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Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Simonides

William A. Schneider







William is a representational artist working in oil and pastel. He views figures, landscape, or still life as opportunities to explore the effects of light on form. Painting from life, he seeks to capture the emotion of a particular moment and place. Sargent, Zorn, Repin, Fechin, and Sorolla have been influences.



William initially studied art at the University of Illinois at Urbana. However, upon graduation he began a career in the music business (records on the Roulette and MGM labels). In the mid ‘80s, he entered finance (co-owner of an investment consulting firm, DiMeo Schneider and Associates). In 1990 he returned to his first love, painting. His skills were honed at the American Academy of Art in Chicago where he studied figure drawing with William Parks and oil painting with Ted Smuskiewicz. He continued his education through workshops with Carolyn Anderson, Dan Gerhartz, Scott Burdick, Harley Brown, Scott Christensen, Huihan Liu, David Leffel, and Richard Schmid.



William has been featured in Art of the West, Southwest Art, American Artist, International Artist, The Pastel Journal, and Art-Talk Magazines. In addition his paintings have appeared in numerous books including: The Art of Oil Painting, Pastel II, How did you paint that? 100 ways to paint Landscapes, Oil Landscapes, Pure Color: The Best of Pastel and 100 ways to paint People & Figures. His work has received awards in exhibitions including those of: Academic Artists, The Degas Pastel Society, Oil Painters of America, The Pastel Society of America, Pastel Society of the West Coast, Portrait Society of America, and Salon International.



He is a member of Oil Painters of America (OPA), Plein Air Painters of Chicago, The National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS), The Pastel Society of America, The Palette and Chisel Academy, and the Portrait Society of America. He has served on the board of OPA for nine years. . Bill was awarded signature status in OPA in 1998, American Plains Artists in 2004, NOAPS in 2005 and the Pastel Society of America in 2007. His home is in Crystal Lake, IL with his wife Caren.












Teaching Experience

· Oil/Pastel Workshops, Palette & Chisel Academy, Chicago, IL,

· Figures, Barnsite Studios, Kewaunee, WI

· Oil/Pastel Portraits, Fredericksburg Artist’s School. Fredericksburg, TX

· Portraits, Bennington Art Center, Bennington, VT

· Figures, Richeson Art School, Kimberly WI

· Plein Air Figures, Liliedahl Art, Tuscany, Italy






Recent Awards



· 18th Annual Bosque National Art Competition – (Gold Medal Award for Best Other Media)
Pastel Journal 5th Annual “Pastel 100” Competition – (Honorable Mention)
8th Annual Heartland Exhibition Merriam, Kansas – (Merit Award)
Pastel Society of America Invitational Exhibition, Dunedin, FL - (2nd Place)
Portrait Society of America 6th Annual Portrait Competition, Boston, MA – (Certificate Award)
Salon International 2004, International Museum of Contemporary Masters, San Antonio, TX – (Honorable Mention)
Oil Painters of America 2004 Eastern Regional Exhibition, Kewaunee, WI – (Award of Excellence)
Academic Artists 55th National Exhibition, Springfield, MA 2005 – (Terri Ludwig Award)
Art Splash on the Square National Art Show, 2005, Graham, TX – (Honorable Mention)
Northwest Pastel Society, 19th International Open Exhibit 2005. Edmonds, WA – (Award of Achievement) International Artist Magazine Challenge No. 30 People & Figures 2005 -- (Honorable Mention)
Pastel Society of New Mexico 14th Annual National Show 2005 – (NMWS Award)
Arkansas Pastel Society 2005 Exhibition – (First Place)
Degas Pastel Society 14th Membership Exhibition – (Honorable Mention)
Artists of Northwest Arkansas 11th Annual Art Exhibition – (Best in Oil)
Midland Arts Association 2006 National Spring Juried Exhibition – (Best of Show)
Art Splash on the Square American Splash National Competition 2006 – (Award of Merit)
The Artist’s Magazine 2006 Art Competition – (Two finalist pieces in the Animal Category)
Connecticut Pastel Society 2006 National Competition – (Great American Pastel Award)
Pastel Society of North Florida Ninth Biennial National Exhibition, Pastels 2006 – (Dakota Award)
Northwest Pastel Society’s 20th International Open Exhibit 2006 – (Terri Ludwig Award)
Pastel Society of Oregon’s 15th Biennial Juried national Exhibition 2006-(Gold Award)
The Artist’s Magazine 2007 Art Competition – (Two finalist pieces in the Portrait Category)
Academic Artists Association 57th National Exhibition of Contemporary Realism - (Honor Award [1st Place Pastel)
National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society “Best of America – 2007” -- (Best of Show)
Portrait Society of America “Members Only Show – 2007” – (1st Place)
Art Renewal Center 2007 Competition – (Top 100)
Pastel Journal 2008 Competition – (Honorable Mention , Portraits and Figures)
Academic Artists 58th Annual National Exhibition – (Terry Ludwig Award for Pastel)
Richeson 75 National Competition – (2nd Place Artist’s Choice Division)
Pastel Society of New Mexico 16th National Juried Competition – (Pastel Society of America Award, and the Pastel Journal Award)
Breckenridge Fine Arts Center 17th National Juried Art Competition – (Best of Show)
Oil Painters of America 2008 Eastern Regional Exhibition, Richland TN – (1st Place –Signature Artists)
Pastel Society of the West Coast 23rd Annual International Open Exhibition 2009 – (Manley A. & Hazel K. Harmon Memorial Award)
The Pastel Journal 10th Annual Pastel 100 – (5th Place in Portrait and Figure Category)
The Artists Magazine 26th Annual Art Competition – (Finalist in Experimental Category)
Salon International 2009 competition – (Honorable Mention)
Third Annual Paint America – (Top 100)
Degas Pastel Society’s Twelfth Biennial National Exhibition – (Award of Exceptional Merit)
Pastel Society of New Hampshire – (Piscataqua Savings Bank Award of Merit)
National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS) Best of America 2009 – (Platinum Palette Award)
The Pastel Journal 11th Annual Pastel 100 – (2nd p lace)
Portrait Society of America 5th Members Only Competition – (Honorable Mention)
Visual Arts Center 7th Biennial National Art Exhibition – (1st Honorable Mention)





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