Bill Steffy (William George Steffy), beloved artist and mainstay of the Houston art scene, died this morning. He was 82.
Steffy was born in Moline, Illinois, in 1933. He studied at Arizona State University and the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles, before settling in Houston in the late 1960s. Known primarily as a silversmith, his jewelry could be seen adorning many Houstonians, including his wife of many years, the gallerist Betty Moody, and his daughter Lee Steffy. One of his most remarkable pieces is a life-sized skull cast in solid silver.
The Moody Gallery is closed in remembrance of him until May 19.
A celebration of his life is being planned and we will update this information as we receive it.