Garner Tullis

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Garner Tullis
EducationPrincipia College,
University of Pennsylvania,
Stanford University
Known forprintmaking, sculpture, painting
  • Fulbright Scholarship (1964)
  • Fulbright Extension and Travel Grant
  • Ralph T. King Award for outstanding contributions to printmaking[1]

Garner Handy Tullis[2] (born Cincinnati, Ohio,[3] 1939) is an American born artist residing in Pietrarubbia, Italy, since the September 11 attacks in 2001.


Garner Tullis was born the son of the industrialist and civic leader Richard Barclay Tullis (1913–1999) and his wife, the painter Chaillé Handy, daughter[4][5] of Henry Jamison Handy. Both endowed the Chaillé H. and Richard B. Tullis Principal Viola Chair of the Cleveland Orchestra, currently occupied by Robert Vernon.[6] Garner Tullis has two siblings, Sarah ("Sallie")[7] and Barclay.

Tullis attended Principia College, and afterwards studied at the University of Pennsylvania (B.A. 1963; B.F.A. 1964[8]), where he was taught by the architect Louis Kahn; the sculptor Jacques Lipchitz; and such legendary figures of the New York school as Emilio Vedova, Robert Motherwell, Barnett Newman, David Smith and Mark Rothko. Awarded an extended grant to Italy by the Fulbright Program, he was able to travel throughout Europe before he studied at Stanford University under a Carnegie Fellowship (M.A. 1967[8]). In 1972, he founded the International Institute of Experimental Printmaking, where he worked together with such notable artists as Richard Diebenkorn, Sam Francis, Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Mangold, Kenneth Noland, Dorothea Rockburne, Robert Ryman, Sean Scully, and William G. Tucker, as well as hundreds of other painters and sculptors, including many younger figures.

Tullis taught at Bennington College, California State University, Stanislaus, University of California, Berkeley and Davis, as well as at Harvard University. Amongst others, his works belong to the collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.[9]

Tullis has three sons and one daughter. His son Richard (b. 1962) also became a printmaker.[10]


  • David Carrier: Garner Tullis and the Art of Collaboration; New York, NY, USA, 1998. ISBN 0-9630990-1-9

References and footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ granted by the Print Club of Cleveland, Cleveland Museum of Art
  2. ^ Garner Handy Tullis, Brooklyn Museum.
  3. ^ Garner Tullis (1939 - ),
  4. ^ Tullis News: Garner Tullis encaustic a siren's song Archived 2013-10-21 at the Wayback Machine., May 2009.
  5. ^ Photo of Jam Handy around 1930 Archived 2012-07-22 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Claudia H. Deutsch: Richard Tullis, 86, Ex-Chairman of Harris Corp., New York Times, November 2, 1999.
  7. ^ married name Sarah (Tullis) De Barcza; also known as Mrs. Charles G. L. De Barcza (W3R-US chairman)
  8. ^ a b Tullis, Garner (1939 - ) in Thomas Albright: Art in the San Francisco Bay area, 1945-1980, p. 318.
  9. ^ Biography Archived 2011-07-11 at the Wayback Machine., artist's website.
  10. ^ Brief history[permanent dead link], Richard Tullis.

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