photo pf Bill Porter

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 Porter has served as an Adjunct Professor at Lesley Art + Design, Cambridge, MA. He teaches filmmaking courses (Junior Seminar & Sophomore Seminarin the Animation & Motion Media department and first-year studio art courses (Image in Context)  in the Integrated Studies departments at LA+D.

In 2013 Porter made the big shift from a career as a professional artist and designer to a focus on a personal studio art practice and teaching. As part of this evolution, Porter began
working in visual art mediums that he had limited experience working with like painting, collage, and sculpture. Prior to that, Porter’s studio practice resided within the realms of illustration, photography, and filmmaking.

From 1998-2013 Porter worked as a full-time professional artist and designer in a variety of mediums 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. Porter 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, Porter designed characters and environments for website interfaces and marketing materials. In addition to contract work, Porter’s illustrations have been published in seven countries.

Porter 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. Porter has spoken publicly in various forums about the spectrum of blindness and the unique distinction of being a “blind” artist and professor. Porter 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.

Porter is a member of a team of five Lesley University faculty across disciplines that have conducted extensive research on effective peer feedback since 2016, which lead 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 is being published by Stylus Publishing LLC and is due in bookstores in October 2022.