Bill Curran was born in Brooklyn, NY, in 1959, and grew up in Freeport, Long Island. Bill first attended The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, majoring in Advertising Design. He continued his education in New York City, at the School of Visual Arts, Fashion Institute of Technology, Parsons School of Design, and The Art Students League. For sixteen years he was an art director and illustrator for Lord & Taylor in New York City; his work appeared regularly in The New York Times.
Bill has had numerous one-person exhibitions at cultural landmarks, galleries, and museums in the United States, including the Empire State Building and Pierre Deux Antiques, both in New York City; and at the Hoboken Historical Museum, Hoboken City Hall, Hoboken Public Library, Barnes and Noble, Starbucks, Right Angle Framing, and the Jewish Community Center of Bayonne, all in New Jersey.
Mr. Curran’s work has been featured in group exhibitions at galleries and cultural centers in the tri-state area, including the Nexus Gallery, Times Square Gallery, The Cork Gallery, The West Side Arts Coalition, Marque Café, and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, all in New York; and at the Monroe Center for the Arts, in New Jersey. Notably, his pastel drawing, “Manhattan from Hoboken,” was selected by painter Jane Freilicher for inclusion in the 1995 Bowery Gallery summer exhibition in New York City. His work is in numerous public and private collections.
In 2013, Bill was one of twelve artists selected to join Fairfield Porter’s niece, Anina Porter Fuller, to paint on Great Spruce Head Island, Maine, at the family’s 100-year-old estate. That same year, Bill was invited, as a visiting artist, to share his Maine experience with students at Hoboken’s Hudson School’s program for gifted children.
Currently, Mr. Curran is the Museum Associate at the Hoboken Historical Museum, New Jersey. He teaches privately at his studio and just completed his second term teaching at the Jewish Community Center of Bayonne, New Jersey.