William V Grace


BFA Student

Major: Painting

Graduation Year: 2020


William was adopted by American parents when he was 8 ½ months old. Being adopted and moving to New York City gave William a world of opportunities from his new life. William spent the majority of his early life in NYC, however, during the second semester of high school he went to boarding school in Winchendon, Massachusetts. After graduating from high school, William returned home and attended a liberal arts college in the New York area. After his freshman year, he decided to take a gap year. William decided to start pursuing art as his main focus and in 2015, he was admitted to the Maine College of Art (MECA).

While growing up, William was always fascinated with the works of Vincent Van Gogh and his general style of work. But art wasn’t a constant in his life. As late as 5th grade, the art class wasn’t even part of his schedule. His main exposure to art as a young child came from doing art with his aunt. Before William began pursuing art in college, he had very few experiences with art. However, William used his intuition and imagination to explore the unknown. Most of the art pieces he creates today come from his imagination, and or from ordinary objects that have interesting qualities, such as its form or color. Being more drawn to oil paintings and printmaking by creating more abstract work with the style of post-impressionist and abstract expressionism art. William is creating acrylic paintings on bedsheets and exploring water-based mediums like ink, watercolors, markers, and gouache.