Bill Davison, a seventh-generation Vermonter, was born in Burlington in 1941. he was educated at Albidon College and received an MFA from the University of Michigan in 1966. Bill established the printmaking program in the department of art at hte University of Vermont, where he taught for 36 years before retiring in 2003.
His experimentations into manipulating the mechanized, rotary printing presses used in commercial off-set lithography to achieve "visual art on paper by means of contemporary ink transfer technology" in the late 60s and 70s were seminal in the U.S., and acknowledged by a nationwide traveling exhibition curated by Richard Feild - a Jasper Johns scholar and curator of prints at Yale University. in 1990, after several years research as a visiting artist at a M.I.T. computer access facility in Boston, Bill was given an "Award of Distinction" at the prestigious, worldwide competition for art, music, and film created with computer intervention: Prix Art Electronica in Linz, Austria. His prints have been seen in over 120 group exhibitions in Europe, Asia, and America. Solo shows beyond Vermont and New Englad have been in Scotland, Chicago, los Angeles, and New York City. Collections include the MOMA, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Baltimore Museum of Art, many corporations and universities, and the Library of Congress.
Bill has received three grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, and a Brandywine Workshop (Philadelphia) Residency award.
Bill now makes unique, one of a kind prints using water-based pigments.