William Borden, a native of Indianapolis, is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art where he earned a B.F.A. in industrial design. He was employed for thirty years as a designer by the Ford Motor Company Design Center in Dearborn Michigan and the Ford Research Centre in Melbourne Australia. A freshman class at Cleveland sparked an intense interest in transparent watercolor painting and since the early 70’s he has pursued a second career as a painter of landscapes and mechanical compositions. In 1988 he was elected a signature member of the American Watercolor Society. He retired from Ford in 1997 and is now a full time watercolor painter living in Hanover, Indiana.
Bill’s work has been displayed in a number of well known local and national exhibits, the most notable of which are the American Watercolor Society, the Allied Artist’s Exhibit, and the Audubon Annual in New York City, the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio, the Rocky Mountain National in Golden, Colorado, Watercolor USA in Springfield, Missouri, Watercolor West in Riverside, California, The Hoosier Salon in Indianapolis and Scarab Club exhibits in Detroit, Michigan. He has been included in four of the American Watercolor Society’s traveling exhibits and received that organizations Kitty Logan Award. He has also been included in the Watercolor U.S.A. traveling exhibit, received the American Academy of Art award from the Midwest Watercolor Society and numerous awards in annual Scarab Club exhibits.
In addition to the A.W.S. Bill holds signature memberships in the Watercolor U.S.A. Honor Society and the Watercolor Society of Indiana. He is also active in the Indiana Plein Air Painters Association, the Indiana Artist’s Club and Indiana Heritage Arts. He has instructed numerous watercolor painting workshops in Michigan, Indiana, and Kentucky. Chris Unwin’s books, the Artistic Touch, The Artistic Touch 2, and The Artistic Touch 3 include examples of his work and he contributed an article on his mechanical paintings for the June 2001 issue of The Artist’s Magazine. He is one of ten Indiana artists chosen to contribute paintings for the book “The Changing Face of Agriculture” to be released by Indiana University Press in July of 06. The book is part of a cooperative project by the Indiana Plein Air Painters and The Center for Agricultural Science and Heritage, which will also include a traveling exhibit of ten paintings each by the ten artists.
Bill’s work is available at the Brown County Art Guild in Nashville, IN, The Hoosier Salon Galleries in Indianapolis and New Harmony, IN, and the Madison Art Club Gallery and Rembrandt’s Gallery in Madison, IN.