When you grow up as the son of a charismatic Democratic congressman who loudly championed the arts during the worst of the anti-NEA fights, cynical logic would have it that you’d end up a kneejerk conservative appliance salesman. Thank goodness Griff Williams bucked that possibility. Instead, Williams, son of Representative Pat Williams (D-Montana), became an artist himself, graduating from the San Francisco Art Institute with an M.F.A. and promptly opening Gallery 16 in 1993 at the start of the dot-com vertigo. Well aware that government funding for art was growing ever scarcer, he partnered his gallery with a printmaking business, Urban Digital Color, creating what he describes as an “art version of listener-sponsored radio.” For the gallery’s 15th... More >>>