William Stolpin

American, 1942–2017

William Stolpin, 2004

Screenprint on paper

26 x 20 inches

Promised gift of the artist

The Eccentric Vision of William Stolpin

September 16, 2017 - January 7, 2018

Graphics Gallery

When asked how he would sum up his work as a printmaker, Flint native William (better known as Bill) Stolpin used the word “eccentric.” His artwork often revolved around several main themes, including fantasy, landscape, and abstraction. He regularly juxtaposed two or more apparently unrelated elements to encourage the viewer to find relationships where they might not normally see any connection. Regardless of the subject, Stolpin always made images that were interesting to him in the hopes that others would also connect with his eccentric vision. 

From medieval fantasy to the far reaches of outer space, the many passions of William Stopin have inspired and influenced generations. For over a decade, Stolpin taught classes, like printmaking, relief printing, and reduction block printing, at the FIA’s Art School. He also led the Pre-College Portfolio Development Program (PDP), a three-year course for high school students designed to strengthen their visual arts skills and to provide guidance to young artists. The Eccentric Vision of William Stolpin presents the diverse style and subject matter of this prolific printmaker. 

From the Exhibition

  • William R. Stolpin, American, 1942–2017. Mott Foundation and More, 2000. Screenprint on paper. 26 x 13 1/2 inches. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William R. Stolpin, 2011.116

  • William R. Stolpin, American, 1942–2017. … and the Santa Maria,” 1969. Lithograph on paper. 19 x 26 inches.