Biography of William Mangum — North Carolina's Artist



The term “Entrepreneur” epitomizes William Mangum. His 40-year lively-hood as an Artist, Designer, Author, Publisher, Gallery Owner and Keynote speaker is telling of the various paths that he has capitalized on. His roots began with a 59-cent tray of watercolors as a senior at UNCG. Since then Bill has used his talent to travel around the world creating more than three thousand paintings. England, The Greek Isles, Italy, Austria and Switzerland are just a handful of the sojourns that encompass the 3,000 paintings he has created in his career.


Never one to forget his roots, Bill has idealized his beloved state of North Carolina with six books that celebrate its rich heritage. Carolina Preserves drew inspiration from 48 North Carolinians such as Charlie Rose, Richard Petty, Michael Jordan, Elizabeth Dole and Billy Graham to name a few.  Accompanied with 138 paintings, this award-winning book was the genesis for the first High-Definition film produced in North Carolina.  This extraordinary volume culminated with a one-man exhibition at the North Carolina Museum of History.


Bill’s company and international publishers in New York and London have published over 400 editions of his artwork.  Utilizing licensing agreements, his paintings have been produced in a myriad of attractive gift items. Recognizing that art can be a voice, Bill has come alongside many Fortune 500 companies to celebrate their brand with his art.  Bank of America, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Sealy, Syngenta, Lincoln Financial have all utilized his artwork from boardrooms to corporate outings.  Accompanying this partnership is his ability to entertain clients with his keynote programs.


His 4,500 square foot studio-gallery is solely dedicated to his work.  One example of Bill’s success comes from a personal relationship with his collectors that number more than 20,000 buyers.  Annually his Open House literally draws thousands of admirers that stand in line for his annual thank you print that has become a collector’s item.


Recognizing the unique privilege to be an artist, he has championed many charities and outreach for the needy.  For twenty-nine years Bill has created an annual Honor Card to raise funds for the homeless across North Carolina.  Its outreach encompasses thirteen cities.  To date the Honor Card program has raised nearly seven million dollars for the needy and homeless across North Carolina.  Bill’s philanthropic outreach was recognized Christmas Eve on NBC Evenings News with Brian Williams – Making a Difference Segment.


In 2013 Klaussner Home Furnishing invited Bill to collaborate and create "Carolina Preserves - An Artist Inspired Home Collection".  This broad collection of Living Room, Bedroom, Dining and Upholstery pays tribute to the diversity and character of North Carolina's diverse topography and seasons. Today there are five distinct "Artist Inspired Home Collections"  Blue Ridge, Sea Breeze, Southern Pines, Riverbank and debuting October 2016 is Simply Urban.  Today additional manufacturing partners have come on board to compliment Bill's vision.  Coast to Coast- Accent Furniture, StyleCraft - Wall Decor and Lamps and Surya - hand crafted rugs.


According to Steve Doherty, former editor of American Artist Magazine, “Mangum is part of a great tradition in American watercolor painting.  Each time he enters his studio with paints, brushes, paper and ideas, he creates a lasting record of the world around us.”


Bill resides with his wife Cynthia in Greensboro, NC where they have three grown children and three adorable grand children. 



Aside from his commercial success, his stunning art has been shown in many exhibitions across the United States and abroad. Bill’s paintings have been shown by notable museums and art organizations, including the National Arts Club, the Society of Illustrators, Allied Artists of America, the Salmagundi Club and the Knickerbocker Artists League all in New York. Bill has participated or exhibited in the Aqueous Open in Louisville, the New Realists show in Chicago, the Butler Art Institute in Youngstown Ohio and the International Watercolor Exhibition in London. An artist with a broad palette, Bill creates a colorful collection of landscape and architectural paintings. These handsome, stylish pieces feature the coast, mountains, urban landscapes and beautiful hideaways from around the world.

Starting with a 59-cent tray of watercolors, Bill has produced more than 3,000 originals — all drawn from his thirty years of travels throughout North Carolina and abroad. Bill has built a solid reputation as one of the most respected and collected artist in North Carolina. He has self-published over 300 paintings as limited edition prints. More than 50,000 of his works have made their way into private and corporate collections! Bill is also published by Bruce McGraw Graphics in New York, one of the premier publishers of fine art in the world. As a result, a network of 250 dealers continually buy Bill’s releases as they are published. (Annually, eight to ten paintings are reproduced and marketed to a wholesale and retail audience.) Over 20,000 private collectors excitedly anticipate Bill’s annual limited edition releases. 



