William Ladd born 1978 American Printmakers, Sculptors
Steven and William Ladd are brothers and artistic collaborators. They have built the foundation from their common early childhood memories and a close family bond. For more than ten years, the artists have explored the blurred boundaries between design and fashion, fine art and craft, with a concentrated fascination with materials and process. Their guiding principles inform everything they do: “Spend your life doing what you love. Be focused and disciplined. Collaborate.”
In the Fall 2014 exhibition Mary Queen of the Universe, Steven and William worked with 1,100 children and adults from 16 schools and community organizations for the Parrish Scrollathon. Participants toured the exhibition and learned about how the artists make and use their scrolls. Students collaborated to make the group piece on view here, 1960s TV Dinner , made individual scrolls to keep, and were each photographed for the portrait mural.
In 2006, Steven and William Ladd began working with children to use recycled materials to make art. Since then, they have led more than fifty projects internationally. Initially, these programs involved school children in creating scrolls from surplus textile material. Over time, Scrollathon developed into a series of workshops between the artists and a wide range of participants.
Support for the Parrish Scrollathon is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, The DeWitt Wallace Fund for Youth at the Long Island Community Foundation, and the Henry Buhl Foundation.