BiographyWilliam Berry was born in 1933 in Jacksonville, TX. He studied with Everett Spruce at the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned a B.F.A. in 1955. In 1957, he earned his M.F.A. in painting and drawing from the University of Southern California. For the next several years, he worked as an illustrator and painter in New York City. In 1968, Berry began a long and distinguished teaching career as an assistant professor of art at the University of Texas at Austin. From 1974-78, he served as an associate professor of art at Boston University, School of Visual Art. In 1978, he became a professor of art at the University of Missouri in Columbia, where he is now a professor emeritus. In 1989, the university awarded him the William H. Byler Distinguished Professor Award, and in 1991-1992, he was the recipient of a Curators' Professorship, an annual award given to a faculty member at Missouri in recognition of their scholarship and professional reputation.
Berry’s list of awards and fellowships is extensive. Among them are a Rockefeller Foundation Grant as an artist-in-residence at the Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio, Italy; a six-time Fellow at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, NH; selection by the Altos de Chavon Foundation to serve as artist-in-residence at the International Artists’ Colony in the Dominican Republic; and countless citations and awards from competitions and exhibitions. In 1990, thirty-two of his drawings were toured by the Mid America Arts Alliance and Exhibits USA in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, and in 2002, he received the CPSA Award for Exceptional Merit and CIPPY Trophy from the Colored Pencil Society of America. Berry’s work has been included in over 500 exhibitions and solo shows, both here and abroad. Among them are the Galleria Schneider in Rome, Italy; USIA Gallery in Athens, Greece; AFME Gallery in New York City; the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA; and the Montalvo Center for the Arts, Saratoga, CA. Several private and public collections hold examples of his work. Among them are the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks; The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT; Hallmark in Kansas City, MO; the Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts in New Castle, PA; and the Margaret Harwell Art Museum in Poplar Bluff, MO.
Works by Berry have been featured in several publications, including Esquire, Newsweek, The New York Times, and Sports Illustrated. He has also created cover art for books published by Random House, Doubleday, Alfred A. Knopf, Scribner’s Sons, and Time, Inc., to name only a few. He has twice been profiled in the American Artist magazine. The news articles and catalogs that include his work are simply too numerous to list, as are his dozens of workshops, symposia, and lectures. He is the author of Drawing the Human Form (New York: Van Nostrand, Reinhold Publishing Company, 1977) a book that has been widely adopted by art departments across the country.
Source of BiographyGoldman, Betsy Schein. “William A. Berry”. American Artist. 51 (February 1987), 68-73; Wikipedia, March 5, 2009.