William (Bill) Alan Porter is a multidisciplinary visual artist based in Massachusetts. His studio practice investigates the structure and influence of storytelling. Bill is also a passionate educator and disability advocate.
MFA in Visual Arts, Lesley Art + Design. (Art Institute of Boston)
BFA in Animation, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Certificate, Film Studies, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Study Abroad, Burren College of Art, Co. Claire, Ireland
Since 2015 Bill has served as an Adjunct Professor at Lesley Art + Design where he teaches in the Animation & Motion Media and the Integrated Studies departments.
From 1998-2013 Bill worked as a full-time professional artist and designer in a variety of disciplines and roles including character animator, motion media artist, illustrator, multimedia designer, videographer, graphic designer, photographer, and video 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 was a motion graphics designer with clients across 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, Porter’s illustrations have been published in seven countries.
VISUAL DISABILITY & ADVOCACY
Bill lives with an inherited retinal disorder called Retinitis Pigmentosa, a progressive eye disease. Since formally being diagnosed as “legally blind” in 2018, Porter has used his platform as a visual artist and educator to dispel stereotypes about the assumed limitations of people who identify as blind or visually impaired. Bill has spoken publicly in various forums about the spectrum of blindness and the unique distinction of being a “blind” artist and educator. Bill is an advocate for the disabled community in various ways including serving as chair and founder of the Lesley University Disability Advocacy and Education Group as well as a member of the Lesley Art + Design Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Justice Committee.
Bill is a member of a team of five Lesley University faculty across disciplines that conducted extensive research on effective peer feedback since 2016, which led to the development of a three-step protocol for effective peer critique/review. The research team recently wrote a book that includes their reaching findings and strategies for effective critique across disciplines and modalities. Student-Led Peer Review: A Practical Guide to Implementation Across Disciplines and Modalities