We are sorry to announce that Bill died on Sunday, November 20th, 2011. Our hearts go out to Elaine, his wife. And we are thankful for the time we were able to spend with Bill over the years. (The Times Picayune)
Bill began his college career in the medical field. One anatomy class project was enough to turn his head toward art, sculpture in particular and Bill never looked back. He has managed his own studio/foundry in the New Orleans area since 1972 and produces approximately 35 new bronzes a year.
Bill’s commissioned public sculptures include the Louisiana State Vietnam War Memorial, the citrus workers for the city of Orlando, FL, and Ignatius Reilly, the fictional New Orleans character from the book “The Confederacy of Dunces” by John Kennedy Toole.
Bill has taught at Tulane and Loyola Universities and been the visiting artist in Louisiana, Florida, Georgia and North Carolina. His 3000 square foot foundry in Albany, LA provides bronze casting for regional sculptors and architects and is the longest continuously-operating art foundry in the state of Louisiana. Bill and his foundry have participated in the work/study programs at Tulane and Loyola, providing work experience and class credits for students.
His work is in the collections of such entities as Alabama Power and Light, Standard Oil Company, and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. He has had 29 one-man shows and is exhibited nationally.
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