Haywood Bill RIVERS US, 1922-2001


" Color, form and even music are captured in his canvases. With the support of the Rosenwald Fund, he also started Gallery Huit in Paris to share his vision and promote the work of other avant garde expatriates, like Ed Clark and Herbert Gentry."


- Aaron Payne

Haywood “Bill” Rivers was born in 1922 in North Carolina. He studied at the Art Students League in New York and the École du Musée du Louvre in Paris. His work saw considerable success, winning the Gretchen H. Hutzler Award, the Baltimore Museum Annual Prize, and Julius Rosenwald Fellowship in 1948, as well as the John Hay Whitney Fellowship in 1952. Rivers was a co-founder of Galerie Huit in Paris. The cooperative gallery exhibited many American artists including Paul Keene, Edward Clark, and Herbert Gentry.

The artist died in 2001. His work can be found in the collections of the Baltimore Museum of Art, La Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris and the Centre Georges Pompidou.