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whpbiophotoWILLIAM HENRY PRICE grew up exploring the creeks and fields near Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He received an MFA degree from Mason Gross School of Art at Rutgers, and a BFA from Boston University. BU provided a classical training in figurative painting, but while there William was also greatly influenced by Phillip Guston. He taught painting and design at Seton Hall University for seven years before becoming co-director of the Cross-Cultural Institute in New York, a non-profit dedicated to inter-cultural cooperation and exchange. More recently he has taught Contemporary Art History and Drawing at Western Carolina University.

William’s paintings, often intricately detailed, express his lifelong enthusiasm for nature and mythology. “I want to show the intense, psychedelic vibrancy of things.” His writings and lectures on the arts of many cultures are narrated with the practicality and purpose of a working contemporary artist, and they also provide a set of poetic annotations to his own artistic iconography.

Education has been a lifelong endeavor, and William has taught college, high school, children and adults.

“Trying to teach art in this culture has caused us to re-evaluate the training of the artist. For the ancients, the training was incredibly rigorous, and one worked through stages of initiation for twelve years, twenty years even. Creativity was a critical responsibility, at the center of life. Art still carries these qualities, regardless of the lack of sacred traditions. So we’ve tried to find ways to prepare the art student to approach Nature, and to work with the powers inherent in language, image, and materials in a good way.”

The paintings of William Henry Price have been exhibited in many galleries and museums including the Zimmerli Art Museum, NJ; Yale Art & Architecture Gallery, CT; Waverly Gallery, NYC; National Academy of Design, NYC; Allentown Art Museum, PA; and the Fayetteville Museum of Art, NC.


M.F.A. in Painting,  Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of Fine Arts  1989
Brendan Byrne Fellowship
B.F.A. in Painting,  Boston University, School of Fine Arts  1974
Studies with Martin Prechtel at Bolad’s Kitchen, Ojo Caliente, NM,
       a rigorous school devoted to indigenous art and mythology   2005 - 2008
Studied Sacred Geometry at Kairos  in England and at Chartres Cathedral with Keith Critchlow,
       2003, 2004, 200
Studied Lindisfarne Gospels and related Medieval Manuscripts for one week at the British Library,
Studied and performed Frame Drums with Glen Velez  1990-96
Graduate of Don Campbell’s “Therapeutic Sound School”  1993
Certified “Music For People” teacher, a four year training program  1995

Western Carolina University, Adjunct Professor of Art    2007-09   Contemporary Art History,
       Introduction to Visual Art, Drawing II
Seton Hall University, Adjunct Professor of Art  1986-1993  Taught courses in Painting and Design
Co-director, Cross- Cultural Studies Program   1993-98.  CCSP is a non-profit institute dedicated
       to inter-cultural communication and cooperation through education, community service and
       liaison projects. Collaborations with Native American and Tibetan Elders as well as Asians and
       South Americans. Organized conferences, taught classes and designed an interdisciplinary
New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, Painting Instructor  1983-84
Vermont Music & Art Center, Art Director, summer  1982
Blair Academy, Blairstown, NJ, a private secondary school, Art Instructor,  1974-76  Taught courses
       in Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Design, Art History, American Art History
Art Director, Boys & Girls Club of Henderson County,  2000 – 02  Conducted drumming classes,
       coordinated music, theater and visual arts programs and performances
Numerous workshops, classes, lectures & demonstrations on Art, Music, and Culture
Performer and Teacher of Percussion, especially Frame Drums
Member of Executive Committee of The Gallery of South Orange in NJ  1994-96
Violist with the South Orange Symphony  1982-1996
Violist with Brevard Philharmonic, Blue Ridge Orchestra, various freelance orchestras and ensembles

Western Carolina University, Faculty Exhibition,  2008
Miya Gallery, Weaverville, NC  2006, 2007
Fayetteville Museum of Art, “Artists of Asheville”, NC  2003
Artists’ Roundtable, Asheville, NC  2005, 2004, 2003
Pierro Gallery, South Orange, NJ  1995
Pyramid Gallery, New York, “The Jane Doe Show”  1990
Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, NJ  1989
Yale Art and Architecture Gallery, New Haven, CT  1989
Rabbet Gallery, New Brunswick, NJ  1989
Korby Gallery, Cedar Grove, NJ  1987, 1988
New Jersey Center For Visual Arts, Summit, NJ  1983, 1984
Waverly Gallery, New York  1979, 1980, 1981, 1982
Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, NJ, “Spectrum ‘79”  1979
Allentown Art Museum Annual, Allentown, PA  1978
National Academy of Design Annual, New York  1977

Front Gallery, Asheville, NC  2004
Unitarian Universalist Church, Hendersonville, NC  2000
Pierro Gallery, South Orange, NJ  1995
Episcopal Academy, Philadelphia, PA  1990
Walters Gallery, Rutgers, New Brunswick, NJ  1989
Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ  1987
Kent Place Gallery, Summit, NJ  1985,1979
Lyndon State College, Lyndonville, VT  1982
New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, Summit, NJ  1982
Blair Academy, Blairstown, NJ  1982
York College, York, PA  1981
Annie S. Kemerer Museum, Bethlehem, PA  1978



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