MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The 2011 Limited Commemorative print for Jubilee CityFest is being unveiled by its creator, William R. "Bill" Ford. The artist is a familiar sight to those who work at WSFA 12 News. Ford has been the Art Director for the station for the past 21 years.
The print is called "Triptych: Celebration at the Altar in the Valley of the Kings".
"We are thrilled to have a print design that highlights the musical history of Montgomery through both Nat King Cole and Hank King Williams," said James Belton, chairman of the festival. "Having Bill design a print that symbolizes the uniqueness of Montgomery's music legends and to blend their images into the inaugural Bama's Big Bang print is truly inspiring.
Ford is a skilled designer and artist in the River Region. Growing up in a family of educators, Bill got this love for art from his father who was also an artist. Bill has served as the Art Director of WSFA 12 News for over two decades and says it has allowed him merge the print's design with cutting-edge technology.
Some of his inspirations come from painters such as Picasso, Michelangelo, Jacob Lawrence, Basquiat, and Warhol.
Bill is a member of the Executive Board of the Montgomery Arts Council, president of the Advisory Committee at Brewbaker Technical Magnet School, and recently joined the Patrons Board of Directors at the ASU National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African American Culture.
Prints are $11 and are on sale at the Montgomery Visitors Center, Stonehendge, Gallery East and at the Jubilee CityFest office.