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Artist Profile - William C. Culbertson


  2004-Present         Executive Producer/Director, Whooplah! LLC
                                     Creating family entertainment video for broadcast.

  1986-Present         Sculptor / Designer
                                     Creating works of Fine Art upon commission in a variety of media 
                                     and producing prototypes and production patterns in all media to 
                                     the toy and amusement industries.

  2010-Present         Assistant Professor

                                    New England Institute of Technology, Warwick , RI. Teaching 3D 

                                    Computer Graphics Modeling, Sculpture and Drawing in the 

                                    IT-Game Development and Simulation Programming Department.

  2001-2010              Instructor/Visiting Lecturer:                                                          
                                     Framingham State College, MA (Illustrator, Photoshop & Quark Xpress)
                                     Rhode Island School of Design CE (Animation)
                                     New England Institute of Technology (Drawing, Sculpture, CG Modeling)

  1984-1986              Design Director, Hasbro, Inc., Pawtucket, RI.
                                     Responsible for Research and Design Sculpture staff of thirteen.         
                                     Including all aspects of managing projects and personnel, and     
                                     corporate interactions necessary to successfully meet and exceed
                                     departmental goals.
  1983-1984              Senior Industrial Designer, Hasbro Industries, Inc.
                                     Responsible for design and execution of toy prototypes and           
                                     production patterns in three-dimensional format and generation
                                     of new product concepts.           
  1981-1983              Industrial Designer, Hasbro Industries, Inc.
                                     Responsible for design and execution of toy prototypes and       
                                     production  patterns in three-dimensional format. Licensed     
                                     characters worked on include Peanuts, Smurfs, Sesame Street, 
                                     G.I. Joe, Charmkins, and My Little Pony.


  1981                     Master of Art Education, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI.
                                    Thesis Concentration: Two-dimensional character design.

   1978                     B.S. Degree, Towson State University, Towson, MD.
                                    Fine Arts Major (Studio Emphasis), Honors in Art.


Awards / Commissions / Exhibition List 

2014    Direct Capital's 20th Anniversary National Competition Winner - Entrepreneurship


2012    Commission for Muppet Dawn, Jim Henson Memorial, City of Hyattsville, MD. 

 2011    Commission for 9-11 Freedom Memorial, North Smithfield, RI .


   2011     Commission for four 5’ diameter historical relief medallions depicting  Westshore, Tampa, FL. 

2010     Guest Speaker, Tri-State Sculptors Conference, Towson University , Towson , MD


2008     Commission for Puritas Promenade, Greater Cleveland Rapid Transit Authority, Cleveland , OH .

2007     Commission for Timberwolves Sculpture, Lake City Community College, Lake City, FL  

2006     Commission for Nature's Trust, Cooperative Extension Education Building, Orange County Public Art, Orlando, FL

2006     Commission for Student Body Promenade, Pennsylvania State University, State College PA

2006     Commission for East Innes Portal, City Gateway Sculptures, City of Salisbury, NC, Public Art Project.

2006     Crystal Award of Excellence for each Episode, 2 & 3 of “Li’l Rhody!”, The Communicator Awards

2006     The Telly Award, “Silver Telly” Awards for Episode 2 and Episode 3, “Li’l Rhody!”

2002     Commission for four 6’ diameter medallions of Ybor City, Interstate 4 Bridge Project, City of Tampa, Florida.

2001     Commission for large scale monument, Ames Circle of Arts, Ames, Iowa. Juried competition.

2001     Appearance on WGBH’s production of "This Old House" (show #2013) as concrete sculpture restoration specialist.

2000     Commission for Sculptural Clock Tower, Tampa Union Station, City of Tampa, Florida. Juried Competition.

2000     Commission for Architectural restoration of exterior details at Rock Cliff Mansion, Newport,  RI

1999     Commission for fourteen Sesame Street Character sculptures for Hopi Hari Theme Park in San Paulo, SP, Brazil.

1999     Convergence XII, Providence, Rhode Island. Commission for  four sculptures, Relics, Juried competition.

1998     Invitational commission to design and execute a large scale piece for the Guilin Yu-Zi paradise Sculpture Park, 

               Guilin , Peoples Republic of China. The twenty-two foot tall sculpture, Guilin Harmony installed December, 1998.

1998     Convergence XI, Providence, Rhode Island. Commission for three large scale sculptures, River~Beacons.

1997     Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Countdown to Extinction, Walt Disney World. Commission for six sculptures.

1997     Just Kiddie Rides, Commission for three Sesame Street Ride-on vehicles and characters.

1997     Commission for sculpture of Sesame Street’s "The Count" .Strong Museum, Rochester, NY

1996     Commission for Shepard Building, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, Providence,RI.  Juried 

1995     Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Norway, Commission for fourteen major works.

1995     Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Norway, Commission for ten, themed sculpture figures.

1994     The John Singleton Copley Award, The Copley Society of Boston, for Excellence in Art.

1994     Parque Plaza Sesame, Monterey, Mexico, Commission for twenty themed sculptures.

1993     20th International Dogwood Art Exhibition, Atlanta, GA, Juried Exhibition, Award.

1993     Clay & Fiber Exhibition, Octagon Center for the Arts, Ames, Iowa. Juried.

1993     Stuart Levy Fine Art Gallery, Group Show, CAN, New York, NY.

1993     Dallas Area Rapid Transit National Competition, Awarded large scale sculpture commission, Garland, TX

1992     Out of Clay, Farrington-Keith Creative Arts Center, Dexter, MI. Juried.

1992     Anticipation ‘92, Chicago International New Art Forms Exposition, Chicago, IL, Juried

1992     Art Boston, Boston Park Plaza, Boston, MA, Invitational Exhibition.

1992     43rd Annual Art of the Northeast, Silvermine Guild Art Center, New Cannan, CT, Juried.

1992    Uihlein-Peters "Sculpture in the Plaza’92", National Juried Exhibition, Milwaukee, WI.                       

1991     Two Person Exhibition, The Copley Society of Boston, Newbury Street, Boston, MA.

1991     Accepted as a Member Artist of the Creative Artist Network, Philadelphia, PA. Juried.

1991     The North American Sculpture Exhibition, The Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO, Juried.

1991     The Copley Society, Boston, MA, Juried, Award, conferred Copley Master.

 1987    Distinguished Alumnus Award, College of Fine Arts Commencement, Towson State University, Towson, MD.

To view a streaming 5 minute interview of sculptor Bill Culbertson, broadcast by Rhode Island Magazine, CLICK HERE!  

To view a streaming 4 minute interview of sculptor Bill Culbertson about sculpting toys, by CBS/FOX News, CLICK HERE!


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