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William C. Hook

William C. Hook

William C. Hook joined the board in 2017. He is an artist who focuses on the American landscape. The book, "Leading the West," references him as one of the notable influences on the western art scene.

Hook's background in art began at home. It was through the influence of his father and grandmother, a professional photographer and architect respectively, that art became second nature to him. After attending classes at the Kansas City Art Institute, Hook left his hometown of Kansas City to earn a BFA cum laude at the University of New Mexico. He went on to complete his formal education at the Universita Per Straniere (Perugia, Italy) and the Art Center College of Design (Los Angeles, California).

The following 15 years spent as an advertising art director in Los Angeles and Denver paved the way for a disciplined painting career. It was his time spent in New Mexico where the scenery made an indelible impression on the aspiring artist that led him to return to make it his part-time home and frequent subject. Hook has painted professionally for over 35 years. When he is not painting plein air on the California Coast, in the Rocky Mountains, or the desert Southwest, he paints out of his studios in Carmel, California and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Throughout his career, Hook has received numerous awards for his work and his artwork is included in many permanent museum collections worldwide. He gave the William Woods University Undergraduate Commencement Address in 2016.