Muralist & President of the Patrons Board at the ASU National Center
William R. “Bill” Ford, Jr. is a Montgomery native and a visual artist. In addition to his current post as president of the Montgomery Arts Council, he’s vice-president of the Patrons Board of Directors at the Alabama State University National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African American Culture, president of the St. Jude’s Alumni Association and a member of the board of directors for the Montgomery Museum of Fine Art, as well as the F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum.
Commissions for his work include “Triptych: Celebration at the Altar in the Valley of the Kings,” a piece created for the 2011 Jubilee Cityfest. A mural installation commemorating the anniversaries of the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Selma to Montgomery March at the Rufus L. Lewis Public Library. In 2019, Bill was one of two artists chosen to commemorate Montgomery’s Bicentennial Celebration by designing a wrap for a city bus to be displayed for two years. He capped off the year by unveiling four 8’x11′ murals in the rotunda of the Julia Hampton Morgan Library Branch in downtown Montgomery depicting the 200-year history of the city.
Bill is single, has a lovely daughter and a twenty-one-year-old grandson. He spends his downtime reading, playing Scrabble, bass fishing, following college sports, and is a self-avowed “sci-fi movie geek.”