William Schaff is showing work made over the last six years. It represents a variety of media and techniques - a sampling of some of the processes that Schaff employs in the studio. His work is raw, and his ideas develop and are captured in his sketchbook from 1999 to 2000- one he brought to his father's bedside. He also includes fully fleshed out narratives such as The Story of Corinna and Will and Stupidino Nel Mondo Dei Sogni in this show.
Schaff says, "The themes and concerns addressed in my work can at times be very specific and personal, but not all of my work is subjective. I think of my self as not terribly different from anyone else and the majority of the work for me really looks at daily experiences of everyman. To that end, I hope that you will find here something that resonates with you - some commonality between us."
William Schaff received his Bachelors of Fine Art at Maryland Institute, College of Art. He is the recipient of Rhode Island State Council of the Arts Fellowship, Rhode Island State Council of the Arts Project Grant, and a number of Juror's Awards. Schaff has exhibited throughout the New England region, including BB&Y Gallery of Baltimore, Maryland, Gallery Agniel, AS22, Contemporary Arts Gallery, and C. Francis Gallery of Providence, RI, and also Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY, Center City , and CBGB's Gallery, New York, NY. In 2001, Schaff participated in the Fringe Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Where he is currently studying in the MFA Jewelry program at Rhode Island School of Design, Brandon Wallace demonstrates a vast range of interests and materials in his body of work in jewelry. His disposition towards experimentation and constant inquiry is reflected in his work. Wallace describes his working method to be without "any particular style or with any material... I easily go from one style to another. I am inspired by a variety of things. I can be inspired by a song I hear or by something that is sitting on my desk, right underneath my nose."
Wallace received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramic, Sculpture at Alfred University, Alfred, NY. After graduating, he participated as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Benin, West Africa and taught English in the Beninese secondary school system for two years. He has shown at Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford, CT, ID Gallery, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, and Hans Weiss New Space Gallery at Manchester Community College, Manchester, CT. He is the recipient of the Awards of Excellence and John A. Chirrona Scholarship from Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI.