William Clutz

William Clutz was born 1933 in Gettysburg PA, and grew up in Mercersburg, PA. He studied at Mercersburg Academy and the University of Iowa where he received his BA in Painting. Clutz was a Manhattan resident from 1955-1996.

Clutz is known for urban paintings, pastels, and charcoal drawings of pedestrians in light. Recognized as a significant proponent of abstract figuration in the renewed interest in figuration of the late 50’s and 60’s in such exhibitions as “Recent Drawings, USA”, 1956 and “Recent Paintings USA, the Figure,” 1962 at MOMA, “The Emerging Figure”, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas, 1960 and “The Figure International” at the American Federation of Arts, 1963.

Since his first solo show in 1959 in New York, Clutz has exhibited regularly in New York City and been represented by these well-known New York City Galleries--Katharina Rich Perlow, Tatistcheff, Alonzo, Graham, Brooke Alexander, Bertha Schaefer, and David Herbert. Clutz has also had solo exhibitions at Triangle Gallery San Francisco, Tatischeff/Rogers in Los Angeles, John C. Stoller Minneapolis, and Walther Rathenau Saal in Berlin, Germany.

Clutz taught painting and drawing at Parsons the New School for Design from 1970-1992.

Significant works by Clutz are included in the collections of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Washington DC, The Newark Museum NJ, Dayton Art Institute OH, Museum of Modern Art NY, Metropolitan Museum of Art NY, Museum of the City of New York NY, Corcoran Gallery of Art DC, Washington County Museum MD, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum NY, Mercersburg Academy PA, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University MA, and many corporate collections such as Chase Manhattan Bank NY, Bradley Family Foundation WI, McKinsey and Company NY, Mobil Corporation VA, Minnesota Mutual Life Insurance MN and many others. Included in Dictionary of Contemporary American Artists, Paul Cummings, ed. Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Art, and Allgemeines Kunstlerlexikon, Munich, Leipzig: K.G. Saur Verlag. William Clutz was elected to National Academy of Art & Design in 2006.

Photo of William Clutz



1980 - 2000

Pastel on Paper



Born: Gettysburg, PA 1933
Mercersburg, PA 1933-1951
New York City 1955-1996

Painting: Thomas Danaher(WPA artist) 1944-51
Mercersburg Academy, PA 1947-51
University of Iowa, B.A. 1951-55
Arts Student League, NYC 1957

Solo Exhibitions
Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, NY 2008, 2005, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999
New York Stock Exchange, NY 2002
Nicholas Davies Gallery, NY Retrospect 1955-1973 1997
Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson NY 2013, 2008, 1993
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts Hagerstown, MD Retropective 1991
Tatistcheff Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 1992, 1998
P.B. van Voorst van Beest Gallery, The Hague 1984
John Stoller Gallery, Minneapolis, MN 1987, 1983, 1980
Gallery 333, Dayton, OH 1980
Alonzo Gallery, NY 1979, 1978, 1977
Mellon Art Center, Choate Rosemary Hall Wallingford, CT 1979
Walther-Rathenau-Saal, Berlin, West Germany 1978
Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA 1977
Mercersburg Academy, Mercersburg, PA 1976
Brooke Alexander, NY 1973
Lamont Gallery, Exeter, NH 1973
Addison Gallery, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA 1973
Graham Gallery, NY 1972
Bertha Schaefer Gallery, NY 1969, 1966, 1964, 1963
Brooklyn College, NY 1969
Triangle Gallery, San Francisco, CA 1967
David Herbert Gallery, NY 1962
Condon Riley, NY 1959

Selected Group Exhibitions

Albright Know, Museum, Members Gallery, Buffalo, NY 2002, 2001
Center for the Arts, Vero Beach, FL, Collector Series 2001
Tatistcheff Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 1995, 1994, 1988
Metropolitan Museum of Arts, NYC Revivals and Revitalization: American
Pastels in the Metropolitan 1990-1989
Montclair Art Museum, NJ Art of the 80’s 1989
Kornbluth Gallery, Fair Lawn, NJ 1989
Christian A. Johnson Memorial Art Gallery, Middlebury, VT 1988
Tatistcheff & Co., MY 1987, 1985
Chemical Bank Gallery, MY 1987
Selected Group Exhibitions (cont’d.)
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA American Realism 1985
Schoelkopf Gallery, NY 1985
Art and the Law, West Publishing Co. MN 1985
Squibb Gallery, Princeton NJ 1985
Rahr-West Gallery, St. Paul, MN Traveling Exhibit 1984
Brooklyn Museum, NY The Great East River Bridge 1983
Robert R. Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta GA 1983
Collegiate School, NY 1982
Of Time and Place, American Figurative Art from The Corcoran
Collection, Traveling Exhibit
Smithsonian Institution, Wash. DC 1981
Hirschl & Adler, NY 1980
Westmoreland County Museum, Greensburg, PA
The New American Still Life 1978
Smithsonian Inst., Wash., DC American Drawings, 1976, Traveling 1977
Brooke Alexander, NY 1973
Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts, OH 1970
Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL 1969
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 1968
Tweed Gallery, University of Minnesota, Duluth, MN 1968
University of Wisconsin Madison, WI 1967
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA Annual 1966,1965,1964
Hunter Gallery of Art, Chattanooga, TN 1966
University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 1966
Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, NY 1966
Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences, VA Annual 1966
Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI 1965
Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
Annual 1965
Ontario East Gallery, Chicago, IL 1965
Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha NE 1964
The American Federation of Arts, Traveling Exhibition: The
Figure International 1963
Museum of Modern Art, NY Recent Painting USA: The Figure 1962
Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX The Emerging Figure 1961
Museum of Modern Art, NY Recent Drawings USA 1956
Des Moines Art Center, Iowa Annual: Honorable Mention 1954
Cumberland Valley Artists, First Prize, MD 1952

Selected Collections: Museums, Universities
Museum of Modern Art, NY
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY
Metropolitan Museum, NY
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
Museum of the City of New York
Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY
Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA
The Newark Museum, NJ
Telfair Museum, Savannah, GA
Huntsville Museum, AL
Hudson River Museum, NY
Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, NY
Dutchess County Community College, Poughkeepsie, NY
Sheldon Memorial Museum, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown, MD
University of Massachusetts Art Collection, Amherst, MD
Minnesota Museum, St. Paul MN
New York University Collection, NY
Tweed Museum, Duluth, MN
Dayton Art Institute, OH
Miles College, Atlanta, GA
Phillips Exeter Academy, NH
Mercersburg Academy, PA
Boise Art Museum, ID

Selected Collections: Corporations
AT & T, NY Minnesota Mutual Life Insurance, St. Paul, MI
Chase Manhattan Bank, NY Donaldson, Lufkin, Jenrette, NY
Third National Bank and Trust, Dayton, OH Solomon Brothers, NY
Schroeder Bank, NY Wausau Insurance Company, WI
Bradley Family Foundation, New Orleans, LA Simpson, Thatcher and Bartlett, NY
New York Stock Exchange, NY McKinsey and Company, NY
Southeast Banking Corporation, Miami, FL Mobil Corporation, Fairfax, VA
Shearson / Lehman Brothers, NY Amerada Hess, NY
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley, McCloy, Washington, DC Ashland Oil Company, KY
J. Walter Thompson, NY First Bank, Minneapolis, MN