We are happy to welcome our newest contributor to the Tubac Presidio Park on-line Gift Shop, William Ahrendt, who, at the age of seven, announced to his parents that he was going to be a painter! At 17, he entered The Cleveland Institute of Art. Upon graduation, Bill won the Institute’s coveted European Study Scholarship. The scholarship afforded Bill a one year European study tour, however his discoveries in the great museums of Europe kept him there for 11 years. While living in Germany, he enrolled in the Munich Academy of Creative Art and studied painting techniques of the Renaissance and Baroque periods.
Bill returned to America in 1968. He completed his Masters Degree in Art History at ASU and became the Art Department Chairperson at Glendale Community College. He now devotes his time to the creation of historical paintings of the West and shares his life with his lovely wife, Shari, in Pine, AZ. Bill’s works are highly sought by collectors worldwide.
Bill has been contributing editor of Arizona Highways magazine, where his paintings and articles have been published in over 40 issues. He has been featured in Southwest Art and Art of the West magazines. Phoenix Home and Gardens featured Bill as the Master Artist in the March 2002 issue.
In April of this year, Tubac Presidio State Historic Park received 16 William Ahrendt paintings that were originally part of the Arizona Highways “Cavalcade of History” series. They are exhibited as a permanent collection in Otero Hall and this is the first time these amazing paintings have been shown together. The Park has dedicated this exhibit to Alan B. Davis, longtime resident and businessman.
For more about Bill and his work, please visit his website.
William Ahrendt postcards and paintings in our gift shop