William, the son of an artist, was the founding Executive Director of the Claremont Museum of Art in Claremont, Los Angeles County, California. The museum opened with the critically acclaimed exhibit, Karl Benjamin: Conversations in Color in 2007. Other exhibits organized included Ephemeral: Explorations in Light – an international, multi-media exhibition featuring dynamic light-based installations and sculptures; Multiverse, explored the hypothesis that physical reality exists within a set of multiple, parallel universes; Vexing: Female Voices from East LA Punk, which explored Chicanas’ roles during an important music and art period. Vexing was a featured exhibit representing the City of Los Angeles at the 2009 Guadalajara International Book Fair.
Prior to this position he was the Executive Director of The Mexican Museum in San Francisco, where he was responsible for all aspects of museum operations, permanent collection acquisitions, public programs and capital fundraising. During his tenure the museum mounted exhibitions such as: Jose Luis Cuevas – Works on Paper; Day of the Dead Highlights from the Rex May Collection; Selections from the Nelson Rockefeller Collection of Popular Art and others.
Prior to his museum positions, William was the Director commercial fine-art gallery located in Northern California’s Silicon Valley focusing on contemporary art and photography. Exhibitions curated included Lucienne Bloch: A Passionate Life, which featured photographs and estate ephemera of Diego Rivera’s key assistant on the famed Rockefeller center murals.
He served as Associate Director of ArtPadSF – an experimental contemporary art fair launched at San Francisco’s famed Phoenix Hotel. He has participated in a number of fairs in Miami, Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, San Francisco and Palm Springs.
He has been a featured speaker and panelist at San Francisco’s Commonwealth Club, American Institute of Architecture, Latino Art Now Conference, Contemporary Art Conversations and others. He has appeared on Los Angeles’ KCET’s series California’s Gold and other media programs. William has served on the City of Los Angeles (C.O.L.A.) Individual Artist Fellowships and NALAC Fund for the Arts, the California Community Foundation Artist Fellowships panels and as portfolio reviewer for PhotoAlliance and the San Jose Institute for Contemporary Art. William has curated a number of exhibitions and published artists catalogs and monographs.
He currently serves on a Advisory Board for the California Association of Museums and was previously: Board Chair of Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Hollywood.