Bill First

Bill is a Chicago-based artist who creates custom-designed and hand-built furniture and accessories.  He prides himself on involving clients as much as possible throughout the design process to make unique pieces unlike anything found in retail establishments.


  • Millersville University ÔÇô B.A. in Psychology
  • Columbia College-Chicago ÔÇô Photography & Darkroom Courses


Furniture design and fabrication, woodworking, studio photography

Areas of focus:

Mid-century through Modern furniture design and fabrication


Exhibition highlights:

  • Central Street Arts Walk, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL ÔÇô 2018
  • ÔÇ£Creative Furnishings 2, A Collection from Chicago Designers + Makers,ÔÇØ Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago, IL ÔÇô 2017-2018
  • Winter Arts + Crafts Expo, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL ÔÇô 2015-2017
  • The Distinctive Furniture Show, Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago, IL ÔÇô 2012

Other interests and inspirations:

Music and movies of all kinds, digital photography, cooking

Exhibition highlights:

Tor Faegre Memorial Bench Commission, Ryerson Woods, Deerfield, IL ÔÇô 2010

BillÔÇÖs teaching style

He emphasizes safety in the workplace first and foremost.  He teaches students the fine art of woodworking, combining techniques and aesthetics of working with wood.

Bill loves EAC because . . .

Over the past two years he has had the pleasure of teaching and working with students with a variety of skills, techniques, and unique projects. Watching them develop as woodworkers and seeing their projects come to fruition is the most rewarding part of teaching at the Evanston Art Center.

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