Bill Carman


The summer 2016 summer workshop will be the first year Bill Carman instructs at the Academy. 

The summer 2016 summer workshop will be the first year Bill Carman instructs at the Academy. 

I entered a local convenience store. Upon taking my purchases to the counter a young clerk remarked, “Dude, your head is perfectly round.” Pause, my reply: “Uh, thank you?” One would think that in such a perfectly round dome ideas and images might be orbiting neatly. But if my head were opened it would be quite messy. A lot goes in and if I did not let some out, an eye might pop.

Though my work can be meticulous in its execution, my mind scribbles, jumps, spins, and spits. Surface speaks to me and things emerge as unknown yet familiar characters and unbalancing juxtapositions. Some pieces divulge narratives as I paint, some stare back and challenge that mad place that lies deep in our brains. I’ve worked as a designer, illustrator, teacher and art director at universities, ad agencies, publishers, and large corporations. I have always free-lanced and exhibited and have been included in annuals like the Society of Illustrators, Spectrum, 3x3, American Illustration and have even finagled some medals. I have a client list which includes a children’s book with Random House.