William Harroff:
America’s Favorite Unknown Artist

My professional life of putting words and pictures together has taken me on adventures around the world. I was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Regional Fellowship, an NEA Regional Artists' Project grant, the Frank B. Sessa Scholarship, the Governor's International Exchange Program Grant, a Women’s Studio Workshop fellowship, residencies at the Ragdale Foundation, Tanaka Ikueikai Educational Trust and the New Zealand Pacific Studio, and top honors in several international art competitions. I have exhibited extensively at museums and galleries throughout the United States and Europe, including the Corcoran Gallery, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and the Vasarely Museum in Budapest. My work was also included in the Smithsonian Institution’s Visual Artists Fellowship Archive at the National Museum of American Art. I have studied and taught with some of the finest book artists including Ed Hutchins, Richard Minsky, Gary Frost, Robert Smith, Susan King, Audrey Niffenegger, Julie Chen and Hedi Kyle.

I hold degrees with Highest Distinction from Purdue University, Indiana University and the Internationale Sommerakademie fur Bildende Kunst in Austria. My bookworks are included in the collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Experimental Arts Foundation, Purdue University and the New York Public Library, among many others. I taught illustration for several years at Oskar Kokoschka's "School of Vision" in Salzburg, Austria, and have held faculty positions at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Oklahoma State University and McKendree University.