William E. Stiles Photograph

The Artist

William Elliott Stiles Jr. graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law in 2006. Stiles, who specializes in commercial vehicle litigation in Atlanta, began painting while in high school and has said that this creative activity was a much needed stress reliever during his time as a law student. While studying in Athens, he created and donated what would become his first piece in the school' s collection titled "The Common Law" (2004). This painting reflects relevant case law, theories, ideas and history examined during his first semester as a law student.

The Collection

Even as an attorney, Stiles continued to paint, donating over a dozen works of art to the law school. His works touch on important legal concepts, the history of UGA Law, and the city of Athens. Currently on display in the second floor gallery of Hirsch Hall is The Concept Collection.

Exhibit Catalog, 2021
Exhibit Catalog, 2021

This exhibit catalog was created in honor of the newest additions of works to the Stiles Collection, marking the 60th anniversary of desegregation at the University of Georgia. On February 15, 2021 a virtual art unveiling took place at the School of Law, and was broadcast to key members of the law school community. In addition to Dean Peter “Bo” Rutledge speaking at the event, many members of the law school community including representatives of the Black Law Students Association shared comments about the new painting and reflections on the 60th anniversary of desegregation of the University of Georgia. Titled “1961”, Stiles shared notes about this special piece with those in attendance, including depictions of the historic events from that year. Although all of his works are oil on canvas, several include mixed media elements such as “Arms” and “Loving vs. Virginia.” “1961” expands on this collage-style and incorporates imagery inspired by the experiences of Charlayne Hunter and Hamilton Holmes. For full notes on “1961”, we encourage you to browse the Stiles Collection catalog online. “1961” joins more than ten other items inthe Concept Collection hanging in the hallway gallery of the second floor of Hirsch Hall. A second new painting by Stiles also joined the collection this week titled “Madam Vice President”. LIST OF WORKS:

  • 1961
  • Madam Vice President
  • American Presidents
  • The Law Oak
  • Athens Circa 1859
  • The Golden Rule Argument
  • Poll Tax
  • Loving vs. Virginia
  • A Brief History of UGA Law
  • UGA Outliers
  • Plessy vs. Ferguson
  • Arms
  • Special Field Orders, No. 15
Interpretations from the artist can be found in the digital exhibit as well as in the exhibit catalog booklet. All items in the Concept Collection are located in the Second Floor Gallery of the School of Law's Hirsch Hall. If you are able to visit the school in person, print copies of the catalog booklet are available in the hallway.
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1961

1961

Madam Vice President

Madam Vice President

A Brief History of UGA Law

A Brief History of UGA Law

American Presidents

American Presidents

Arms

Arms

Athens Circa 1859

Athens Circa 1859

Loving v. Virginia

Loving v. Virginia

Outliers

Outliers

Plessy v. Ferguson (pt. 1)

Plessy v. Ferguson (pt. 1)

Plessy v. Ferguson (pt. 2)

Plessy v. Ferguson (pt. 2)

Poll Tax

Poll Tax

SFO 15

SFO 15