Bill Laing, RCA
William (Bill) Laing was born in Glasgow, Scotland and immigrated to Canada in 1960. He studied at the Vancouver School of Art, Brighton Polytechnic in England and received his Master’s Degree from the Royal College of Art in London, England in 1974. Bill came back to Canada to teach at the Alberta College of Art and Design but was then hired by Harry Kiyooka to teach at the University of Calgary in 1977, alongside John Hall, John Will, Noboru Sawai and John Chalke. Bill taught at the University of Calgary for 39 years, retiring at the end of 2015. Bill’s legacy as a professor can be seen in his successful students which include Ken Webb, Marjan Eggermont, Laurel Johannesson, Jason Frizzell, Glen Semple, Marigold Santos and Brad Harms to name a few. He was awarded the University of Calgary Student Union Teaching Excellence Award in 2006, 2011, 2012 and 2013 and was also the University of Calgary Student Union Teaching Excellence “Hall of Fame Award” in 2013.
Bill Laing has exhibited in over 500 group shows and 50 solo shows across Canada and around the world, is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (R.C.A.), an elected Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Painters and Printmakers (London, England), and has received the Order of The University of Calgary in 2006. Bill Laing’s extensive collections list includes (to name a few): British Museum, National Gallery of Canada, Museum of Art, Strasbourg, France, Saidye Bronfman Centre, Montreal, National Gallery of Australia, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles County Museum, the Kyoto Museum of Art, Japan, Guangdong Museum of Art, Shanghai, China and the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, England.