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 William Hubert (Bill) Perkins  (1905 - 1966)



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Lived/Active: Iowa/California/Missouri      Known for: painting, teaching, illustration, graphics

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Born in Huntsville, Missouri, William Perkins spent his childhood in Council Bluffs, Iowa, where he graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School (1924). Perkins then enrolled at Grinnell College (Grinnell, Iowa) and studied there in two sessions, 1924-1925 and 1925-1926, never declaring a major course of study. He later attended the Art Institute of Chicago and was a student during both sessions of the Stone City art colony.

While continuing to reside in western Iowa, Perkins created a mural for his former high school titled Lewis and Clark and exhibited his oil painting Prices at the 1934 Iowa Art Salon (Iowa State Fair), winning honorable mention in this category. A 1935 showing at the salon, titled Stand Pipe, Western Iowa, became part of a Public Works Administration (PWA) touring collection. Local newspaper coverage noted his completion of two murals for the Salvation Army Church in 1935; a mural commission for the First Lutheran Church (Council Bluffs, Iowa) was installed in 1936.

Perkins soon relocated to California, and as World War II encompassed American life, he joined the U.S. Navy and was briefly stationed in the Aleutian Islands as a technical sergeant. While there, he assisted operations to regain control from the Japanese. In the late 1930s, Perkins briefly lived in Chicago, where he worked as a freelance illustrator. By 1940, he had transferred to Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, LA) and joined the John McCrady Art School, located in New Orleans at 910 Bourbon Street. While a student, Perkins participated in numerous, significant exhibitions, including the "Thirteen Artists at War" show (1946), promoting New Orleans artists who served in the armed forces.

He was also associated with H. L. Pease Publications as the company's art director, the Souhart Advertising Agency, and Charles Foster Advertising Agency, all located in New Orleans. Perkins received his McCrady school teaching appointment in September 1949, emphasizing illustration, layout, and design. After a short tenure, he then returned to California, choosing to teach at a Carmel colony for artists and writers. In his later years, Perkins was employed by Lockheed Aircraft Company (Lockheed Martin) as a graphic artist and died in Sunnyvale, California in March 1966. He is buried in the Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Mateo, California.

The Stone City Art Colony and School 1932-1933: William H. Perkins;

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