432 Commercial Street

Provincetown, MA 02657

phone: (508) 487-0915


    William H. Skerritt is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, with a B.A. in geology. “My art is largely informed by my other interests including my profession, geology,science, and history. It is also influenced by my fascination with certain places, with ruins, with relics, and with the bizarre. Not having any formal instruction in art, I improvised with drawing and painting. From 1975 until the early 1990s, my principal medium was scrimshaw, which I sold on Nantucket.” Beginning in the late 1990s, Skerritt received instruction in printmaking, principally from Linda K. Ryder in Troy, NY. Most recently Skerritt received instruction on the white line woodblock print from Kathryn Lee Smith in Provincetown and continues to maintain that mentorship.


    Beginning in 1999, I participated in various local juried shows and had four solo shows, one at the Arts Center of the Capital Region, in Troy, of prints and assemblages (2004), another at Troy City Hall, of etchings of local interest (2005), another at a Troy commercial gallery (2011), and another at the Sand Lake Arts Center (2012). Several of my prints appeared in an issue of the now-defunct arts magazine, Salvage, including the cover. Since 2003, my etchings have been included in six shows at the International Print Center New York (IPCNY) in Chelsea (2004, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2015). My suite of 8 etchings, Friction, was included in the New Prints, Winter 2009, show at IPCNY, which traveled to Chicago for the 2009 Southern Graphics Council Convention. In the New Prints Autumn 2015-6, my work was featured in the advertising. I have also been included in five shows organized by the New York Society of Etchers, and shown at the National Arts Club at Gramercy Park (2007, 2008), and in the first (2011) and third (2013) National Intaglio Print Exhibitions, a joint show of Australian and New York etchers (2014), as well as the 15th anniversary show (2015). During 2016, an etching was selected for the annual small prints show at the Ink Shop Printmaking Center in Ithaca, NY. Also during 2016, Troy As I See It, a collection of 50 prints and drawings of my hometown, was published.

Skerritt, William H. TROY William H. Skerritt, 71, died suddenly Sunday, September 17, 2017, at Samaritan Hospital, Troy. Born in Wilmington, Del., he was the son of Harry Skerritt and Ruth Chrisman Skerritt. He was the beloved husband and best friend of Joanne Johnson Skerritt during their marriage of 34 years. He was raised in Framingham, Mass. and resided in Troy most of his life. He was a graduate of Framingham High School and earned his bachelor's degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, class of 1970. Bill was a supervisor for the materials bureau of the New York State Department of Transportation for 37 and a half years, retiring in 2012. He was currently a consultant for Chesner Engineering, PC in Long Beach, N.Y. An active community leader, he was president of the board of directors of the Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway, on the Board of the Arts Center of the Capital Region, a lifelong lover of antiques, and collector, scholar and author of several books on scientific instruments, especially W&LE Gurley and others made in Troy. He authored three books including the Charles E. Smart Collection, Antique Surveying Instruments, Troy As I See It and co-authored The Great Fire of Troy by Porter, Skerritt and Leroy. He was a well-known artist, exhibiting his works at the International Print Center in New York, Etchers Society N.Y., Hutson Gallery Provincetown, the Arts Center of the Capital Region, the Sand Lake Center for the Arts and throughout the United States. Bill combined science and art with the romance of history and decay and produced a huge body of work in a wide range of materials. Survivors in addition to his wife include two sons, Shannon (Alicia) Skerritt, Portland, Ore. and Corey (Mary) Skerritt, Wilmington, N.C.; a stepson, Kory (Michelle) Weaver, Averill Park and five grandchildren. A memorial service will be held held on November 5 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at Pat’s Barn, Rensselaer Technology Park, Troy, NY. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of William H. Skerritt to the Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway, 1 E Industrial Pkwy., Troy, NY 12180 or Hope 7 Community Center, 596 Pawling Ave., Troy, NY 12180.

July 14 - July 20


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Tree of Cities: Cities develop organically, not according to static plans, but rather in response to human needs as those needs evolve. At the heart of this piece is New York City, including vignettes of its architecture and excerpts from its great and organic plan: The Report of the Commissioners (1805). The report makes spaces for both recreational activity and for commercial development. It now seems quite a modern plan. Factory Wall: There was a factory near my home that had fallen into disuse and disrepair, which led to its being razed. Since it abutted its neighbor, a similarly derelict structure, when it was torn down, one of its walls was left to buttress the other. I used the configuration of its structural elements to grossly define it, allowing me to riff on geological structures and processes in fantastical brickwork contortions.

Boulder: I meant this piece to depict a huge, ponderous, impenetrable, ominous presence, so I made it a boulder. In order to convey its scale, I added a stairway—a wink and a nod.

Tree: One of the overarching themes I’m much of my work is that man’s structures exist within a natural context. That buildings, left unattended, are eventually reclaimed by nature. Here, a great tree has begun to envelop a ruin, only to succumb, itself, so that it, too, will be reclaimed as part of nature’s unending and unstoppable cycle.

Dream House: Within the fever dream of the ideal house resides the dreamer’s competing desires and the conflicting complexities of its perfect realization. Visualizations of its impossibilities swirl about the dreamer requiring resolution only upon awakening. Dream on!

July 21 - July 27


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Spew: The great arch is, of course, the earth in cross section. Into its atmosphere spews both natural and manmade contaminants. Little can be done about volcanoes, but much can be done to stem the flow of gas and particulate matter that results from human activity.

The Cloche: This winter my wife Joanne and I spent a weekend in New York City just poking around. Joanne purchased some funky vintage glasses at a consignment shop and was told by the proprietor that she could get prescription lenses, while you wait, at an optician in Chinatown. The next day we went to the optician and went prowling around Prince Street while we waited. Joanne was trying on things at a clothing consignment shop while I parked myself on a window seat. I struck up a conversation with a fellow sitting nearby, also waiting. When Joanne was done, this fellow exclaimed that she should have a "Lady Jane" cloche hat and that they had such hats just across the street. Sure enough, it was perfect and I bought it for her. Straightaway, we found a small place for lunch where I took pictures of her in her cloche hat and eventually turned it into the white print.


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