Throughout his prolific career spanning more than four decades, William Dunlap has painted idyllic, pastoral landscape scenes in the American regionalist tradition.
Possibly his most ambitious undertaking, Panorama of the American Landscape is a fourteen-panel, 112 feet long cyclorama painting depicting the Shenandoah Valley in summer and the Antietam battlefield in winter. Commissioned by the Corcoran Gallery of Art for their Rotunda Gallery in 1985, the painting has been shown in nearly a dozen U.S. museums and art centers and is now part of the permanent collection of the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson.
Dunlap has exhibited extensively and his work has been collected by both individual collectors and public institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Mississippi Museum of Art, and the Arkansas Art Center. He has been the recipient of numerous honors, grants, and awards throughout his career, including fellowships from the Rockefeller, Lila Wallace, and Warhol Foundations. DUNLAP, a comprehensive survey of his work, was published by the University Press of Mississippi in 2006.
Dunlap received his BA from Mississippi College, and his MFA from the University of Mississippi. He has taught at Appalachian State University in North Carolina (1970-79) and Memphis State University (1979-80). Currently, he maintains studios in Florida, Virginia, and Mississippi.