Collection: Bill Schwab

Bill Schwab learned to use a pencil to create images not long after he learned to feed himself by using a spoon. Unlike other kids who create art at an early age, he never stopped drawing.

After high school he attended the Art Academy of Cincinnati, a traditional studio school where he studied drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture and painting and graduated with a major in Fine Arts.

In addition to studying at the Art Students League in New York with Max Ginsburg and Ephraim Rubenstein, he continued his fine arts and graphic arts training at Arizona State University. He currently attends biweekly life drawing classes at Indiana University.

Bill worked for 30 years as an art director and creative director in the best advertising agencies in New York. Now he is a Professor of Practice at Indiana University. And throughout his careers, he never stopped drawing, painting and taking photographs of wherever in the world his life and work took him.

He views his work as an attempt to capture the fleeting moment, the transient visual effect of light at a certain place and time. He works on site with speed and directness to capture a feeling of immediacy and truthfulness.

Bill’s advertising and design work has been featured in many major award shows, his photography in the prestigious Graphis Annuals and his fine art paintings have been exhibited and won multiple awards in regional and international shows such as the 121st Annual exhibition at the Richmond Art Museum, Friends of T.C. Steele, Hoosier Art Salon in New Harmony IN, Garden State Watercolor Society and the International Light Space and Time shows.

Bill and his wife MarySue are members of the Art Students League, Indiana Plein Air Painters Association, the Brown County Art Guild, Upland Plein Air Painters, Friends of T.C. Steele, Bloomington Watercolor Society, and the Garden State Watercolor Society. 

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