MFA in Visual Arts, Lesley Art + Design. (Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University)
BFA in Animation, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Study Abroad, Burren College of Art, Co. Claire, Ireland
Certificate, Film Studies, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Since 2015 Bill has served as an Adjunct Professor at Lesley Art + Design where he teaches in the Animation & VFX, Integrated Studies, and Foundations departments.
Prior to 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.
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 peer critique.
Student-Led Peer Review: A Practical Guide to Implementation Across Disciplines and Modalities
DISABILITY & ADVOCACY
Bill lives with an inherited retinal disorder that impairs his vision. He has spoken publicly in various forums about the cultural misconceptions about disabilities and the barriers of ableism. He is also founder and chair 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.