William R. “Bill” Ford, Jr. was born in Montgomery , Alabama . His father was an educator and artist, his mother an elementary school reading teacher. This would spark a lifelong interest in art and literature in Bill and set the pattern for his professional career.
He attended St. Jude’s Educational Institute from the first through the twelfth grades. A National Merit Scholar, he spurned entreaties from MIT, Notre Dame and all three service academies to attend hometown Alabama State University , where he majored in Graphic Arts and studied with Dr. A.L. Britt.
After working in retail management in camera and stereo sales; and later jewelry sales in Charlotte , NC , he returned to Montgomery in 1980. While attending technical college, he landed a part-time job at WSFA Television typing name supers for the afternoon news show. Twenty years later he’s still there, the last 15 years as Art Director. He’s responsible for all facets of graphics production – from set design and news graphics, sales and web page design, digital photography and promotions. His twenty years has bridged the gap from t-squares and drawing tables to paint boxes and desktop computers, the latter introduced into the art department by Bill himself in the early ‘90s.
Working at WSFA has afforded him the opportunity to work with cutting-edge technology and state-of-the-art equipment. It also allows him to work in a variety of formats; digital video, print and advertising as well as 3D computer imaging. This gives him a versatility and facility that very few professional artists can achieve in today’s world of specialization.
Bill has lectured on art at local high schools and his alma mater ASU. He helped develop the art curricula for public schools in the state of Alabama and has created the test for the statewide VICA graphic design contest for the last decade. He’s organized several art exhibits and has won awards for his paintings and photographs.
Bill is single, has a lovely daughter and seven-year old grandson. He spends his down time reading, playing Scrabble and following college sports.