Bill Worrell’s art career spans more than thirty years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology with a minor in English from Texas Tech University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting and drawing with a minor in sculpture from the University of North Texas.
During eighteen years of college and university teaching he held a doctoral fellowship at the University of North Texas, was Associate Professor of Art at Odessa College, and was Professor of Art at Houston Baptist University. He taught classes in sculpture, ceramics, art appreciation, jewelry, painting, and drawing.
At his home and studio on the banks of the Llano River in the Texas Hill Country, Worrell now enjoys a successful career as sculptor and painter. Executed in various sculptural, paint, and print media, his works are copyrighted interpretations of the ancient pictographs found in abundance along the confluence of the Lower Pecos River with the Middle Rio Grande, on what is now the border of Texas and Mexico.
Worrell’s work can be found in fine art galleries and collections across the United States, as well as in private and corporate collections worldwide. He has been a featured artist in more than one hundred one-man shows and exhibitions and in numerous two-man and group exhibitions. His seventeen-foot, three-inch monumental bronze entitled “The Maker of Peace”, owned by the State of Texas, overlooks the ancient Fate Bell rock shelter at Seminole Canyon State Historical Park between Langtry and Comstock, Texas, west of Del Rio.
Bill Worrell made his Santa Fe art debut in 1986 at the C. G. Rein Gallery. In 1989, Worrell affiliated with the Frank Howell Gallery and the Contemporary Southwest Galleries, both owned by Frank Howell. After Howell’s death in 1996, a new owner operated the gallery until his death in 2010. In 2011, Jay and Mary Adams acquired this space on the corner of Palace Avenue and Washington Street and opened it as the Worrell Gallery.