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William Donovan

Educational Summary

M.F.A. 2006 Painting, University of Iowa, Iowa City IA
M.A. 2003 Painting, University of Iowa, Iowa City IA
B.F.A. 2001 Painting, University of Massachusetts, Amherst MA

Professional Experience

Fall 2007 to Present, Adjunct Art Professor, Adelphi University, Garden City and Manhattan, NY

Fall 2003 and Spring 2006, Instructor of Record, Teaching Assistantship, Basic Drawing, University of Iowa

Areas of Specialization: Traditional Figure Drawing and Painting, Journal/Time Related Art, Collaborative Exhibitions


2008 to 2009 Assistant to Diana Cooper, Brooklyn, NY


2003 Mildred Pelzer Lynch Fellowship
2001 to 2003 University of Iowa Arts Fellowship
2001 Berkshire Art Association Fellowship

Exhibition Record

Small Works, Transmission Gallery, Richmond VA

Paintallica, Country Club Projects, Los Angeles CA
Human Side of War, United Theological Seminary, Minneapolis MN
Sketchbook Project, Art House Co-op Gallery, Atlanta GA, Brooklyn NY
One plus One’s a crowd (Uno más uno, multitud), Domestico, Madrid Spain
BIN Paintallica, Seed Collective, AVA Center, Chattanooga TN

Jamie Boling and Bill Donovan, Transmission Gallery, Richmond VA
Paintallica, T:BA 08, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland OR
Portraits, Hallway Bathroom Gallery, San Francisco CA

The Word Made Fresh, Transmission Gallery, Richmond VA

Paintallica, Western Exhibitions Gallery, Chicago, IL
MFA Thesis Show, University of Iowa Art Museum, I.C., IA

Deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan with the Iowa National Guard

Like a Metaphor, In a Knife Fight; Drewelowe Gallery, University of Iowa, I.C., IA

Easter Collaborative, Byron Burford Gallery, Universtiy of Iowa, I.C., IA
Northern National Juried Competition, Rhinelander, WI
Big Ten Exhibition, Big Ten Center, Chicago, IL

Texas National, Juror: Sandy Skoglund, Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX
Peter Feldstein's Selection, Hudson River Gallery, Iowa City, IA
Recent Collaborations, Drewelowe Gallery, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Glad to Be Here, Byron Burford Gallery, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Berkshire Art Association Fellowship Show, Berkshire Artisan Gallery, Pittsfield, MA


Johnston, Andrew; “Feature Article: Bill Donovan,” Zinearcade No.1, November 2007
Skoglund, Sandy; “Texas National 2002,” Exhibition Catalog
Drawing Center Viewing Program Artist Registry:
Gannon, Victoria; "Hallway Bathroom Gallery," KQED ARTS
Silverman, Jessica; “Jessica Silverman visits Brion Rosch’s Studio,” White Hot Magazine, November 2008


“How to Draw Pictures in Kandahar, Pretext No. 1,” Self Published, June 2007


Volunteer editor for the Open Directory Project in the Arts/Weblogs section, the only human edited source used by Google

Visiting Artist/Lecturer

Lecture on the topic of collaboration to Emily Noelle Lambert's drawing class at Parsons at the CUE foundation, Manhattan NY
Florida State College at Jacksonville

Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA



Diana Cooper
Brooklyn, NY

Dan Attoe
Adjunct Professor
Portland State University

Susan White
Area Head Painting and Drawing
University of Iowa
141 North Riverside Drive, 150 Art Building West
Iowa City, IA 52242-7000
(319) 339-1069

Technical Abilities

Digital Image Editing
Digital Photography
Wood Cut Printing
Self Publishing
Corel Painter X
Intuos Digital Drawing Tablets

Military Awards

Combat Infantryman's Badge