WILLIAM GERRISH is a multidisciplinary artist working in Houston, Texas. 

William was born in 1955, in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan, on the border of the US and Canada. From 1973 to 1975, he attended Kendall School of Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan, receiving certification in illustration. Additional studies at Kendall School of Design included, art history, life drawing, painting and 3-dimensional sculpture.

From 1975 to the present, William has made his livelihood in the field of commercial art, delivering to thousands of individuals, small businesses, corporations and non-profit organizations, illustrations, print & display graphics and scale models. Always within reach have been his fine art tools. His drawings, paintings, assemblages and sculptures are found in private collections in the US and Canada.

Recent works focus on telling stories and capturing memories. These "recollections" are composed of raw materials and once abandoned personal effects. Aged color and trace impressions on the surfaces reveal truths created by nature and the hands of those from the past. The intent is to evoke a sense of nostalgia. These found objects are rescued from oblivion and given a new life.

Reclaimed materials and found objects include: cigar boxes, covers & pages from old books, papers, letters, painted wood, linoleum, brass tubing, carpet tacks, fishing logs, tackle & lures, stones, blood, a bird’s nest, coins & paper money, shark teeth, wooden rulers, reclaimed wood.

 

"I honor the practice of truth to material, recognizing and accepting unrefined beauty, trusting my artistic intuition."


Solo Exhibitions
2010 “Fish Stories & Other Works”, Olive M. Craig Gallery, Sault Sainte Marie, MI
A collection of 38 assemblages and sculptures

Juried Group Exhibitions
2005  “It’s Not What It Seems”, Annual juried exhibition, Olive M. Craig Gallery, Sault Sainte Marie, MI
2006  “Blues”, Annual juried exhibition, Olive M. Craig Gallery, Sault Sainte Marie, MI
2009  Greater Michigan Art Exhibition, The Midland Center for the Arts, Midland, MI
2009  Annual juried exhibition, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey, MI
2009  “Home”, Annual juried exhibition, Olive M. Craig Gallery, Sault Sainte Marie, MI
              Honorable Mention (2)
2011    ARTPRIZE 2011, Open Concept Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI
             An international art exhibition of 1,582 artists from 42 states and 36 countries
2012   “Then & Now”, Annual juried exhibition, Olive M. Craig Gallery, Sault Sainte Marie, MI
2013   “Artist’s Choice”, Annual juried exhibition, Olive M. Craig Gallery, Sault Sainte Marie, MI
2014   “Artist’s Choice II”, Annual juried exhibition, Olive M. Craig Gallery, Sault Sainte Marie, MI
2016   33rd Juried Open Exhibition, Visual Arts Alliance, BLUEorange Gallery, Houston, TX
              Juror: Dan Allison, D. M. Allison Gallery, Houston, TX
2016   10th Juried Invitational Exhibition, Visual Arts Alliance, Spring Street Studios, Houston, TX
              3rd Place Winner, Juror: Jennifer Justice, Executive Director, Galveston Arts Center, TX
2016   34th Juried Membership Exhibition, Visual Art Alliance, Spring Street Studios, Houston, TX
             Juror: Zoya Tommy, Zoya Tommy Gallery, Houston, TX
2017   11th Juried Invitational Exhibition, Visual Arts Alliance, The Silos at Sawyer, Houston, TX
             Honorable Mention, Juror: Lester Marks, Mayor's Ambassador to the Arts, Houston, TX
2017   34th Juried Open Exhibition, Visual Art Alliance, Spring Street Studios, Houston, TX
             Juror: Rachel Cook, Curator, Diverseworks, Houston, TX
2017  The First 100 Days Artists Respond, The Silos at Sawyer, Houston, TX
            Curator: Matt Adams, President, Visual Arts Alliance, Houston, TX
2017   12th Juried Invitational Exhibition, Visual Arts Alliance, The Silos at Sawyer, Houston, TX
            Juror: Catherine D. Anspon, Executive Editor, PaperCity Magazine

Invitational Exhibitions
2003-04  “Drawing Continuum”, quarterly group exhibition, Art League of Houston, Houston, TX
2009   Annual Gallery Board Exhibition, Olive M. Craig Gallery, Sault Sainte Marie, MI
2010   “Celebration of Form Exhibition", Olive M. Craig Gallery, Sault Sainte Marie, MI


Affiliations
Visual Arts Alliance, Houston, TX, Chairman, Exhibition Committee