book, "Behold the Beauty," featured his highly respected and collected regional watercolors and text drawn from three TV journalists. "Carolina Preserves," is a collection of 48 North Carolinians sharing their impressions and common love for the state of North Carolina. "Carolina Preserves" contains 130 original paintings Bill created to complement and illustrate the contributor's essays. Elizabeth Dole, Richard Petty, Michael Jordan, Charlie Rose, and Ruth and Billy Graham were just a few contributors who partnered with Bill to celebrate the virtues of calling North Carolina home. UNC-TV produced an hour-long film based upon "Carolina Preserves," and the film has since aired countless times on PBS. Both the book and film have won state and national awards for artistic, educational, and historical achievement.

In 2005, Bill was selected as the official artist for the US Open golf tournament to be held in Pinehurst. Recognizing the charm and rich heritage of the Village of Pinehurst, Bill created thirty eight paintings capturing the charm of its cottages, Carolina Hotel and many other scenes that make it such a legendary resort. Pinehurst No. 2 consistently ranks in the top 10 golf courses in the nation and golf pros revere it’s Donald Ross greens as some of the most challenging. Village of Pinehurst is a fitting tribute to a unique era that continues to live on today.

Greensboro Roots and Renaissance is a Bicentennial celebration of his home town of more than 35 years. Over 100 paintings were created to showcase some of the greatest assets of this vibrant community. Bill shows that a wide and highly interesting variety of businesses, neighborhoods, sports and theatrical venues and more — both old and new — are the keys to Greensboro’s rich heritage and exciting future.

An avid golfer, Bill was invited to become a member of the North Carolina Golf Panel in 2009. Playing and ranking the states courses became the genesis for his sixth book- Classic North Carolina Golf Courses. A fitting tribute to the “Old Guard” by such renowned architects as Donald Ross, Ellis Maples, George Cobb and Pete Dye to name a few. Seventy-eight new originals are showcased celebrating twenty-three clubs such as Linville Golf Club dating back to 1892, Cape Fear Country Club – 1896 and Pinehurst No. 2, 1895 revered as the finest in state. This is a must have for any golf fan's library!


As you flip through the pages of North Carolina-Beautiful published in 2011 imagine yourself hiking the majestic Blue Ridge mountains, soaking up local culture near historical landmarks or simply walking the shores of our pristine beaches. These beautiful settings remain a constant reminder of how important conservation and preservation are to ensuring further generations will enjoy the same natural treasures. Explore, Celebrate and Protect for future generations were the genesis for this storied book and beautiful documentary by UNC-TV.


In 1987 Bill was approached by a homeless fellow by the name of Mike Saavedra for a handout.  That encounter forever changed his life, not meeting Mike's needs for that morning but becoming his friend and caretaker until his passing in 1991.  During that time many life lessons came about and Bill's heart was pricked and his artistic talents were tapped to create the Honor Card program.  This mini biography and touching personal story detail the history of a outreach program that has garnered national acclaim.  Now in its second publication "Michael's Gift" share the imagery and inspiration of each Honor Card painting.


In 2000, Bill revamped his fourth gallery. This 4,500 square foot space exclusively showcases his artwork. Each fall, he hosts a two-day Open House, which has proven to be a mushrooming event. More than 3,000 avid collectors visit the gallery over these fun 48 hours to meet the artist and purchase his works. Bill’s approachable attitude and celebrity-worthy smile belies his truly eloquent way with words. Add this to his deep well of talent and it’s very easy to see why Bill has become familiar to a growing group of collectors through magazine features in North Carolina Now, Pine Straw, US Airways in-flight publication, Our State, Southern Accents and Capturing the Spirit of the Carolinas. He has also been interviewed on North Carolina Now and The Bill Friday Show and recently featured on The NBC Evening News - Making a Difference.


Bill and his staff make sure his expanding successes also benefit his state and community in surprising ways. Bill has created specific images to directly aid a variety of social causes, including Greensboro Urban Ministry, Hospice, United Way, Greensboro Mental Health Society, Greensboro Ballet, The Scholastic Art Awards and many others. Bill is humbly thankful and proud that the contribution of art and personal involvement in these causes have raised millions of dollars for non-profit agencies throughout United States. Now in its thirtieth year The Honor Card program is a testimony of his outreach to the state’s needy and homeless community. With the support of the Wells Fargo Foundation, The Honor Card program has expanded to fourteen cities across the state raising nearly seven million dollars for agencies to give hope, encouragement and support to the homeless and needy.