Bill Francis (1929-2000), "Coswell House, Austin", prismacolor, sight: 24.75 x 34.5", frame: 30.25 x 40", unsigned
Bill Francis was born in Salem, Illinois. He received a BS in art education from Illinois State University in 1951, and an MS in applied art from the University of Wisconsin in 1952. Bill was a candidate for a doctoral degree in art education at Indiana University. In 1960, Bill joined the faculty of the Department of Art and Art History at UT Austin to teach studio and art education courses. Professionally, Francis was an active participant in the Texas, Western, and National Art Education Associations. From 1971 to 1973 Bill was president of the Texas Art Education Association. Francis retired from The University of Texas at Austin in 1993 as the Leslie Waggener Professor Emeritus in the College of Fine Arts. The Bill D. Francis Endowed Scholarship in Visual Art Studies and Art Education was established on January 1, 1998.