William R. Sargent (b. 1945, Haverhill, Massachusetts) received his BFA in Ceramic Design
from Massachusetts College of Art in 1968 and his MA in Art History from Marshall University
in 1978. After serving in the Navy for three years during the Vietnam War (from the fall of
1968 to January 1972) stationed in Santa Ana, CA, and on board an aircraft carrier in the
Mediterranean, Sargent applied for and received conscientious objector status in December
1971. Living through the emergence of the AIDS crisis in the 1980's, he lost several friends
to the disease.
He has been a museum curator since 1972, has traveled extensively lecturing, researching,
and vacationing in the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe, China, Hong
Kong, Egypt, South Africa, and Australia. He has published numerous articles and exhibition
catalogs on American art, contemporary prints, and Asian export decorative arts.