(American, born 1942)
Artist Willie Birch works in a variety of mediums including drawing, painting, and sculpture. He was born in New Orleans and draws inspiration from his native city and the African-American experience. He notes, “A major function of my art is to serve as a historical record of my times. My work is rooted in the notion that art can provoke social change.” He received a Bachelor of Arts from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Art Education from Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.