Bill Brown was raised in an environment of artistic exploration and creative exchange at Penland School of Crafts, in the mountains of North Carolina. This unique environment allowed him to participate in the creative process with both established and emerging artists. Browns educational process continued with a year-long apprenticeship in 1977 to artist & blacksmith Ivan Bailey in Savannah, Georgia. In 1978, he received a National Endowment for the Arts scholarship grant to participate in a research exchange project with master blacksmiths at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Since opening his studio in 1978, Brown has created numerous sculptures and sculptural commissions for individual and corporate collectors across the United States. Invitational exhibitions, competitions, gallery shows, and museum exhibitions have also included examples of his work in a wide range of exhibitions.
â€œEvery day, I continue the process of artistic exploration that I have always followed. I use sculpture to bring form and flowing shape to my life experiences and emotions, expressing my views of the world around me and within me. I draw inspiration from my life experiences, music, travel and the natural environment. I continually explore the plasticity of steel, working to transform it, along with peoples views of this rigid industrial material. My work is about being open to go where the artistic journey takes me and about sharing this with others through my sculpture.â€