Above: Hemmerdinger's "Untitled -- Bunraku Performer, 1982" is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, "considered to be among the most important collections of post-war art in the world".
Begun in 1967, the artistic career of William Hemmerdinger is distinguished by over forty years of production in a variety of styles and materials. His paintings are in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Mobil Oil Corporation, New York and the Federal Reserve Bank, San Francisco. His prints and handmade books are in the permanent collections of Via Novelli, Italy, Barbara Hepworth Museum, England, National Library of Canada and the Art Institute of Chicago. Paintings, sculpture, collage, assemblage, prints and handmade books have been exhibited at the National Academy of Design; American Watercolor Society, New York, California National Water Color Society, Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Museum of Modern Art, Seoul, Korea, the Olympic Arts Festivals, (Los Angeles and Seoul) and galleries in New York, London, Paris, Munich, Tokyo, Seoul and New Delhi. The artist has completed mural commissions and architectural collaborations for the Shelburne Hotel, New York, Plaza 50 Hotel, New York, Hilton Hotel, Pasadena and the Le Merigot, Santa Monica. His stone and bronze sculptural and environmental designs have been included in A.I.A., A.S.I.D. and A.S.L.A. award-winning projects. Hemmerdinger is the recipient of many awards, including California National Water Color Society, (1971, 1974), National Watercolor Society, (1979), American Watercolor Society, (1971) City of Los Angeles, (1969, 1988, 1989); The Julia and David White Artists’ Colony Fellowship to Costa Rica (1999). Since starting his teaching career in 1973, he has taught at several fine universities, art institutes and colleges including Pomona, Claremont, CalArts, Otis/Parsons and Boston Architectural College. The artist is listed in: Pate-Havlice, Fielding (Creps edition) and Perine. See also: Who’s Who in American Art (1980 – present); The California Art Review and The New York Art Review.