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BFA, Memphis College of Art
MFA, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Bill Price is a working artist/blacksmith, and full-time assistant professor of Metal Arts and Sculpture at Memphis College of Art. In 2006 he earned a master’s degree in Blacksmithing from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and has a BFA from Memphis College of Art. Bill maintains a studio and blacksmiths shop, making both functional and sculptural pieces for private and corporate collections. He has shown work extensively, in both juried and invitational exhibitions, throughout the U.S. and abroad.
Bill has been nominated for the 2013 Emmett O’Ryan Award for Artistic Inspiration and two Niche Awards. His work has recently been added to the permanent collections of the Arkansas Art Center in Little Rock and the Kamm Teapot Foundation in Sparta, NC.
Bill’s sculptural work draws inspiration from natural forms, predominantly birds. Some pieces are purely representational studies, taken from direct field observations, while others are interpretations exploring the posture, gesture, action and linear nature of the avian species.
Steel, sometimes accompanied by limestone, wood and vitreous enamels, is Bill’s material of choice. Drawing from his extensive knowledge of traditional blacksmithing techniques he forges and fabricates steel into compositions that exploit and exaggerate the natural lines and volumes of the subject.
Recent research explores the relationship that exists between the hunter and the hunted. Components from discarded firearms are disassembled and integrated into sculptural forms (aka “Gunducks”). These new species exhibit qualities allowing them to defend themselves and even turn the tide of aggression, thus reversing the role of hunter and prey and providing them with a means of defense and even revenge.