Short Biography

Bud Tullis was born in 1938 in Long Beach, California. He received his Masters Degree in Art at Long Beach State University in 1976 and moved to his current home in Solvang, California in 1977. He started producing custom designed commission furniture in 1972. Bud has been in more than 40 exhibitions and published in more than 25 newspapers, magazines and books.

Detailed Biography

1938- Born in Long Beach, CA
1956- Entered University of Utah School of Architecture
1959- Inherited family welding supply business-sold 1971
1973- Bachelor of Arts - California State University, Fullerton. Field of study: jewelry, metalsmithing, and furniture design.
1974- Apprentice under Art Espenet Carpenter Master Furniture Craftsman
1976- Master of Arts - California State University, Long Beach. Field of study: woodworking and furniture design.
1976 to present-Began designing and fabricating commission furniture.
1982 Began working with Paul Tuttle furniture designer and was resposible for all of Paul's custom furniture pieces until Paul”s death in 2002; Bud also continues his own custom work to this day

Creating Modern Furniture Dona Meilach, 1974
Crafts 1976 So. Cal. Design and Craft, Inc. 1976
Buyers Book of American Crafts 1981/82
American Craft Enterprise, 1981
Paul Tuttle Designs, 2003

Magazines and Newspapers:
Artweek 1972
Long Beach Press Telegram 1973, 1975
Sacramento Bee 1975
Denver Post 1975
Town and Country USA 1976
Santa Barbara News Press 1987, 2002, 2007
Santa Ynez Valley News 1979, 1981, 1987, 1990, 2001, 2002
Woodworker West Profile 2000
Custom Woodworking Business-Design Portfolio Award 2000
Santa Barbara Independent 2002, 2007
San Francisco Chronicle 2002
California Homes of Architecture, Arts and Design 2002
Santa Barbara News Press,Valley Living; 2004
The Santa Ynes Valley Journal: 2005
Santa Maria Sun 2007

Exhibitions, Competitions, and Invitationals (*denotes catalog):
Design West; Los Angeles, 1972, 1973
California Expo; Sacramento, 1973*
Chairs in Motion; Fullerton, 1974*
California Crafts IX; 1974 (Award)*
So--Cal Expo; Del Mar, 1975 (Award), 1977 (Award)*
Contemporary Crafts of the Americas; Fort Collins, 1975*
California Design ‘76; 1976*
S.C.D.C. Membership Show; Santa Barbara, 1976
California Crafts X; 1977*
Contemporary Designs: Wood; 1978 (Invitational)
Religious Art & Architecture; Sun City, Arizona, 1979
New Hand Made Furniture; New York, 1979
The Signature; San Francisco, 1980 (Invitational)
The Singular One; Los Angeles, 1980 (Invitational)
American Craft Enterprise; San Francisco, 1981
Mills House; Garden Grove, 1983 (Invitational)
Santa Barbara Arts Festival; 1984, 1988, 1989
One Man Show; Los Olivos, 1987
Ingrained Image; Riverside, 1990 (Invitational)*
Charity; Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, 1994 (Invitational)*
Affaire in the Gardens; Beverly Hills, 1994 (1st Place)
Home Work; Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, 1995 (Invitational)
La Quinta Arts Festival; La Quinta, CA, Spring 1995 (Award of Excellence); Fall 1995; Spring 2000; Spring 2002
New Work; Bud Tullis and Seyburn Zorthian; Design Arc, Santa Barbara, 1995
Craftmakers 19th Juried Exhibition; San Luis Obispo, CA, 1995
La Jolla Festival of the Arts and Food Faire; La Jolla, CA, Spring 1995
Scottsdale Artfest ‘95; Scottsdale, AZ, Fall 1995
California Design ‘97;San Francisco, CA Jan. 1997
Santa Barbara Sculpture Guild; “Sculpture ‘97”; May 1997 (Award)
1997 Box and Container Show; Fine NW Woodworking; Seattle, WA. Dec. 1997
San Luis Obispo Art Center, San Luis Obispo, CA 1998
Art Furnishings Show; Santa Monica, CA. Spring 2000
Design In Wood; Del Mar Fair 2000; Del Mar, CA. Spring 2000
New Works in Wood; Elverjoy Museum; Solvang, CA: Summer 2000(Invitational)
The Birthday Party; Brand Galleries; Glendale CA; Spring 2001( Invitational)*
Fine Art Santa Barbara; Santa Barbara, CA: Fall 2001
Craftmakers 25th Juried Exhibition;Award of Excellence;SLO, CA 2001
Enviromental Defence Council, Santa Barbara,CA 2002; Group Show
California Design 2002 San Francisco, CA May 2002
Art Furnishing Show, Pasadena, CA May 2002
LA Artcore, Los Angeles CA June 2002
San Luis Obispo Art Center, San Luis Obispo, CA:2003
The Guild Returns;Elverhoy Museum;Solvang, CA, Fall 2003(Invitational)
Beneath the Grain: Art for the Living; Solvang, CA; Fall 2004
Mobile:Local Treasures; Livingreen; Santa Barbara, CA 2005 (Invitational)
Reflections in Wood;Elverhoy Museum; Solvang, CA; Fall 2006 (Invitatioal)
Individual Artist Award Winner-Woodworking; Santa Barbara Arts Fund; Spring '07
Shades of Green, Group Show-Invitational, Los Angeles, CA 2007