Member since June 2004
William Raines received his Bachelor of Science in Art from Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska and his Master of Art Education from Truman State University. He then completed his terminal degree at California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California with a Master of Fine Arts in Studio Production.
He is currently an art instructor at both Fresno State and Fresno City College, where he teaches a range of classes from Drawing to Content and Form. He also is actively engaged in the global art community, which include the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, presenter for the Arts & Education Summit Region 7: Create the State, presenter for the Arts Education Summit for California County Superintendents Arts Initiative “Arts in School”, Visiting Artist for the “Walking of Art” at East Carolina University North Carolina, and Visiting Art Educator/Guest Artist for the Second International Symposium on Creativity and Child Development at Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, China.
His various honors and awards include: Fresno Unified School District Artist-in-Residence Grant, Fresno Arts Council Horizon Award for Outstanding Citizen Awards in the Arts and Fresno Arts Council Community Enrichment Program Grant for his development of the Partners in Focus Program for youth enrichment through the arts.
He seeks to bring art and education to the wider student population of the San Joaquin Valley at all levels. William is a founding member of Corridor 2122.