Bill Morton


Craft + Emerging Media

Associate Professor, Fibre

“My process is open-ended, offering limitless opportunities for exploration of colour and pattern. Each piece reflects a particular state of mind. The techniques I use take time and patience and require focus as unanticipated variations can occur when material, colour and process coalesce into something new.”

Bill Morton is a Calgary-based artist and teacher. His work is collected and shown in the United States, Japan, China and Canada. A graduate of the Alberta College of Art (1967), he studied in Japan from 1969 to 1983 including ten years apprenticing with a Master Dyer.

Member of ACAD faculty since 1983.


Honours Diploma in Sculpture, Alberta College of Art, Calgary

Selected Professional Activity:

Tinctorium, Stride Gallery, Calgary, Canada, 2012

International Dyers Exhibition, Guizhou, Gui Yang, China, 1997

Bill Morton: Dyed Works, The Nickle Arts Museum, Calgary, Alberta, 1994

Canadian Textile Art: Three Perspectives, Itami City Craft Gallery, Itami, Japan, 1992

Kimonos by Bill Morton, Kuroda Tei, Osaka, Japan , 1982

Selected Publications:

Morton, Bill, “Tinctorium”, Stride Gallery, Calgary, essay by Mackenzie Frere. 2013, pp. 24 – 31

Morton, Bill “Bill Morton: Master Silk Dyer”, essay by Paula Gustafson, Artichoke, Canmore, Alberta, 2002

Morton, Bill “Superfine Selection of International Batik”, Exhibition Catalogue, Guizhou, Gui Yang, China, 1997

Bill, Morton “Book of Days”, Royal Academy of Arts, Canada, 1997, pp. November 12

Selected Awards:

Numerous Commissions in Japan and in Canada through Virginia Christopher Galleries, Calgary, Alberta

Alberta Centennial Arts Award, Government of Alberta, 2005