Saturday, March 15, 2008
Bill Schmidt: Outside of Time opens Saturday, March 22
Bill Schmidt Bio
Bill Schmidt was born in Trenton, New Jersey in 1947. He studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine before moving to Baltimore in 1969. He received an MFA from the Hoffberger School of Painting at Maryland Institute College of Art in 1971. He has exhibited his painting, drawing, and sculpture extensively in the Mid-Atlantic region. He has received numerous grants and awards including two Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards, one in Sculpture (1990) and one in Painting (2008). In June of 2004 he attended the Alfred and Trafford Klots Residency Program in Rochefort-en-Terre, France.
After teaching for a decade following graduate school, he began working in the field of restoration, first on gilded objects and then on furniture finishes. In 2001 he became the Interim Director of the Post-Baccalaureate Program at the Maryland Institute College of Art after being its Resident Artist since 1996. In 2007 he was appointed Director, a position he continues to hold.
In addition to his life as an artist, he is a musician who has played traditional American music on fiddle, banjo, and guitar for over 30 years. He is a member of the Double Decker String Band and the Hoover Uprights. To hear selections by both bands go to www.5-string.com
For more images and information, go to www.billschmidt.org.