Photo by Thomas Sawyer http://www.sirthomas.co/

Photo by Thomas Sawyer http://www.sirthomas.co/

Billy has dedicated the past twenty plus years, since and during high school: working in the arts, making art, exhibiting art, and teaching art. In January of 2016 Billy joined NewBridge as their Teaching Artist of Ceramics.

In high school Billy studied graphic arts at a local Vocational Technical School. In 2001 he earned his BFA in painting from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. As an undergraduate student he received several Academic Excellence Awards and scholarships, most notably the Charles B. Hamilton Painting Scholarship. Beyond the completion of his undergraduate coursework, he studied painting, drawing, printmaking, and ceramics abroad as a foreign exchange student at the Academy of Fine Art & Design in Bratislava, Slovakia.

In the fall of 2008, with the acceptance of a graduate assistant scholarship, he began his Masters Studies at Kent State University. During an intensive two year program he had the honor of studying under many distinguished professors and accomplished artists, including the late Kirk Mangus and Craig Lucas. In 2010 he earned his MFA from Kent State University.

Beyond graduate school he has continued to make, exhibit, and sell new bodies of work while teaching workshops and classes at several of the Cleveland based Art Centers and Schools. In 2013 he was hired as an Adjunct Professor of Ceramics at Cuyahoga Community College. In addition to his professorial duties at the college, he has worked as the College Ceramics Lab Technician, 2013-2016.

In March of 2015 he opened his first bricks and mortar studio business in the historic Artcraft Building, located in the Superior Arts District of Downtown Cleveland Ohio. In December of 2015 he relocated his studio to the Hildebrandt Building, located in the Clark Fulton neighborhood of Cleveland. Presently he is continuing to craft several limited edition product lines of functional ceramics and large sculptural vessels for exhibition and sale.

Aside from Billy’s academic and artistic accomplishments he has served various roles in the art world, most notably as the Director of Exhibitions at the International Museum of Art & Science in McAllen, Texas. In addition to his ceramic works, drawings, and paintings, his limited edition art books are available exclusively at Printed Matter in New York City.