Born in Pinehurst, North Carolina in 1953, William Mangum knew at the age of eight that he would pursue art as his livelihood. Today, he has earned the reputation of being North Carolina's foremost landscape artist. With more than 3,000 paintings to his credit, Bill has celebrated his state like no other. His paintings have won both National and International acclaim in major shows and museums. 2015 marks an important milestone in his career: 40 years of being a Professional Artist.
Eight coffee table books and two films pay tribute to his artistry and masterful painting of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Outer Banks, capturing extraordinary landscapes and four distinct seasons of the Old North State.
"Carolina Preserves — An Artist Inspired Home Collection" debuted at the Fall Furniture Market in 2013 to rave reviews. Bill's keen sense of color and love of architecture led to a collaboration with Klaussner Furniture, creating a storied home collection crafted with ageless architectural elements and thoughtful function and scale. From it's initial launch, "Carolina Preserves" has now expanded into outdoor furniture with Uwharrie Chair, painted accent furniture by Coast to Coast, and a full line of hand crafted rugs by Surya.
For more than thirty-five years Bill has successfully maintained his own gallery, showcasing his artwork, publications, and Home Collection. Both private and corporate collectors come from across the country to acquire his artwork. Bill continues to be one of the most prolific artists, creating over 60 originals each year. To date, more than 400 limited editions have been created from his extraordinary paintings. One of Bill's greatest gifts is to come alongside many Fortune 500 companies, helping them celebrate their brand with art. From Bank of America to the Men's and Women's US Open, Bill's artwork has been capitalized by countless companies and events.
Bill is a gifted orator, giving insight to his prolific career as well as the keys to his business acumen. Whether it's entertaining guests at a Board retreat, to top producers of a Fortune 500 company, Bill's highly crafted programs never cease to amaze audiences. Digitally capturing the creation of his latest painting and sharing it with his audience is the equivalent of watching a magician perform on stage. This may be one of the most insightful and entertaining venues you could ever partake of.
Since the beginning of his career Bill has created specific paintings to aid a variety of social causes, including Greensboro Urban Ministry, Hospice, United Way, Greensboro Mental Health Society, The Azalea Festival, The Scholastic Art Awards, and many others. Bill is grateful that his contribution of art and personal involvement in these causes has raised awareness and funds for non-profit agencies throughout the United States. Now, in it's twenty-sixth year, The Honor Card program is a testimony of it's outreach to the state's needy and homeless community. With the support of the Wells Fargo Foundation and Mike and Sara Kearny, The Honor Card program has expanded to 13 cities across the state, raising more than five million dollars for agencies to give hope, encouragement, and support to the indigent.