2015 MFA in Visual Arts, Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University
1998 BFA in Animation, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Study Abroad, Burren College of Art. Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare, Ireland
1997 Certificate, Film Studies, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
2015-Present Adjunct Professor, Animation & Motion Media and Integrated Studies, Lesley Art + Design, Cambridge, MA
Bill Porter lives with an inherited retinal disorder called Retinitis Pigmentosa. It is a progressive disorder that greatly impacts his visual field, ability to see in low or bright light as well as other aspects of vision. Porter aims to use his platform as a legally blind, visual artist to educative the world about visual impairments by breaking stereotypes about it’s limitations.
Before venturing into the realms of painting and installation in 2013, Porter’s studio practice resided within the disciplines of illustration, photography and time-based media. In his professional career, Porter has worked as an illustrator, animator, multimedia designer, videographer, video graphic artist, graphic designer and 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 has worked as a motion graphics designer for clients in 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 has also served as a Juror of Animation for the Rhode Island International Film Festival since 2015.