WILLIAM HENRY PRICE grew up exploring the creeks and fields near Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He received an MFA degree from Rutgers, Mason Gross School of Art, 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'm painting inside the visible world, where everything is vibrant and alive." 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 these last few decades has caused me 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. Even in our time, Art still carries these qualities, regardless of the loss 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.