William Abbe, (1916-1983)
William “Bill” Abbé was artist-in-residence and teacher at St. Paul’s School, Concord, NH, for 32 years until retiring in 1981. His summers and retirement were spent in Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard where he maintained a studio. From 1940 to 1943, Bill served as an illustrator for the U.S. Army in Ft. Monroe, VA, until going to Europe in 1944. During his lifetime, he traveled twice around the world and recorded his impressions in sketchbooks, paintings, prints and photographs.
While at the Rectory School, Pomfret, CT, Bill studied under Beatrice Stevens, a well-known Pomfret artist, who first discovered and nurtured his talent. He pursued his art studies at Avon Old Farms School and the Yale Drama School; studied graphic design with Sternberg at the Art Students League, NY; and graduated from Columbia University with an art education degree.
Major exhibitions have been held at the New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT; the Red Barn Gallery, West Tisbury, MA; St. Paul’s School; and the Library of Congress’ National Exhibit of Prints (1950). Bill was a life member of the Students League.