Bill Porter

Adjunct Animation Faculty

Bill Porter Portrait

Bill Porter, is a multidisciplinary visual artist whose studio practice investigates the structures and influence of storytelling. Bill is a graduate of our MFA in Visual Arts program and earned his BFA in Animation from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Prior to his focus on teaching and his own studio art practice, Bill worked as a professional animator, illustrator, multimedia designer, videographer, video graphic artist and editor. He designed and animated character driven, interactive educational media and animated promotional videos for clients such as PBS Kids, Addison Wesley, and the Aardvark Design Group.

Bill has worked as a motion graphics designer for clients in a variety of sectors including broadcast (WLVI 56), tech companies (HP), and government agencies (US Secret Service). He has also worked in other phases of production including directing and editing videos for Simmons College, Boston College and Coldwell Banker. As a freelance illustrator, Bill designed characters and environments for website interfaces and marketing materials. In addition to contract work, his illustrations have been published in seven countries. Bill has also served as a Juror of Animation for the Rhode Island International Film Festival since 2015.

Exhibitions

Impart: Works by Bill Porter | Chandler Gallery | Cambridge, MA

Myths and Valor | The Front Space | Rollinsford, NH

Up/Rooted | Brookline Arts Center | Brookline, MA

Half-Truth | Manifest Gallery | Cincinnati, OH

A Group Thing | Thomas Young Gallery | Boston, MA

New England Collective VII | Galatea Fine Art | Boston, MA

New England Collective VII | Galatea Fine Art | Boston, MA

Magnitude Seven | Manifest Gallery | Cincinnati, OH

15th Annual National Prize Show | Kathryn Schultz Gallery | Cambridge Art Association | Cambridge, MA

Repurposed | Core New Art Space | Denver, CO

Directions | Roberts Gallery | Lesley University | Cambridge, MA

New New England | Gallery 263 | Cambridge, MA

Folktales and Legends: An Exhibition Without Borders | John Michael Kohler Center for the Arts | Sheboygan, WI

Small Works Salon 2015: Word + Image | Chandler Gallery | Cambridge, MA

This into That: Found Object Art, Assemblage, and Other Transformed Work | Nave Gallery Annex | Somerville, MA

‘Auto-biography’: Artists (Re)Writing and Telling Histories | WoCA Projects | Ft. Worth, TX

Emerge Boston | Menino Arts Center | Hyde Park, MA

Publications

"Manifest International Painting Annual 7", Fresh Paint Magazine. Issue 15, October 2016.

“Animals Among Us: Strangeness, Intimacy, and Reciprocity.” About Place Journal. Volume IV, Issue II. Black Earth Institute.

Personal Website