William Crutchfield at work in his studio, California
Gift of Kenneth Tyler 2002
Photographer: Barbara CRUTCHFIELD

Willliam Crutchfield worked with Kenneth Tyler at both Gemini GEL and Tyler Graphics to create a large body of prints, as well as a series of cast bronze multiples. His favoured mediums—watercolour and drawing—translate well into print form. Crutchfield completed several print series at Gemini in the 1960s informed by the natural world and transportation technology..

In making his bronze multiple series, Crutchfield created sculptural forms out of a series of numbers and the word ‘FLY’. Crutchfield and his wife, Barbara, are also responsible for a significant amount of the candid photography taken at the Tyler studios. Much of this work is held in the National Gallery’s Kenneth Tyler Archive Collection, and can be viewed in the photo archive section of this website.
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Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States of America

Receives Bachelor of Fine Arts from Herron School of Art, Indianapolis

Receives Masters of Fine Arts from Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana

Receives Fulbright Scholarship for study at State Art Academy, Hamburg, West Germany

First solo exhibition, at Lieber Gallery, Indianapolis

Teaches drawing, painting, and design at Herron School of Art, Indianapolis

Assistant Professor and Chairman of Foundation Studies at Minneapolis School of Art; completes edition of Buffalo heads at Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles, California (1966)

Moves to California; completes editions of Tawny owl at Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles as well as the Vista series (including At the falls, Burning mining town, Clipper ship, Train on bridge) and the Americana Suite (including Clipper ship, Covered wagons, Fire engine, Model T Ford, Narrow gauge train, Old Jenny, Riverboat, Stage coach) Los Angeles

Completes edition of Reticulated giraffe at Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles

Artist-in-Residence, Hannover, West Germany

Solo exhibition, at Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, Florida; included in exhibition, Technics and creativity: Gemini G.E.L., Museum of Modern Art, New York City, New York; completes editions of Brown pelican, Snowy owl and Art and technology at Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles

Included in exhibition, California prints, Museum of Modern Art, New York City

Selected as guest artist for Skylab II launch, courtesy of NASA, at Cape Canaveral, Florida; William Crutchfield: sage of machine wit, half-hour television special with Jonathan Winters and Vincent Price, KCET, Los Angeles

Completes bronze multiples (including Double three, Double five and Fly) as well as editions of Diamond express, Trestle trains, Burial at sea at Tyler Graphics Ltd., Bedford Village, New York

Included in exhibition, Art off the picture press, at Emily Lowe Gallery, Hofstra University, Hampstead, New York; solo exhibition, at Norton Gallery and School of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida

Solo exhibition, at ARCO Center for Visual Arts, Los Angeles

Completed brass sculpture The bravo award for Music Center of Los Angeles

Included in exhibition, Gemini G.E.L.: art and collaboration, at National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Included in exhibition, A serious look at humor, at Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, California

Awarded California Distinguished Artist, National Association of Art Educators, Los Angeles; awarded Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts, Los Angeles

Included in Biennial of São-Paulo, Brazil; Humor in prints: Edward Hamilton collection, Museum of Art, University of Arizona, Tucson; Art influenced by transportation, Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton, California; public commission, The importance of being a bubble, for the passenger terminal International Airport, Fort Lauderdale

Included in Gemini G.E.L.: celebrating 30 years, at Murray Feldman Gallery, Los Angeles

Solo exhibition, William Crutchfield: drawing range, at Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, Florida

Included in exhibition, Connections: LA printmaking 1962 – 1973, at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, California

Included in exhibition, Still life: quiet revelation, at Swope Art Museum, Terre Haute, Indiana

Included in exhibition, A way with words: text in art, at Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, New York

Solo exhibition, William Crutchfield: selected works, at Gallery 478, San Pedro, California

William Crutchfield currently lives and works in San Pedro, California.

Barbara Delano © Tyler Graphics Ltd.; revised Julia Greenstreet, 2013

This chronology provides an overview of selected biographical information, major solo and group exhibitions held within the artist's own lifetime.

Further information will be added to this site as the National Gallery proceeds with its research and documentation.

Last updated January 2017