williamCromar is an artist and educator based in Philadelphia. He hybridizes a peculiar blend of architecture, music, animation and artmaking into a unique body of sculptural and installation art. This work develops paradoxical manifestations of the human need for (despite the futility in) finding or inventing order. He was one of three collaborators who received a Silver Medal at the International Biennial of Architecture in Sofia, Bulgaria for the film order through geometry, produced with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. He was awarded an exhibition in the Samuel Fleisher Art Memorial’s Challenge Exhibitions, a prestigious regional competition sponsored by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and was selected as a Finalist for the Pew Fellowships in the Arts.
Solo exhibitions include halfwayhouse, an installation at Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art sponsored by inLiquid.com, and redrain at aFSe Gallery in Philadelphia. A long-term installation at Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, titled gtmo, was recently renovated for its 10th anniversary and is currently on view. He collaborated with DesignPhiladelphia in the exhibition 4/4 at Michelle Liao Collection, where his first projection installation see d’ was unveiled.
In 2008, he cofounded TangenT ArT CollaboraTive with Yvonne Love and Gabrielle Russomagno. TangenT is dedicated to the creation of mixed-media, project-based, immersive art environments exploring socially relevant and politically current themes through transcendent metaphor, The group enjoys exhibiting in non-traditional venues like the HOPE (Hackers On Planet Earth) Conference in New York, as well as publicly accessible exhibition spaces such as International House Philadelphia, which hosted the multi-media work 709b in 2012. TangenT's most ambitious project to date, RedAct, culminated in an installation at Crane Arts in Philadelphia, funded in part by a grant from the Barra Foundation in 2016.
williamCromar has exhibited nationwide, freelanced as an architectural modeling consultant, taught and lectured at the University of Pennsylvania, served as Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture at Philadelphia University, and was a visiting critic at Wesleyan University. He is currently Chair for the Penn State Abington College Art Program, where he also teaches new media art, encouraging emerging artists to create senseless acts of beauty on the Mackintosh.