Artist StatementStudio William Cochran creates landmark works of public art, urban design and place-making with a high level of community engagement. Clients include cities, museums, developers and architects. Works have been completed in a number of American cities. Please see www.WilliamCochran.com for more information.
William Cochran creates landmark public artworks in paint, glass, masonry, bronze, steel, stone and light. These projects frequently engage the community directly in the creative process. They explore local history and the meaning of place in ways that illuminate common ground. The artworks are carefully woven into their social and architectural environments, yet they retain a strong sense of the human hand. William and his partner Teresa work with a wide range of government, private, community-based and non-profit organizations to develop and implement these projects. This work often involves master planning and visioning processes for public art and placemaking. A new art history textbook has identified William Cochran as a significant figure in contemporary public art in North America in its Timeline of Artists and Art (Responding to Art, Robert Bersson, McGraw-Hill, 2003). His work in glass was selected for an international exhibit of architectural art glass at the University of Mexico in 2007. He has won national design competitions and worked under grants from state arts councils and the National Endowment for the Arts. He won the Award for Excellence from the National Glass Association, the Project of the Year Award from the American Public Works Association, and the Core Values Award from the International Association of Public Participation. His public artworks in Frederick, Maryland helped that city win the Great American Main Street Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 2005. His work Kardia in St, Louis helped Delamar Boulevard win the “10 Great Streets in America” designation by The American Planning Association. Cochran is currently developing permanent glass sculptures for public parks in Baltimore and the D.C. area, a large mural for a museum in Pennsylvania, and murals for the city centers of two Maryland cities. He and his partner Teresa are lead artists on the design team for the new diagnostic center of a hospital in suburban Maryland. In Rochester, New York, William and Teresa have worked for several years as public art planners and lead artists on a collaborative design team developing an $8 million urban art trail and sculpture garden that connects museums and other cultural institutions and engages the public on a mass scale. They are working with a diverse group of 40 stakeholder organizations. Their well-known Community Bridge mural project transformed a plain concrete bridge in Frederick, Maryland, into a potent catalyst for revitalization and renewal. The meaning and message of the artwork was shaped by creative ideas from thousands of community members and participants around the world. It draws thousands of visitors annually and is the focus of ongoing educational tours. It helped leverage more than $300 million in public and private development around it and appears in educational materials for all grade levels nationwide. William teaches painting in Maryland, Florida, and California and recently served on a critique panel at the National Academy of Art Advanced Studies in Public Art Program in New York. He is a registered educator with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System. ??? He is a popular inspirational and educational speaker at universities and museums and has keynoted many national and international educational and art conferences.