Bill Brookover is a printmaker and photographer whose work is based in his training in design and architecture. Born in West Texas, he studied art and architecture at Rice University, historic preservation at Columbia University, and printmaking at Fleisher Art Memorial. His prints explore design, color, texture, and geometric structure. His photographs explore architecture, layered landscapes, history and urban streetscapes.
Brookover is a teaching artist at Fleisher Art Memorial, a community art center in South Philadelphia, where he has taught printmaking since 2010. In 2014 he began leading tours of Hidden Print Collections for Fleisher printmaking students. He volunteers at the Print & Picture Collection of the Free Library of Philadelphia building a digital catalog of the Fine Art Print collection. In 2014 he served as Independent Curator for Eugene Feldman Offset Lithographs, Print & Picture Hallway Gallery, at the Parkway Central Library. He serves as chair of the Exhibition Committee at Da Vinci Art Alliance, and is a member of Second State Press, Mt Airy Art Garage, The Print Center in Philadelphia, InLiquid, The Main Line Art Center, and Philadelphia Center for the Book.
DISSONANCE, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA, 2019
Welcome Gallery Exhibition, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA, 2018
…for the sake of free vision, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA, 2018
Explorations in Geometry, Artworks Trenton Community Gallery, Trenton, NJ, 2017
Group Exhibitions: Curated
Up Over and Through, Cerulean Arts Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 2020. Curators: Tina Rocha and Michael Kowbuz
Structures, InLiquid @ Park Towne Place Apartments, Philadelphia, PA, 2020. Curator: Clare Finin
AD HOC Prints: Advanced Processes and Methodologies, Manhattan Graphics Center, New York, NY, 2018. Curator: Robin Dentiman.
Quarter Sheet Challenge Invitational, Second State Press, Philadelphia, PA. 2015. Curators: Jennifer McTague and Zach Lindenberger
Recent Acquisitions, Print and Picture Collection, Free Library of Philadelphia, 2014. Curator: Karen Lightner
PaperWork 2013 Invitational, Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie, Trenton, NJ, 2013. Curators: Gabriel Romeu & Elise Mannell
Heart Print - Celebrating the Artists of the Fleisher Print Love-In, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA, 2012. Curator: Jose Ortiz Pagan
18 Fabulous Fleisher Printmakers, Nice Things Handmade, Philadelphia, PA, 2011. Curator: Christine Blair
Group Exhibitions: Juried
Ellarslie OPEN 39, Trenton City Museum, Trenton, NJ, 2019. Juror: Walter Wickiser, Walter Wickiser Gallery, New York City. Award: Runner-up – Printmaking.
NEXT 2022, PrintMatters Houston, Ellio Fine Art, Houston, TX. Juror: Paola Morisani, Director, Brodsky Center, PAFA.
2022 International Juried Exhibition, Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminster, NJ. Juror: Erin Jenoa Gilbert.
CTRL+P, A Juried Print Exhibition, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA, 2021. Juror: Elizabeth Spungeon, Executive Director, The Print Center.
Annual Juried Exhibition, Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ, 2020. Juror: Henry Bermudez.
CFEVA Members Exhibition 2020, Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA. Juror: Genevieve Coutroubis
2019 Fall Annual Juried Exhibition, Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ. Jurors: Michael Kowbuz & Tina Rocha
215|610 CONTEMPORARY Juried Exhibition, Delaware County Community College, Media, PA. Juror: Jodi Throckmorton, Curator of Contemporary Art, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
An Idea of Order, St. Louis Artists’ Guild, St. Louis, MO, 2019. Juror: Joe Chesla.
Cerulean Arts 7th Annual Juried Exhibition, Philadelphia, PA, 2019. Juror: Jane Irish.
Ellarslie Open 36, Trenton City Museum, Trenton, NJ, 2019. Juror: Liz Kelton Sheehan.
Professional Artist Members Exhibition 2019, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA. Juror: Charlotte Lowrey, Coordinator of Curatorial Initiatives, Philadelphia Museum of Art.
2017 American Color Print Society Annual Members Exhibition, The Plastic Club, Philadelphia, PA. Juror: Shelley Langdale, Associate Curator, Prints and Drawings, Philadelphia Museum of Art. Award: Stella Drabkin Memorial Award, Third Award.
Ellarslie Open 34, Trenton City Museum, Trenton, NJ, 2017. Juror: Lora S. Urbanelli, Director, Montclair Art Museum. Award: Runner-up – Printmaking.
3rd Annual Juried Print Exhibition, Artworks Trenton, Trenton, NJ, 2016. Juror: Justin Staller. Award: Honorable Mention
Impression: The Art of the Print, The Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie, Trenton, NJ, 2015. Juror: Patricia Ingersoll
FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS
Main Line Art Center Professional Artist Member, 2019.
Big Ink Print Fellowship, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA, 2018. Jurors: Lyell Castonguay and Carand Burnet
American Color Print Society Award: Stella Drabkin Memorial Award, Third Award, 2017
Trenton City Museum: Runner-up Award – Printmaking, 2017
New Jersey Glass Fellowship, WheatonArts, Millville, NJ, 2016. Juror: Hank Adams
Creative Capital Professional Development Program, Artworks Trenton, Trenton, NJ, 2016.
Philadelphia Center for the Book Purchase Prize for the Print and Picture Collection, Free Library of Philadelphia, 2016.
Main Line Art Center Award: Honorable Mention, 2016.
Artworks Trenton Award: Honorable Mention, 2016.
Professional Development Program, Corzo Center, University of the Arts, 2015.
Main Line Art Center Award: Juror's Award, 2015.
Perkins Center for the Arts Award: Juror’s Award, 2015.
Printmaking Instructor, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA. 2010 - present.
Independent Curator for Eugene Feldman Offset Lithographs, Print & Picture Gallery, Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, 2014.
Historical Architect, National Park Service, Philadelphia, PA, 1980 - 2011 . Chief Historical Architect at Independence National Historical Park, 1989 - 1998.
Printmaking, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 2010, 2017, & 2019.
Printmaking, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA, 2003 - present.
Master of Science, Historic Preservation, Columbia University, New York, NY, 1978.
Bachelor of Architecture, Bachelor of Arts in Architecture & Fine Arts, Rice University, Houston, TX. 1973 Preceptorship work/study year in the office of Louis I. Kahn, FAIA, 1971 - 72.