Bill Sturdivant

I was born in Middlesboro, Kentucky (March, 1947) and lived in the Noetown community for 18 years. I migrated to California the week after graduating from MHS in 1965. I enlisted in the Army for four years just two months later. I lived near Atlanta from 1969 until 2010. I took my retirement from Suntrust Bank in 2004 and returned in 2010 to Tazewell, Tennessee.

Military: 1965-69 -- Army Security Agency as a Russian Linguist during the Cold War. I served at TUSLOG DET4 in Sinop, Turkey and at the National Security Agency. After my training in Monterey I held a top secret crypto security clearance. I was never armed. My tools were a Collins R390A radio and a tape recorder. Those of us who served in the ASA refer to ourselves as "spooks".

Education: Military: Defense Language Institute, Monterey, Calif. Russian language with native instructors. Goodfellow Air Base, San Angelo, Texas. Radio Intercept.

College: Bachelor of Visual Art (a professional level program) - Georgia State University, Atlanta My emphasis was in Studio Drawing and Painting with courses in ceramics and printmaking. I did extensive studies in Art History from the Renaissance to the 20th Century.

Career: Suntrust Bank where I began as a check sorter operator and became a mainframe Cobol programmer managing the data processing applications for many of the bank's departments for Trust Accounting, Automated Clearing House, Customer Information, etc.
Unisys corporation where I worked for 10 years as a traveling consultant/installer on banking systems. The large and small banks I consulted with were across the country, several were in New York including NYC, one each in Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois and Oklahoma, two in Indiana and Ohio, three in Pennsylvania and eight in California. I logged 400,000 miles on DELTA alone from my base in Atlanta.

Learning Never Stops: I studied my old masters in many of the nation's major museums and in most of the major exhibitions that came to Atlanta's High Museum over the 40 years I lived there.
In over 50 years I've spent time in The Met, the Whitney, MOMA and the Frick in NYC; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Gilcrease in Tulsa; the Boston Museum and Harvard Museum; the San Diego Museum and the LA County Museum in California: the Buffalo Bill Museum and the Whitney in Cody, Wy.; the National Gallery, the Freer and the Hirshorn in Wash. DC.; the High Museum, the Georgia Museum and many others that I cannot remember.

Exhibiting: I've exhibited in shows and festivals in Georgia and the Tri-State. I've taken a number of ribbons for my work. A charcoal drawing took 2nd place in 2-D in the Art of the Golden Generation, Marietta, Ga. in 2009.

For several years I set up a tent at the Genealogy Jamboree in the Gap.
For several years I set up a booth at the Cumberland Mountain Fall Festival.
For several years I've participated in the Arts in the Park festival in Morristown.
For several years I've shown work in the MAA Annual Juried Show in Morristown.
For several years I've shown in the annual Morristown Art Association members show.

Art Media: I work in oils, watercolor and with anything that will leave a graphic mark on paper.
My subjects are varied and usually realism but I go abstract at times.
I will consider doing commissions.

Contact Info
238 Beeler Drive, Tazewell, Tn. 37879
phone: (423) 626-1574

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