William J. Grant III. is a fine arts painter, mixed media print maker and graphic artist residing in Jay New York State. He’s taught studio art and academic courses at Rutgers University and Teacher’s College, Columbia University, among other institutions. He is a member of Ojibway Tribe of Chippewa and on his father’s side the family is from Cork Ireland. Grant was raised in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York where he lived for forty years. The print on view in Collecting Memories, is a photo-etching print showing William as a child on a swing, and an image of Tilly Steeple Chase amusement park in Coney Island. He also repeats the face of Tilly, an iconic Coney Island image which he remembers as the face of MAD magazine when he was a teenager. Grant’s work is in museums and private collections including. the Albright-Knox Museum in Albany, New York and the Institute of American Indian Art Museum, Santa Fe, NM, among others. He has a prolific art career that includes having been a managing art director, taught studio art and education courses at several universities including Rutgers University and the Teaching College at Columbia University. He was a museum educator and lecturer at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, in New York City. His Doctoral Dissertation from Teachers College, Columbia University examines the role of artists as “Keepers of Cultures.” Grant has an Ed.D, in Studio Arts and Art Ed, 2008 from Teachers College, Columbia University, NY. He earned an M.F.A. in Studio Arts in1998 from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. He has an BFA Advertising/Design, 1995 from School of Visual Arts, NY. He also attended the Institute of American Indian Art, NM - AFA, Traditional & Contemporary Art, 1994.