George Stillman Biography

George Stillman




George Stillman (1921-1997), painter, printmaker, photographer, and teacher, was born in Laramie, Wyoming on February 25, 1921 but grew up in Ontario, California. His precocious curiosity was nurtured by his father who allowed him to experiment in his photographic darkroom. At seventeen, Stillman submitted work to the Golden Gate International Exposition, which won first prize for creative photography. He attended the University of California at Berkeley between 1941 and 1942 until he was drafted into military service during World War II.

In 1945, Stillman enrolled in the California School of Fine Arts as an older, married, student with a solid photographic background. He was a member of the Sausalito Six, which included among its members Walt Kuhlman, James Budd Dixon, Frank Lobdell, Richard Diebenkorn, and John Hultburg. Year 1949 was one of production, exhibition and recognition, conferring on the artist numerous awards including the Ann Bremer award from the San Francisco Museum of Art and the Bender Foundation grant which he used to study in Mexico. In 1951, Stillman's work was shown in Guadalajara and Mexico City and in the late 1950s he accepted a teaching position at the University of Guadalajara.

Returning to school, Stillman attended Arizona State University where he received his B.F.A. and his M.F.A. in 1970. That same year, he was invited to join the faculty of Columbus College in Georgia. Moving to Washington state, he joined the faculty of the Central Washington State University in 1972 and became Professor of Art, Professor Emeritus, and served as Chairman of the Art Department until 1988.

Selected repositories of his work include the Oakland Museum, British Museum, Worcester Art Museum, High Museum, Arizona State University, Metropolitan Museum" and the Smithsonian Institution. Recent exhibitions which featured his work were Paper Trails: San Francisco Abstract Expressionist Prints, Drawings, and Watercolors in 1993 and Singular Impressions: the Monotype in America in 1997.

George Stillman died in Ellensburg, Washington on March 12, 1997.