Artist's CV

Self-portrait. Watercolor. 8" x 11" 1966. Artist: Bill Girard, Royal Oak, MI 1940 - 2011

  • William J. Girard Jr., (Bill) was born in Royal Oak, MI, a suburb of Detroit in 1940. He lived there until his death in 2011.    
  • At age 14, he won a National Scholastic Gold Key Award in sculpture. 

Bill Girard: A Brief Biography

Artist and his painting, St. Salome. 1968. Artist: Bill Girard. Royal Oak, MI. 1940-2011.

  • In the early 1960s he met art and antique dealer, Allen Abramson, who became a lifelong Girard collector and dealer.  
  • His first solo exhibit was at the renowned Fisher Theater, Detroit, in 1964. 

Artist Bill Girard and his Pandora sculpture.

  • Girard was hired as an adjunct instructor of drawing by the Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts in 1968, and became a full-time professor of art in  1980 at the renamed Center for Creative Studies (CCS) .

Artist Bill Girard preparing a frame in his backyard circa 1980.

  • Girard was released by CCS in 1998 after he helped organize a union drive. 
  • Girard was a gifted and original representational artist with a profound interest in mythology.

Bill Girard and friend, on the backyard porch,  in early 2000s.

  •  In post-WWII America, such art became terribly unfashionable.  

Bill Girard and one of his canine roommates. Circa 2009.

  • Nonetheless, Girard attracted a small but devoted group of collectors and supporters.
  • Although his name is virtually unknown within the art world at large, his best work continues to elicit the passionate interest of collectors. 

Solo Exhibitions

Cover of exhibit catalog for Silver's Company solo exhibit for William (Bill) Girard. 1967.

2008 - Fiorini Gallery & Frames; St. Petersburg, FL 

2004 - Fiorini Gallery & Frames; St. Petersburg, FL 

2003 - Fiorini Gallery & Frames; St. Petersburg, FL 

1998 - The Studio Gallery; Alexandria, VA 

1988 - Creator of the Inaugural President's Award, Michigan Humane Society: Man in Harmony with Nature;  awarded to W. B. Doner and Co. Advertising

1985 - Business Consortium for the Arts ,  City of Southfield Cultural Arts Dept.; Art in the Workplace (Traveling Exhibit)

1974 - Modello's Bower Street Gallery; Detroit, MI

1973 - J. Walter Thompson Advertising Co. Gallery; Detroit, MI

1970 - Adam's and Eyve's Gallery; Toronto, Ontario, Canada

1967 - Silver's Company; Detroit, MI

1966 - Sponsored by Mrs. Betty Kleinbaum; NYC, NY

1965 - Sponsored by Mrs. Bernice Kent  & Cleveland Playhouse Guild; Cleveland, OH

1964 - Fisher Theater; Detroit, MI. Sponsored by Joseph Nederlander.

Group Exhibitions

1988 Poster: Six Michigan Sculptors, Pontiac Art Center. Image: Pandora. Artist: Bill Girard

2007 -  MASTERS OF THE ARTS & CRAFTS:  Tony Williams, Bob Vigiletti, Bill Rauhauser, Gordon O'Rear, Jay Holland, Bill Girard.  CPop Gallery;  Detroit, MI 

1998 - The Studio Gallery; Alexandria, Virginia

1997 - CMF Gallery, XXX Rated International Artists' Peep Show; NYC, NY

1997 - Sabbatical Exhibition: Bill Girard, John Ganis, Susan-Aaron Taylor. Center Galleries in the Park Shelton. Detroit, MI (Reviewed by Marsha Miro, Detroit Free Press)

1996 - Drawing Invitational; The Michigan Gallery

1992 - T'mara Gallery; Ann Arbor, MI

1991 - Fine Arts Exhibit, Center Gallery, CCS, Center Gallery; Detroit, MI

1989 - Sabbatical Exhibit, CCS, Center Gallery; Detroit, MI

1987 - Faculty Exhibit, CCS, Center Gallery; Detroit, MI

1986 - Eight Sculptors Exhibit, Pontiac Art Center; Pontiac, MI

1984 - Director's Choice. DeGraaf-Forsyth Gallery; Ann Arbor, MI

1981 - Dennis Knight, Urban Jupena & William Girard at the Power Center, U of MI; Ann Arbor, MI.

1978 - 8th Annual Somerset Invitational Show; Troy, MI

1977 - Power Center, University of Michigan; Ann Arbor, MI

 1972 - Bill Girard & Bob Eichenberg at Habitat Gallery; Detroit, MI 

1972 - Birmingham Bloomfield Art Association

1971 - Faculty Exhibit, CCS, Center Gallery; Detroit, MI

1970 - Society of Arts and Crafts Faculty Exhibit

1967 -  Butler Art Institute Mid-Year Exhibit (Bulter Institute of American Art); Youngstown, Ohio

1965 - Michigan Artists & Craftsman's Exhibit; Honorable Mention: The Tree of Knowledge (Bronze)

1954 - Gold Key Award, National Scholastic Competition

Lectures and Jury Participation


1985 - Lecture/Slide Presentation: Meldrum & Fewsmith Advertising Agency; Southfield, MI

1984 - Juror; Annual Michigan/Ontario Freedom Festival Exhibition, Comerica Bank Gallery; Detroit, MI

1983 - Scagliola Technique Lecture: U of MI. Sponsored by  the Michigan Academy of Arts, Science and Letters

1977 - Lecture/Demonstration: Gesso Castings, Frame Making and Scagliola Work, Grosse Pointe War Memorial, Grosse Pointe, MI

1973 - Lecture: Artist's Lecture Series, Detroit Institute of Arts, sponsored by Your Heritage House; Detroit, MI

1971 - Assisted Maryann Scherr in design and fabrication of four miniature sculptures commissioned by the ALCOA Aluminum Company

1971 -  Member, Preliminary Jury: Michigan Craftsman's Exhibition, Detroit Institute of Arts; Detroit, MI

1966 - Juror: 10th Annual Ecclesiastical Art Exhibit, Historic Trinity Church; Detroit, MI