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About Will​

 

I was born in the Austrian Alps to a German mother and American father. Early in life my artistic interests were revealed when as a small child, I began drawing pictures and telling my mother how they needed to be done just right. Growing up I continued to create pictures and by middle school I knew I wanted to be an artist. During my undergraduate years in college I was given a camera and very quickly realized I had found my medium for artistic expression.

 

My formal artistic training in photography began in the Media Arts graduate program at the University of South Carolina. After finishing the program specializing in still photography, I was accepted into the Master of Fine Arts Photography program at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. After two very cold years in upstate New York I completed the MFA degree in Photography and returned south.

 

Teaching part time at the University of South Carolina and doing commercial projects I could continue creating fine art photographs.

 

Through the years, I have had my art work shown in over a hundred exhibitions - partial listing:

·         “Selected Works” Red Eye Gallery - Rhode Island School of Design

·         Annual Show and National Print Competition Ledel Gallery - New York, NY

·         SC Arts Commission Juried Show Exhibition, Gibbes Art Gallery - Charleston, SC

·         “Columbia Churches”, Columbia Art Museum - Columbia, SC

·         “Lost in Space”, The Light Factory - Charlotte, NC

 

My fine art photographs are in numerous collections both public and private - partial listing:

·         Wachovia Bank

·         SC State Art Collection

·         Bank America

·         Blue Cross and Blue Shield

 

I have received numerous awards for my art both locally and nationally - partial listing:

·         Ten for the Future The Columbia Record Newspaper

·         Top 100 New Photographers Annual Photographic Awards NYC

·         1st Place Photography SC State Fair Arts Competition

·         Merit Award Annual Springs Art Show

·         Gallery Award Eastman Kodak

 

My art works have been featured in several periodicals and books: 

Periodicals

·         Black and White Photography

·         Carolina Art News

·         The State News Paper

Books

·         Columbia the 200th Year

·         Lower Saluda River Corridor Plan

·         and soon to be released Saluda River

 

I enjoy sharing what I have learn about photography with others and have had several opportunities:

·         Media Arts Dept. and Art Dept. USC - Columbia, SC

·         Columbia Art Museum - Columbia, SC

·         Light Factory - Charlotte, NC

·         Monroe Community College - Rochester, NY

·         Rochester Institute of Technology - Rochester, NY

 

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