Curator Conversation with Lena Vigna
In the Studio with Bill Reid
In January, Racine Art Museum’s Curator of Exhibitions, Lena Vigna, interviewed RAM Artist Fellowship Recipient Bill Reid.
Lena Vigna: Please share the basics of your art career thus far: education, years working, etc. How long have you been a part of the Racine/Kenosha community?
Bill Reid: My family moved to Racine in the summer of 1968 just in time for the bogus revolution. I went to art school in the mid-to-late 70s at Kansas City Art Institute and the Cranbrook Academy of Art where I received my BFA and MFA in Sculpture. I have been a part of this community for something approaching a geological span of time.
Vigna: Would you please describe your work—what materials you use, what subject matters you explore?
Reid: In general, I make sculpture using steel sheet metal and rods with a few hand tools and an oxyacetylene torch. The pieces are painted using a primer, and then, latex enamel paint. There is an affinity with words and the goofiness of the English language. Pi pie pirates, pileated pianos, etc….
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