Willam H. Thielen

Born March 18, 1954 in Pierre, SD, Thielen received a B.S. from Northern State University, Aberdeen, SD in 1977 and his M.F.A. from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 1980.

His work is in permanent collections at the South Dakota Art Museum, the Evansville (Indiana) Museum of Art and Science and the Mitchell Museum in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, as well as dozens of personal and private collections.

His awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artist Fellowship Grant, and Expansion Arts Grants from the Southern Illinois Arts Council.

Notable exhibits: the NEA-funded Fiberworks Exhibition and Projects Competition in Berkeley, California (1985); a State of Illinois Museum and Galleries traveling exhibition (1995-96); and the 2002 Gary Snyder Fine Art in New York exhibition, “Five Hundred Abstract Works on Paper, 1922-2002.”   He was the only contemporary artist mentioned by N.F. Karlins in the artnet magazine review: http://www.artnet.com/magazine/reviews/karlins/karlins8-7-02.asp.

Most recently, Bill was featured in Sarah A. Riley’s latest book, Practical Mixed-Media Printmaking, 2011, A & C Black, London and also had three pieces illustrated in Carolyn Vosburg Hall’s, Soft Sculpture, 1981, Davis Publications, Worcester, MA.

Thielen is currently a full-time studio artist, living and working in Carbondale, Illinois, U.S.A.