William Maughan was born in Long Beach California in 1946. He graduated with distinction from the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California in 1973. He studied with Lorsier Feitelson, and from 1976 to 1989 Maughan taught at the Art Center.
Maughan Co- Directed the Fine Art Department of the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, California from 1989 to 1995. He then served as Director of Foundations, from 1995 to 1999. Director of the Masters Program in both Fine Art and Traditional Illustration at the Academy of Art From 1999 to 2008, he returned to the Academy to direct the Masters program in Illustration after a short retirement. In 2012 He was bestowed with an Honorary Doctorate Degree.
William Maughan has been a commercial illustrator since 1973. A partial client list includes General Motors Corporation, CBS Television, Wells Fargo Bank, Fenwick, Boston beer, Captain Morgan and Dream Works. His illustrations have also graced the pages of T.V. Guide, Cosmopolitan, Field and Stream, Boys Life, Yachting, and Golf Digest. He has created numerous paperback book covers for New American Library, Torra, Pinnacle, Doubleday, and Harlequin, as well as Children’s books for Knopf, Oxford University Press, Dutton, and Crown Publishers.
MUSEUMS: Booth Western Museum, Cartersville, GA; Church History Museum, Salt Lake City, UT.
EXHIBITS: 2014 Group show, Italian Cultural Institute Gallery, San Francisco, CA; 2013 Group show, Walls Gallery, Greenbrier, WV; 2012 Group Show, George Stern Gallery, West Hollywood, CA; 2006 One Man Show, George Stern Gallery, Carmel, CA; 2002 Group Show, William Lester Gallery, Point Reyes, CA, 2001 One man show, Maxwell Gallery, San Francisco CA; 1999 One Man Show Dan May Galleries, Scottsdale, AZ; Group Show Springville Museum of Art, Springville, UT; One Man Show Maxwell Gallery, San Francisco, CA; 1996 Pastel Society of America, San Francisco, CA; 1996 Exhibition, Taipei, China; 1995 Pastel Society of America; 1993 Two-Man Show, Baker Gallery, Half Moon Bay, CA; 1993 Group Show, Husberg Fine Art, Scottsdale, AZ; 1989 Group show, Maxwell Gallery, San Francisco, CA; 1989 – 1999 Husberg Annual Biltmore Show, Phoenix, AZ