A South Carolina native, McCullough left his home state in 1968 to study at the Art Students League, and the National Academy of Art and Design in New York City. During his four years in New York, McCullough studied with acclaimed realist painters Eric Eisenberger and Daniel Greene. He also had the opportunity to apprentice with Robert Brackman and John Koch. In the early seventies, McCullough relocated to the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina where he honed his skills in landscape and still life painting. In 1978, he moved his family home to Kingstree, South Carolina and in 1989 the lure of the Lowcountry landscape prompted a move to Charleston. During his time in Charleston, McCullough taught at the Gibbes Museum Studio and earned national recognition for his work. He has earned renown for his modern realist paintings of interiors, still lifes, figures, and landscapes. They hang in Charleston bastions like the Cassique clubhouse at Kiawah Island, Roper St. Francis Hospital, and the Gibbes Museum of Art. His paintings are also in the permanent collections of the the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, and The Greenville County Museum of Art in Greenville, South Carolina. Now, back in Kingstree on the farm that has been in his family for generations McCullough likes to paint places and objects that he knows very well. He has said “the best paintings are of subjects not ordinarily seen as glorious.” He never runs out of subjects to paint; Southern interiors, landscapes in France, New York, and the Carolinas.
While McCullough also owns a home in southern France, where he paints annually, “After a month or two, I can’t wait to get back to Kingstree,” he says.
Born: June 24, 1948 – Kingstree, SC
1966-1970 – Attended Baptist College (Now Charleston Southern University)
1970-1972 – Studied at the Art Students League and National Academy of Design, New York
1971 – Certificate of Merit, Honorable Mention for “Man”, Salmagundi Arts Club Annual Exhibit
1971 – Elected to Membership to Salmagundi Club
1973 – One Man Show, Carolina Prints and Frames, Charleston, SC
1974 – Best in Show, Purchase Award – Spartanburg Bank and Trust Annual Art Exhibit
1989 – First Place Award, C&S Bank, Florence Museum of Art, Florence, SC
1999 – 2001 – Numerous One Man and Group Shows, 16 Patton Gallery, Asheville, NC and Blowing Rock Gallery, Blowing Rock, NC
2001 – Traveling Exhibit, Ann Long Gallery, Charleston, SC - Florence Museum, Florence, SC and Rutledge Street Gallery, Camden, SC
2006 – “William McCullough Southern Painter: A Retrospective Exhibition” City Gallery, Charleston, SC
Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC
Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, SC
Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA
2006 - History Press tome William McCullough, Southern Painter, in Conversation with William Baldwin, Southern Writer, compiled from days of talks between the longtime friends.
2007 - Garden and Gun Magazine; William Baldwin talks to the Artist about painting Close to Home