"You bring your baggage to my work and I'll bring mine."
-Dominic Rouse

Wm Daniel File
Manchester, Missouri

 

Biography                  (b. 1948, Decatur, Illinois    Lives and works in the St. Louis, MO area)

Mr. File has spent most of his adult life working and teaching in the visual and performing arts. He has a BS in Education degree from Eastern Illinois University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Minnesota. All of the work Mr. File has done in the theatre arts, from lighting design and production, scenic design & building, painting, and even his collaboration with other artists, has substantially informed and influenced his aesthetic approach to his present work as an award-winning photographic artist, with 9 solo exhibitions and over 40 juried regional and national exhibitions since 2009. His work is represented in several corporate permanent collections, in publications, and has been featured in a US Senator's Washington office. Early in Mr. File's career as an award-winning university professor, he worked as a 'theatrical photographer', shooting actor and model headshots, promotional photography for various theatres, and record images for various theatrical artists. Besides teaching theatrical design classes (scenic & lighting design primarily), he was responsible for the design elements of more than 180 theatrical productions. He taught those elements at both graduate and undergraduate levels, and included technical elements of the theatre in classes such as sound design & production, property design & production, and stage management. He served on many MFA and PhD thesis committees. After retiring from university teaching, Mr. File built a career as a union actor for professional theatre (Actor's Equity Association) and film & television (Screen Actor's Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists), and performed in regional theatres across the US, in more than 70 drama, comedy, musical, and Shakespearian productions

 

 

Education

            Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois (B.S., in Education, 1970)
            University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota (MFA, Scenography, Photography, 1973)

 

University Teaching

(1987-1989) Washington University (St. Louis)

(1984-1986) Northern Kentucky University (Highland Heights)

(1978-1983) University of North Carolina at Greensboro

(1974-1978) Northern Michigan University (Marquette)

 

Permanent Collections || Publications || Awards

HNTB Corporation, Kansas City, Missouri • The Coffee Hound Café, Normal, Illinois || Manifest Gallery, International Photography Annual 3, 2015, Pages 60, 128 - 129, Peoria Art Guild • Catalogue "Urban Underground", 2014, Pages 17 - 18 || Eureka Springs Gallery, Second Prize Winner - 2018 • Ceil Gallery, Third Prize Winner - 2017 • Soulard Art Gallery, Award of Excellence - 2016 • Clayton Fine Art Gallery, Third Prize Winner - 2015 •

 

Solo Exhibitions [SELECTED]

2015 • Courtroom Gallery, City of Manchester, Missouri • The Moment • 23 Select Prints
2014 • Third Degree Glass Factory, East Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri •
Welcome to My World • 14 Select Prints
2013 • Fleishman-Hillard Corporate Headquarters, St. Louis, Missouri •
Transport • 18 Select Prints
2012 • Arts In Transit/Metro, St. Louis, Missouri
Transport • 26 select Prints
2012 • Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill's Senatorial Office, Washington DC •
Gateway, To The West
2011 • Iowa Wesleyan College, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa •
Ghosts of the Prairie • 20 Select Prints
2010 • St. Louis Development Corporation, St. Louis Missouri •
Selected Prints

 

Recent Juried Exhibitions [SELECTED]

2019    •The Photography Center Northwest • Seattle, Washington • Escher Blue • Jurors: Laura Behnert, Senior Manager of Starbucks Creative Studio, and Conor Rich, Senior
            Editor of Photo District News and PDNOnline.com

2018    Webster Arts Gallery • Webster Groves, Missouri • Both Sides Of A Complex Issue
           
Art Saint Louis Gallery • St. Louis, Missouri • Wicked Calm • Juror: Debra Drexler, Chairperson, Professor of Art, U of Hawai'i at Manoa•
            • The Foundry Art Center • Saint Charles, Missouri • Trapped By A Stone Waterfall
            • Eureka Springs Gallery • Eureka Springs, Arkansas • Time Share #0779, and Day Hawks
            • Lincoln Gallery • Loveland, Colorado •Full Moon At Uluru, and Both Sides Of A Complex Issue
            • The Foundry Art Center • Saint Charles, Missouri • As It Stands Now and Millennium Three Point Oh
            • Peoria Art Guild • Peoria, Illinois • As I Recall • Juror: Nathan Cox, Professor of Art, South Carolina School of the Arts
2017    Providence Center for Photographic Arts • Providence, Rhode Island •As I Recall
            • Ciel Gallery • Charlotte, North Carolina • Kandinsky Blue
            • Art Saint Louis Gallery • St. Louis, Missouri • As I Recall, and Locked Behind A Breeze
           
Kansas City Artists Coalition • Kansas City, Missouri • Gloved Chains and I'm Melting • Curator: Curlee Raven Holton, Painter & Printmaker, Exec. Director of the David C.
            Driskell Center and Senior Artist-in-Residence in the Dept of Art at the University of Maryland •
            • 30th Annual National Juried Photography Exhibition • Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, New York • Triumph Of Change • Jurors: Isaac Diggs, Faculty at School of Visual
            Arts; Rebecca Morse, Associate Curator, Wallis Annenberg Photography Dept, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Robert Stevens, Former Photo Editor at Time Magazine
2016   2nd Biennial Regional Exhibition • Olivet Nazarine University, Bourbonnais, IL • Day Hawks
           • The Yeiser Art Gallery • Paducah, Kentucky • Old Times Not Forgotten
           • Soulard Art Market • St. Louis, Missouri • FActual Truth 2,and Abstraction
2015   • Clayton Fine Art Gallery • Clayton, Missouri • Past Years, Past Winters... , Cat Nap, and The Gallery Experience
           • The Yeiser Art Gallery • Paducah, Kentucky • Past Years, Past Winters...
2014   • The Sharon Arts Center • Peterborough, New Hampshire • Second City By The Water
           • Barnes-Jewish Hospital • St. Louis, Missouri • Family
2013   • Salisbury Concours d'Elegance • Des Moines, Iowa • Transport


Acting, Theatre [SELECTED]

Tennesse Repertory Theatre, Nashville, TN
        Oscar Hubbard, THE LITTLE FOXES (with Tandy Cronyn as Regina)
        Ragueneau, CYRANO DE BERGERAC
St. Louis Shakespeare Co

Falstaff, HENRY FOUR, PART I

Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Little Rock, AR

Paul Sycamore, YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU

Stage Door Theatre, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Senex, A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM

Samuel Chase, 1776

New Stage Theatre, Jackson, MS

Thor, MORNING’S AT SEVEN

Lone Star Theatre, Galveston, TX

Andrew Carnes, OKLAHOMA

RF Simpson, SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN

Mr. Welch, DAMN YANKEES

Grand Opera House, Galveston, TX

Herr Schultz, CABARET

Multiple Characters, GYPSY

Stages of St. Louis

Andrew McLaren, BRIGADOON

Andrew Carnes, OKLAHOMA

St. Louis Repertory Theatre-Studio

Dr. Goddard, THE LIVING

St. Louis Repertory Theatre

Sillers, INHERIT THE WIND

Nick, CONVERSATIONS WITH MY FATHER

The Bystander, PYGMALION

Playhouse on the Square, Memphis, TN

Larkin, GOLF WITH ALAN SHEPARD

Human Race Theatre, Dayton, OH

Peck, HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE

Cincinnati Playhouse In The Park, Cincinnati

Sillers, INHERIT THE WIND

 

 

Acting, Commercial Video & Voice Clients [SELECTED]

            The National Parks Service, General Motors, Purina, Ahrens-Fox Videos, CPI Corporation, Payback, Inc, Keys Lounge, Fasteel, Trans World Express

 

 

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