Alum Bill Plank Has Many Blank Canvases to Fill


Retirement has been treating MCCC Fine Arts alum Bill Plank well. Since retiring from Hightstown High School in 2007, where he taught Studio Art and Art History for 22 years, Plank has spent a lot of time in the studio. During this highly productive period, he has painted upwards of 20 paintings, 14 of which were on display in a one-man show entitled "Spirit and Dream" at the Lawrence Headquarters of the Mercer County Library System in April.

According to Plank, the show was a collection of fantasy paintings that depict angels, mythological figures and medieval imagery in a realistic style. "My goal is to maximize the visual impact on the viewer by pulling together the theme in every square inch of each painting," Plank said.

Plank is pictured at the Lawrence Library, where 14 of his recent paintings were displayed during the month of April.

Plank earned his Mercer degree in Visual Arts in 1977 and his bachelor's in Art Education from Trenton State College. Throughout his years of teaching, Plank continued to produce and exhibit his own artwork. He has exhibited his artwork at the Educational Testing Service in Princeton and Capitol Health Systems' Mercer Campus. A member of the Lawrence Arts Council, he is currently represented by the Lawrence Gallery in the Lawrence Shopping Center. His artwork can be viewed online at, where he has notecards and prints for sale.

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