Biography

Bill Ronalds is an artist whose work reflects impressive technical skill and conceptual sophistication. He has applied his considerable art-making energies to graphite drawing, painting, illustration, and printmaking. 

As a professional illustrator, Bill’s commissions were primarily in the editorial, scientific, and music fields. He has worked for most major publishers, including Doubleday, Holt, Rinehart & Winston, McGraw-Hill, Macmillan, Random House and GP Putnam. His work appeared on many album covers, including those of several chart-topping musicians. His album cover art has been featured in the New York Art Director's "Creativity” show and other venues. Bill has also worked extensively in magazines, most notably Sports Illustrated, Rock Magazine, Family Weekly and American Health. He has also done product illustration and scientific imagery. 

Bill Ronalds has been an artist member of the Society of Illustrators, the New York Society of Etchers, the Society of Graphic Artists, the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, the American Print Alliance, the Wood Engravers' Network, and the Manhattan Graphics Center. He is an honorary member of the Guild of Hungarian Engravers and Etchers. His prints have been exhibited extensively both in the USA and abroad. His aquatint, "Times Square: X-termination," was acquired by the Print Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Bill earned his MFA from Syracuse University. He served over two decades as a professor in the Department of Fine Arts of St. John’s University in New York, teaching illustration, cartoon, and drawing. He served that department as chairperson for nine years. He was awarded the university-wide Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship citation at St. John's Commencement ceremony in Spring, 2004, having been nominated by art students and faculty colleagues. 

Bill's studio is in Rockland, Maine. He hopes to never be compelled to seek renewal of his New York City hack license, which is framed by his drawing board, just in case.

Prof. Thomas Kerr /  Department of Fine Arts / St. John's University / New York