- Guggenheim Fellow (1965)
William Bailey was born in Iowa in 1930. He studied art at the University of Kansas and then Yale University, where he studied with Josef Albers. Bailey's work has been exhibited in both America and Europe. His work can be found in the collections of The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and the Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. In 1965, Bailey was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in painting, was elected to The National Academy of Design in 1983, and elected to The American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1986. He taught at Indiana University and Yale University, where he served as dean of the School of Art. Bailey is best known for his paintings, prints, and drawings of still life and of the figure.