University of California, Lecturer, Advanced Sculpture, Berkeley, CA
1978 Sculptors Assistant, Mark di Suvero, Hirshhorn Museum, Washington D.C.
1975-70 Sculptors Assistant, Mark di Suvero, Various Projects
University of California, Lecturer, Advanced Sculpture, Berkeley, CA
1973 -68 Sculptors Assistant, Peter Voulkos, (Worked on large bronze sculptures)
1971-70 San Francisco Museum of Art, Preparator (Assisted Georgia Keefe with her retrospective)


Press Releases::
William Wareham


"On my studio wall is a small sign (the lettering disappearing from age) that says: "Do not be afraid!" Perhaps intended as a morale booster to those WWII sailors going off to war from this shipyard: it now acts as an aesthetic reminder to pursue the creative act with vigour. But what is that? Is it to take three-dimensional form to where it has not been before or mine the turf that others have excavated in the belief of finding new harmonies? Whichever path, to activate space with steel is a challenge. I try to resolve this with both knowledge and intuition asking myself constantly; "Is this solution too predictable?" I rework and change the forms to get a more dynamic relationship, interesting intervals, tension in the negative volumes or contrasting scale; all with the purpose of bringing a great sense of visual delight to our lives."

William Wareham creates series of works with a strong common thread. From his earliest years as a fine art student at UC Berkeley in the late sixties, where Wareham used military surplus material in his sculpture, his concern with the medium and the technique is apparent. Through that search, he achieves some of the most consistently accomplished compositions in contemporary sculpture.

Wareham was a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts in 1974 and the Eisner Prize for sculpture at UC Berkeley in 1968 and 1969. In 1999, he was awarded an artist residency at Djerassi. He was an assistant to Peter Volkos for five years and Mark Di Suvero for six. His other influences can be traced to Anthony Caro and David Smith.

Since his stint as the first Artist in Residence at the Norcal Solid Waste Systems facility in 1990, where he set up the studio and wrote the safety manual, Wareham has been using recycled steel as the primary source for his sculpture, but he goes far beyond what most artists do with recycled materials these days. It is the "pre-used history that the material inherently holds", he says, that inspires him. "These worn-out metal things will continue to have a life by gathering, refocusing and rejoining into a collective other life". Wareham has full control of the new compositions, but they also appear to have an uncanny life of their own, a power as new objects that hold the key to the life of the old: it seems that the scrap metal was always meant to be an element of the new sculpture in the hands of the artist.
He has exhibited widely throughout California, including solo exhibits at the Oakland Museum Sculpture Court and the Pacific Heritage Museum in San Francisco, and in Nevada, Hawaii, Illinois and New Jersey. Whether creating massive works for corporate or estate collections or human scale sculpture, unique tables, benches and chairs, or even pedestal size- often
kinetic- pieces, Wareham remains true to his inner drive to capture the viewer's consciousness through his powerful abstract sculpture.