Big Creek Studios
  Sculpture, Painting, and Drawing  

William Sapp's long teaching career began in 1965, when he was an art student teaching life drawing while obtaining his Bachelor of Science (Art Education, cum laude,1965) and Master of Arts Degree (Painting and Drawing) from the University of Missouri at Columbia (1967).

Sapp again taught life drawing at Washington University in St. Louis, while taking his Master of Fine Arts Degree in Sculpture/Multi-Media (1978). He taught painting, drawing, and sculpture at Adams State College in Alamosa, Colorado, and was drafted in the Vietnam Conflict in 1969, teaching Art History for the University of Maryland European Division in Heidelberg, Germany. He created the graduate and undergraduate programs in sculpture and three-dimensional design for the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, adding the Mid-South Sculpture Conferences and UALR Sculpture Park while teaching there. He has taught in other universities and art centers in the United States and abroad, and completed his career teaching portrait and figure sculpture at the University of Georgia's Lamar Dodd School of Art.

Sapp considers his 'legacy' at UGA the establishment of a cutting edge, tactile-digital modeling/carving studio in conjunction with his colleague, Larry Millard's stereo-lithographic prototyper. Sapp retired from the Lamar Dodd School of Art in 2005, after 40 years of teaching. His teaching appointments, in various capacities, have included:

  • University of Georgia, Lamar Dodd School of Art, Athens, Georgia
  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro, North Carolina
  • University of Maryland, Heidelberg, Germany
  • Adams State College, Alamosa, Colorado
  • University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri
  • Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Nacoochee School, Rabun Gap, Georgia
  • Centro Colombo Americano, Medellin, Colombia (South America)
  • Esquela Superior de Artes y Technicals/Centro Investigaciones
  • Ceramicas, Santa Cruz, Bolivia (South America)
  • Taller de Artes Visuales, Santa Cruz, Bolivia (South America)
Selected Awards/Grants/Fellowships
  • Fundacion Puerta Abierta (Heinrich Boll Institute-HIVOS Stipend)
  • Phi Beta Delta International Scholars
  • International Arts Programming Network/United States Information Agency
  • Southern Arts Federation/National Endowment for the Arts Regional Fellowship
  • Companeros de las Americas (United States Information Agency)
  • Arkansas Arts Council Visual Artist/NEA Regional Fellowship
  • Who's Who in American Art
  • Donaghey Foundation Grants: Mid-south Sculpture Conferences
  • Mid-America Arts Alliance/National Endowment for the Arts Regional Fellowship
  • Apprentices in the Arts/Comprehensive Education and Training Act Grant
  • Donaghey Innovative Teaching Grant: Sculpture for the Blind
Selected Exhibitions and Collections
William Sapp's provocative and prize-winning sculptures, installations, and drawings have been shown nationally and internationally in over 150 exhibitions, among them are:
  • 2004-"Conversations with the Contemporary Figure," EYEDRUM, Atlanta, Georgia
  • 2002-"Feat of Clay," Scarfone-Hartley Galleries, University of Tampa, Tampa, Florida
  • 2001-Campus Installation, Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas
  • 2000-"Artistas Y Naturaleza," Santa Cruz, Bolivia (South America)
  • 1998-"That's Showbiz!," Instituto de Cooperacion Iberoamericano, Santa Cruz, Bolivia
  • 1998-"Fall Guy," Casa de la Cultura Municipal Raoul Otero Reiche, Santa Cruz, Bolivia
  • 1996-Galeria de Estampas, Banco de la Republica, Bogota, Colombia (South America)
  • 1995-"Perros Vigilantes," Museo Universitario Universidad de Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia
  • 1995-"Perros Vigilantes," Centro Colombo Americano, Bucaramanga, Colombia
  • 1995-"Perros Vigilantes," Museo Arqueologico La Merced, Cali, Colombia
  • 1995-"Dognation," Ringling School of Art and Design, Sarasota, Florida
  • 1986-"William Sapp-Handformed Paper," Batz-Lawrence Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri
(Group Shows)
  • 2002-ArtsIgnite Sculptue Walk, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • 1998-"Heartists in the Marketplace," Galeria Centro Colombo Americano, Medellin, Colombia
  • 1998-ARText, Sawtooth Gallery, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • 1997-500X Invitational, 500X Gallery, Dallas, Texas
  • 1996-"Heavens Letter/Himmlisher Briefe," Kunstlerhaus, Dortmund, Germany
  • 1994-"William Sapp's 'dogs'," Southern Arts Federation/NEA Winners Exhibition, New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1994-Brenau National Invitational Exhibition, Gainesville, Georgia
  • 1994-Tennessee Sculpture Tour, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1992-"Number Invitational," University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1992-Atlanta Biennial, Nexus Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1991-"Inappropriate Men," A.R.C. Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1990-"Multiples," Nexus Contemporary Art Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1975-"Young Men About Town," Terry Moore Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1968-Garden Gallery, Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina
  • 1968-Gallery of Modern Art, Taos, New Mexico
Selected Publications
  • Ceramics-Technical, No. 19, 2004, Christopher Garcia, Adobe Art-In Touch with the Earth
  • The Franklin Chronicle, Fall, 2001, Phil Williams, One For The Birds
  • Sculpture, May-June, 1994, Cory Dugan, William Sapp
  • Essay, 2000, Warren Criswell, "Dogs-R-Us, The Sculpture of William Rocky Sapp"
  • La Prensa, February 8, 1996, Sapp Vigilante, Margaret Garcia
  • Illustrated Catalog, 1995, Escenarios De Perros Vigilantes, Juan Alberto Gaviria
  • Illustrated Catalog, 1985, William Sapp-Handformed Paper, Dr. Lloyd W. Benjamin III, Dr. Floyd W. Martin, Mr. Mark Leach.
Selected Public, Private, and Corporate Collections
  • Hallmark Cards, Inc., Kansas City, Missouri
  • Analytica Internacional, Bogota, Colombia
  • State of Arkansas, Capitol Building, Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Arthur Young & Company, Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Chicopee Corporation, Johnson & Johnson, North Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Taller de Artes Visuales, Santa Cruz, Bolivia
  • United States Comptroller of the Currency, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Stephens Investments, Inc., Little Rock, Arkansas
  • North Arkansas Medical Center, Harrison, Arkansas
  • Athens Academy, Athens, Georgia
  • University of Arkansas, Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Harlin Museum, West Plains, Missouri
  • Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas
  • Richard Yalem, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Caroline Staley, Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Thomas and Elizabeth Ventulett, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Maria Beatriz McGreger, Houston, Texas
  • Donald Keyes, Athens, Georgia
  • Dr. Max and Marianna Heeb, Cape Coral, Florida
  • Thomas F. (Mack) and Donna McLarty, Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Lori Webster, Greenville, South Carolina
  • Barbette Houser, Athens, Georgia
  • Susan and Robert Smith, Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Carlos and Dorothy Lucero, Alamosa, Colorado
  • Shari Campbell, Americus, Georgia
  • Oconee County Arts Foundation, Watkinsville, Georgia