Art for the Arts: In Honor of artist Bill H Armstrong
The Springfield Symphony Orchestra presents Art for the Arts: Available Armstrong Works, featuring artwork created by renowned artist Bill H. Armstrong. To honor his memory, his love for the arts and music, the proceeds from these works will benefit the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. Please click here to view the full collection available.
For inquiries about the collection, purchase, and artwork details, call the Springfield Symphony office at (417) 864-6683.
Save the Date!
Art for the Arts: Available Armstrong Works
June 19 - July 16, 2020
Original works and prints available for purchase.
"It has been a magnificent obsession for over forty years." - Bill H. Armstrong
About the Artist
Bill H. Armstrong was born in Horton, Kansas on December 13, 1926 and grew up in Peoria, Illinois. In 1944, he volunteered for enlistment in the United States Air Force and later served in the Philippines. This began an odyssey that has taken him to eighteen countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, and North America.
He received the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree Cum Laude from Bradley University in 1949, and his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1955. He began his teaching career as an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin. While there he was selected by the Ford Foundation to be an art advisor to the Burma Translation
Society in Rangoon. During his stay in Burma, he also worked with UNESCO to organize and conduct seminars for publishers from five Southeast Asian countries. In 1963, he joined the staff at Southwest Missouri University to establish a curriculum in Graphic Design and was program director for twenty years. In 1988, he received Emeritus Professor status from that institution and maintained a full-time studio dedicated to watercolor painting in Springfield, Missouri.
Armstrong’s work has been included in four international exhibits, including two sponsored by the American Federation of Arts and the Society of American Graphic Artists. Additionally, Armstrong was invited to exhibit in the Butler Institute of American Art, The Philadelphia Art Alliance, The Cleveland Art Institute, The Philbrook Museum and other national exhibitions of contemporary American watercolor.
During his career, he received over fifty awards in national and regional exhibits including the Philadelphia Watercolor prize for the strongest painting in the Pennsylvania Academy annual and two purchase awards in the prestigious Art and the Law Exhibition sponsored by the West Publishing Company. In addition, he received eight awards in Watercolor U.S.A., two awards in the National Watercolor Society's annual and others from the Boston Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, and the San Francisco Museum.
He was an honorary president and co-founder of the Watercolor U.S.A. Honor Society whose membership is made up of artists who have distinguished themselves in the annual Watercolor U.S.A. competition exhibition. The roster includes some of the finest aquarellists in America.
On February 7, 1990, Armstrong was presented the Missouri Arts Council highest award for lifetime achievement in the arts. In 2004, he received the Springfield Regional Arts Council "Ozzie" award for his many contributions to the arts in that area. This was the culmination of over fifty years as an artist, educator, and philanthropist. Armstrong dedicated his whole life to making art a vital part of our environment and profoundly succeeded. His art lives on forever.