05/28/2021 - 11/28/2021
Anderson, Chapman, Keeler, O’Connor, and Pedrotti Galleries
This retrospective of the work of Corpus Christi artist William (Bill) Wilhelmi draws from his over 50-year career as a world-renowned ceramicist. Wilhelmi’s works range from the iconic cowboy boot to delightful monsters all created with masterful skill and an eye toward whimsy.
To experience the artistry of William Wilhelmi it is not necessary to know the man, but it makes it so much fun! As a self-proclaimed potter, this artists’ work has functionality. Referring to himself as a potter seems fitting, although not complete without the inclusion of artist, in most everyone’s opinion.
The Art Museum is recognizing the incredible contributions of the artistry of William Wilhelmi. With 50 + years of his presence in the Coastal Bend, the region has found a voice of depth, personality, and wit. By referring to the history of art, world history, and literature we are seeing moments in time interpreted in clay with many other masterfully handled materials. You can read all about the artist’s arrival and story in the catalog for The Clay’s the Thing, from 1996.
This time around, the Museum will show what viewers may have not seen before. When works of this quality are first obtained from the Wilhelmi/Holland Gallery, they might never be seen again, unless one is invited to dinner at the collector’s home. We celebrate the realization that this work has enriched the lives of so many individuals, organizations, schools, banks, cityscape, and homes far and wide.
The Art Museum’s permanent collection has been enriched by a very generous donation of objects from the years that Wilhelmi has made his art in Corpus Christi, Texas. We have so much to celebrate, do not miss this opportunity to celebrate with us!
Organized by the Art Museum of South Texas