Rowan University Art Gallery
Bill Westheimer - Photographs
Since he made his first photograph at age 14, Bill Westheimer has been fascinated with alternative processes including high school experiments in holography, solarization, and high contrast imagery. At Union College Bill studied with noted painter and educator Arnold Bittelman. He continued with his experiments in photography and experimental image making while completing college.
Later Westheimer studied with Jerry Burchfield who introduced him to color photograms and Cibachrome (now Ilfochrome) printing. Bill went on to teach Cibachrome printing at Colorado Mountain College in Aspen. Early in this millennium he learned the 19th century technique of collodion glass plate photography from the leading experts in the field: France Scully and Mark Osterman.
Recent work includes photograms made on collodion glass plates, Ilfochrome and gelatin silver media. He has been collaborating on a camera obscura project with Charles Schwartz documenting the city of New York, and continues his Manual Project – The Personalities of Hands. His works are exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide.Bill lives and works in West Orange, New Jersey in a converted 1885 carriage house that includes a modern darkroom and digital printing studio.
The Gallery Director is pleased to speak with groups of students, members of community and other interested parties about the works and the artist with advance notice.