William McCullough

photo of Bill McCullough from web

 A South Carolina native, McCullough left his home state in 1968 to study at the Art Students League, and the National Academy of Art and Design, in New York City. During his four years in New York, McCullough studied with acclaimed realist painters Eric Eisenberger and Daniel Greene. He also had the opportunity to apprentice with Robert Brackman and John Koch. In the early seventies, McCullough relocated to the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina where he honed his skills in landscape and still life painting. In 1978, he moved his family home to Kingstree, South Carolina, and began restoring a farmhouse that has been in his family for generations. In 1989 the lure of the Lowcountry landscape prompted a move to Charleston. During his time in Charleston, McCullough taught at the Gibbes Museum Studio and earned national attention for his work. He has garnered acclaim for his modern realist paintings of interiors, still lifes, figurative works, and landscapes. McCullough’s paintings hang in Charleston landmarks like the Cassique Clubhouse at Kiawah Island, Roper St. Francis Hospital, and the new Hotel Bennett.  His paintings are also in the permanent collections of the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, Louisiana, and The Greenville County Museum of Art in Greenville, South Carolina. McCullough finds beauty where others don’t.  He has said, “the best paintings are of subjects not ordinarily seen as glorious.” McCullough has been living and painting in southern France for the past two years.

 Born: June 24, 1948 – Kingstree, SC

1966-1970 – Attended Baptist College (Now Charleston Southern University)
1970-1972 – Studied at the Art Students League and National Academy of Design, New York
1971 – Certificate of Merit, Honorable Mention for “Man”, Salmagundi Arts Club Annual Exhibit
1971 – Elected to Membership to Salmagundi Club


Selected Exhibitions:

1973 – One Man Show, Carolina Prints and Frames, Charleston, SC

1974 – Best in Show, Purchase Award – Spartanburg Bank and Trust Annual Art Exhibit

1989 – First Place Award, C&S Bank, Florence Museum of Art, Florence, SC

1999 – 2001 – Numerous One Man and Group Shows, 16 Patton Gallery, Asheville, NC and Blowing Rock Gallery, Blowing Rock, NC

2001 – Traveling Exhibit, Ann Long Gallery, Charleston, SC - Florence Museum, Florence, SC and Rutledge Street Gallery, Camden, SC

2006 – “William McCullough Southern Painter: A Retrospective Exhibition” City Gallery, Charleston, SC in conjunction with Piccolo Spoleto

2015— “Palmettopalooza” Group Show of nine artists, Greenville County Museum of Art

2016 – “An Appetite for Art” Group Show. Cheryl Newby Gallery, Pawleys Island, SC

2018 - “Vanishing Charleston” Group show of eight artists. Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC

Museum Collections:

Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC
Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, SC
Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA


2006 - History Press tome William McCullough, Southern Painter, in Conversation with William Baldwin, Southern Writer, compiled from days of talks between the longtime friends.

2007 - Garden and Gun Magazine; William Baldwin talks to the Artist about painting Close to Home