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William Catling, MFA

Professor, Department of Art and Design
Phone: (626) 387-5726
William Catling, MFA, was born in San Francisco and grew up in the Bay Area. He decided at an early age that art was what he wanted to do for life. Catling taught high school for 10 years, then moved to Southern California to begin teaching at APU in 1991. As an artist, he attempts to address the loss of our natural sense of being human—that is, our deeply intuitive sense of ourselves. He believes we have become disconnected from the natural rhythms of life.

The figures Catling makes are rough, cracked, aged, reflecting suffering and the internal capacity to connect to others outside oneself. Such suffering can evoke the viewer’s empathy and self-transcendence. Viewers can embrace the condition of the figures, thus engaging themselves in the process of reconnecting by joining in the transcendent element of the work. The work does not eliminate the body’s suffering but presents it as a condition for spiritual uplift.


MFA, Sculpture, California State University, Fullerton
M.A., California State University, San Francisco
B.A., California State University, San Francisco


  • College of Music and the Arts: School of Visual and Performing Arts
    • Art and Design
  • College of Music and the Arts


  • 20th Century/Contemporary Art
  • Art and Faith Integrations
  • Contemporary Sculpture
  • Gallery Preparation
  • Portfolio Preparation for the Studio Artist
  • Public Mural Projects

Courses Taught

ART 135 – Three-dimensional Design
ART 170 – Sculpture I
ART 430 – Applied Design
ART 501 – Integration: Theory and Practice I
ART 580 – Critique
ART 582 – Critique
ART 584 – Critique
ART 590 – Independent Studio
ART 592 – Independent Studio
ART 594 – Independent Studio

Office Location

Building One, Room 233, West Campus

Artist's Work

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