Bill Howard Armstrong Biography

Bill Howard Armstrong




Bill Howard Armstrong, printmaker, painter, and teacher, was born in Horton, Kansas on 13 December 1926 to Pearl Marion and Elise Nettie Armstrong. He studied at Bradley University in Peoria and received his BFA degree (cum laude) in 1949. After serving in the United State Air Force, he studied with Abraham Rattner at the University of Illinois at Urbana and received his MFA in 1955.

His teaching career began in 1955 when he was hired as an assistant professor in the art department at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and in 1963 he was recruited by Mississippi State University at Springfield to set up their Graphic Arts Department. He spent his career at Mississippi State University and also taught drawing, painting, and art history classes until his retirement in 1988. Armstrong is a member of and exhibited with the Society of American Graphic Artists, the Boston Printmakers, and Watercolor U.S.A. Honor Society. He was a founder and honorary president of Watercolor U.S.A. and was given a Lifetime Achievement award from the group in 2006. Armstrong was also a recipient of the Art Advisor award, Ford Foundation, 1957-58; Lifetime Achievement award from the Missouri Arts Council in 1990; Ozzig award from the Springfield Area Arts Council in 2003; and an Appreciation award, Missouri State University Alumni in 2005.

Bill Howard Armstrong's work is represented in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, Krannert Museum at the University of Illinois, and the Springfield Art Museum.